In the Open Letter To Kansas School Board from Bobby Henderson, bobby tried to point out that a religion is only "legitimate" because someone says so. Let me give you a hypothetical
you: "I am a pastafarian and in my religion it says to worship in your own way. I choose to grow a beard because the hairs remind me of the FSMs' noodly appendage and its gentle touch."
them: "won't the hairs on your head do?"
you: "1) didn't you hear the part about "MY OWN WAY"? 2) if you need justification (and why should i need to clarify it's MY religeon!) here's a pic of the FSM"
he Kinda has a beard made from noodles, right?
Them: " this is fake I won't allow it
you: "why is it fake?
them: "because I say so"
you: "I say that YOUR go doesn't exist, sihks beards are only allowed because their god says their hair is a gift and WHY is your word any better than mine? I BELIEVE this and is my belief in the FSM any less valid than a christians belief in a white-bearded-God-who is also a man-who is also a ghost. Is my belief any less valid than a hindus belief in an eight armed elephant headed god called ganesh or belief of a crocodile headed Egyptian god?
Saying my god does not exist is legally a religious hate crime because you allow other people to believe in THEIR gods without ANY proof but BAN me from following my god"
Now the question is... do you have the BALLS to follow your belief? will you cower in the face of un-believers or will you be strong and hold fast?
Are you a REAL airman who will defend his beliefs from the attacks of the disbeliever or will you back down because you are afraid you'll be disaplined or fired?
But remember, if you do back down... the FSM teaches tolerance so let the big boys think they have won and walk away knowing that, hey, at least you tried ;)
I hope this helps you and p.s., I'm in the uk too and I know the fight you'll have to face. if you ever need to talk, drop me a pm and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. I'm always happy to help.
Sledgehammer to the forehead. Night night cow!