A school in North Buncombe, North Carolina, has created controversy by suspending one of it's students for wearing a pirate costume which he insists is part of his religion. The student is a Pastafarian - a follower of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
Pastafarians believe that the world was created by a touch from the noodly appendage and that global warming is caused by the decline of pirates. Pirates are seen as 'absolute divine beings'.
Pastafarianism came to the notice of the public when it's prophet, Bobby Henderson, demanded that his teaching be given the same amount of classroom time as Intelligent Design in Kansas classrooms. Since then it has gained many followers.