Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

When a student in the US state of North Carolina was suspended for coming to school dressed as a pirate, he immediately claimed that the ban contravened his inalienable human rights because it was part of his religion.

Bryan Killian says that he follows the Pastafarian religion, and that as a crucial part of his faith, he must wear ‘full pirate regalia’ as prescribed in the holy texts of Pastafarianism.

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, or Pastafarianism, was founded by Oregon State physics graduate Bobby Henderson. In 2005, Bobby sent an open letter about a giant “Flying Spaghetti Monster” as a satirical protest against the decision made by the Kansas State Board of Education to permit to learnings of intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in public schools.

Intelligent design is that stuff no one teaches except for Christian fundamentalists. Mr. Henderson basically mocked the concept of intelligent design by professing belief in a supernatural creator of epic proportions that closely resembles a mass of spaghetti and meatballs.

According to the Flying Spaghetti Monster website, Pastafarian (a combination of pasta and Rastafarian) beliefs are:

  • We believe pirates, the original Pastafarians, were peaceful explorers and it was due to Christian misinformation that they have an image of outcast criminals today
  • We are fond of beer
  • Every Friday is a Religious Holiday
  • We do not take ourselves too seriously
  • We embrace contradictions (though in that we are hardly unique)

The central belief is that an invisible and undetectable Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe and made the world by the touch of his noodly appendage.

Pirates are revered as the original Pastafarians, and Pastafarians assert that a steady decline in the number of pirates over the years is responsible for global warming. I find that as good an explanation as any for that particular phenomenon…

The Flying Spaghetti Monster is often used as a modern version of Russell’s teapot. Masters of the universe argue that, since the existence of the invisible and undetectable Flying Spaghetti Monster, just like other proposed supernatural beings, cannot be falsified then it’s all a matter of faith…

Now you might think that this is completely nuts, but it’s no more ludicrous than any other religion and makes just as much sense as the Easter Bunny!

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