By Ian Millhiser
Last Tuesday, Barrett Fletcher, the “founding pastor of the First Lower Peninsula Congregation of Pastafarians,” placed a pasta strainer on his head and opened an Alaskan local government meeting with a prayer.
“I’m called to invoke the power of the true creator of the universe, the drunken tolerator of all lesser and more recent gods, and maintainer of gravity here on earth,” Fletcher solemnly intoned before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and the gathered audience. “May the great Flying Spaghetti Monster rouse himself from his stupor and let his noodly appendages ground each assembly member in their seats.”
Pastafarians are adherents — or, at least people who hold themselves out as adherents — of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. The Church is a satirical faith, founded in 2005 to troll government officials who want to break down the wall of separation between church and state.
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