"Cuddly Flying Spaghetti Monster" by Head / CC BY-SA 3.0

A Pastafarian hilariously trolled a town council meeting. The stakes are profoundly serious.

Sep 23, 2019

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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One comment on “A Pastafarian hilariously trolled a town council meeting. The stakes are profoundly serious.”

  • I was student sponsor for a Buddhist meditation group (non-religious in nature) at a large college in the Midwest in the 2000-aughts.  I had to field questions from the school newspaper about the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, an “organization” of which I was already fully aware.

    I could NOT get these bible-spouting morons to believe that it was a satirical “religion”.  They INSISTED it was a Real Religion and What Did I As A Buddhist (remember I am a NON-RELIGIOUS Buddhist) Think Of Their Silly Silly Religion?

    I finally gave up trying to talk sense to them and just opined that Pastafarians are no more silly or wrong than any other religion (given they are all silly and wrong and based on utterly unbelievable nonsense).  I don’t know what, if anything, of what I said to them ultimately made it into the school newspaper, because with “reporters” of that low caliber, there could not possibly be anything printed in that paper that was remotely factual or properly researched.  My money is on constant misspellings and grammar errors as well.

    20 or 30 years ago, there was a city council somewhere in Oregon – possibly in Portland itself though I frankly no longer remember – that decided starting their city council meetings with a religious service/ceremony/prayer would be A Good Idea.  And to avoid accusations of Xtian-centric discrimination, they allowed as how ANY religious organization could get on the schedule and do their thing.

    So some guy booked himself in to hold a service for his “religion” (and if this guy was NOT a pastafarian, he was the next best thing).  So he shows up for the city council meeting armed with puppets and presented a ceremonial puppet dance that went on for about half an hour.

    The city council promptly rescinded their bad idea, having now recognized just how bad that idea was going to be in an area full of libruls who were obviously WAY more interested in proselytizing puppetry than any of the local xtians were in presenting themselves front and center for religious impingement (and in fact a lot of the local xtians were against having prayer meetings instead of city council meetings).

    From the article:

    The Satanic Temple and the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster are playing a dangerous high-stakes game with the Supreme Court.

    The stance the author is taking seems to be that the Pastafarians and Satanists (who are not magic-believing devil worshipers but rather hyper-rationalists) ought to stop tweaking the gubmint every time it tries to drag us back into the realm of xtian-first (preferably ONLY) gubmint sponsorship of religion because the current supreme court might someday find against them.

    Well guess what.  They are even MORE likely to take offense to somebody’s REAL religion. If it takes a guy wearing a colander on his head and pirate gear making obeisance to the Flying Spaghetti Monster to keep gubmint out of our religious AND non-religious bizness, then more power to them!  They are protecting my rights, and the rights of EVERYONE.  There are a LARGE number of ignoramusi out there who believe that “freedom of religion” means you have to have SOME religion, else no protection.  So no protection for atheists or agnostics, and frankly, no protection for anybody belonging to something they decide is a “cult” rather than a “real” religion.

    ALL religions are cults.  NO religion is “real”.  March on, minions of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.  May the Skull and Crossbones e’er wave!

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