CO039 Peter Balint on Tolerance

Dr Peter Balint is a senior lecturer in International & Political Studies at the
School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia. His book, Respecting Toleration Traditional Liberalism and Contemporary Diversity was published recently by Oxford University Press.

In our discussion, I mentioned Pastafarianism, the parody religion that purports to worship Flying Spaghetti Monster, whose supposed adherents sometimes insist on accommodations that parody those of real religions, such as demanding the right to wear religious head-coverings – a colander – in photos government IDs where authorities allow that exception for other belief systems.