December 21, 2010
Festivus May Become a Real Religion
By Francis Nye and Lilly Winters
An attorney for an inmate Malcolm Alarmo King at the county jail convinced a Superior Court Judge, Derek G. Johnson that Festivus is a legitimate religion which allowed King to receive a 'kosher diet' of double portions without salami.
For those who may not know, Festivus was created by the writing staff of the Seinfeld television program for a show about an alternative to celebrating Christmas.
According to defense attorney Fred Thiagarajah, when King was prosecuted for a felony controlled substance charge, he said eating salami was against his religion. Judge Johnson pulled King’s lawyer and the prosecutor aside and said he needed a religion to put down on the order to make it stick, explained Thiagarajah.
“I said Festivus,” said Thiagarajah. The order was granted – three non-salami meals a day.
It all sounds crazy but maybe someday we will see Festivus churches soon. Like all religions past and present all that is needed is a prophet to write the Book on Festivus and then his disciples to add more dogma after his death and voilà you have a real honest to goodness religion.
Orange County Festivus’ Story:
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