For some reason, there seem to be a significant number of atheists out there who get some meaning in life by impersonating religious people. A good example are the atheists who pretend to believe in a Flying Spaghetti Monster. One such “believer” is Stephen Cavanaugh, the inmate who sued to practice his “religion” while in prison.
Cavanaugh said prison staff had repeatedly discriminated against him by not allowing him the right to meet for worship services and classes, to wear religious clothing and pendants and to receive communion.
In a postscript in his order, Gerrard said Cavanaugh did not explain what he meant, but it is clear from the FSM Gospel that “religious clothing” means a pirate costume and “communion” is a large portion of spaghetti and meatballs.
Cavanaugh’s suit was dismissed, probably because he was trying to make some serious money off the con:
He also sought $5 million for his “deep emotional, psychological and spiritual pain” for not being allowed to practice his religion and for staff mocking and insulting his faith.
So I wondered why this FSM believer is in prison.
Stangler met Cavanaugh when the men were stationed at the same military base in New York state. Stangler said he tried to help Cavanaugh out when they first met by letting him sleep on his couch. When Cavanaugh began showing signs of “trouble,” Stangler cut off the friendship. However, his wife continued to stay in contact with Cavanaugh.
Eventually, the Stanglers returned to Grand Island, and Maile Stangler invited Cavanaugh to Nebraska.
Additional problems occurred, such as Cavanaugh hacking into online accounts belonging to Maile Stangler and sending messages as her, the Stanglers said.
And here is why he is in jail:
The Stanglers and Russell said they wanted Cavanaugh arrested because of the threats and harassment. When he showed up at the Stanglers’ house on Sunday, he chased Stephen Stangler and Russell around the yard with the hatchet, they said. When police arrived, Maile Stangler said Cavanaugh wouldn’t listen to police, and it took three Taser shots to take him down.
Oh my. The Pastafarian is a would-be axe murderer.