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Navigating Workplace Dress Codes: A Pastafarian’s Guide to Religious Expression

pastafarian hard at work

In an era where workplace diversity is increasingly recognized, Pastafarians still find themselves at a crossroads when it comes to expressing their faith. Pirate Regalia and Colanders, symbols of our belief, are often met with misunderstanding or outright prejudice. Beards, piercings, and tattoos, which connect us to our Pastafarian ancestry, face similar challenges.

What Can We Do?

Understanding the need for respectful dialogue and legal awareness in these situations, we’ve developed a specialized letter-generator. This tool is designed to help Pastafarians request exemptions from workplace dress codes in a manner that is respectful, effective, and legally informed.

How Does It Work?

The letter-generator simplifies the process of drafting a request for religious accommodation. It guides users through essential elements including:

  • An introduction from a representative of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
  • A list of specific religious practices for which accommodation is sought, such as wearing colander/tricorn headwear, pirate regalia, growing long hair and beards, and displaying tattoos and piercings.
  • An explanation of the religious significance behind these practices.
  • A reference to the legal framework that supports religious accommodations in the workplace.
  • A courteous request for the revision and adaptation of existing dress code policies to include these religious practices.

What’s The Point?

Our goal is to affirm that every individual, including Pastafarians, has the right to religious expression, whether at work or in school. This letter-generator is a step toward ensuring that Pastafarians can practice their faith openly and without discrimination.

Call To Action

We encourage all followers of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to use this tool to assert their rights to religious freedom and expression. Here is the tool: Religious Attire Request Generator. Your feedback and stories about the results are greatly valued.

Vancouver says no Pirate Hats in ID photos, again

The fight continues. Vancouver’s ICBC department says Pirate Hats and Colanders are not acceptable religious headwear. Gary Smith of the Church of FSM of British Columbia has been battling the department for some time. I’m sure all of us are looking forward to the time when this department respects religious freedom.

“Ultimately, religion is a choice,” said Smith, the Canadian representative with the International Pastafarians’ Captains Conclave. “But not so much for members of a certain sect.”

ICBC doesn’t see it that way.

“We have advised Mr. Smith on numerous occasions that we do not recognize him as a member of a religious group that requires accommodation in the context of a service customarily available to the public under the British Columbia Human Rights Code,” ICBC said in a Jan. 24 statement to Glacier Media.


Please check out Jeremy Hainsworth’s excellent article about the dispute here at VancouverIsAwesome.

Pastafarian Pirate Party in Queensland Australia


Pirate Party at Pelican Park, Queensland, Australia

Sunday, April 24 at 12 PM

We need you! For the Pastafarian Pirate Party at Pelican Park with the Project. We’re inviting everyone who can make it to a day of pirate fun so we can show the Project what Pastafarians are all about. Faith, fun and pirates! So dress up as a pirate, or if you do not have pirate attire, wear your colander, bring a picnic and refreshments. If it looks like it will rain we are trying to book the Bramble Bay Bowls Club function room as an alternative venue.

More details here at the Facebook event page here