Ger­man court rules against ‘Spaghetti Mon­ster’ church

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A Ger­man court BER­LIN — has ruled that lo­cal au­thor- ities are en­ti­tled to pre­vent a group call­ing it­self the Church of the Fly­ing Spaghetti Mon­ster from advertising its “noo- dle Masses” at the en­trance to an eastern town.

It’s stan­dard prac­tice in Ger­many for small signs at the en­trance to towns to an­nounce there’s a Lutheran or Catholic church and de­tail when it holds ser­vices. The “Spaghetti Mon­ster” group, an or­ga­ni­za­tion that criti- cizes re­li­gion as in­tol­er­ant, wanted per­mis­sion to do the same in Tem­plin, north­east of Ber­lin.

News agency dpa re­ported that the Bran­den­burg state court ruled Wed­nes­day the group can’t claim the rights of a re­li­gious or philo­soph­i­cal com­mu­nity. Judges said its crit­i­cism of oth­ers’ be­liefs doesn’t con­sti­tute a phi­los­o­phy.

The group says that it’s a hu­man­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion and plans to ap­peal.

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