In honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day, Follow Our Case is spotlighting Cavanaugh v. Bartelt.
Stephen Cavanaugh was incarcerated in the Nebraska State Penitentiary. He identified himself as a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, which was founded as satirical statement on teaching intelligent design in public schools, but that ostensibly claims legitimacy as a religion.
“We believe religion – say Christianity, Islam, Pastafarianiasm – does not require literal belief in order to provide spiritual enlightenment,” the Church of FSM says on its About page. “Much of the transcendent experience of religion can be attributed to the community. And while