All about The church of the flying spaghetti monster
The church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, the deity of what began as a parody religion and grew to become a social movement. The adherents, who call themselves Pastafarians, purportedly number in the tens of thousands and are primarily located in North America, Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
The Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM), which is said to be invisible, is depicted as a floating mass of spaghetti noodles with a large meatball on either side of its body and two centrally located eyestalks.
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster began in 2005, when Bobby Henderson, a recent physics graduate of Oregon State University, sent a letter to the Kansas Board of Education, which was debating the inclusion of intelligent design theories in high school classes on evolution.
The letter, which parodied the reasoning used to argue a scientific basis for intelligent design, stated that teaching about intelligent design must also include the alternative theory that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster. Henderson received no response, and he posted his letter on the Internet, where it attracted a great deal of popular attention.
Articles on the viral sensation were published in numerous newspapers, and fan sites began to appear.
The tenets of the religion, as laid out initially in Henderson’s letter and expanded on in his The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (2006), posit that the world was created to appear older than it is and that whenever a scientist performs a measurement, such as carbon dating, to show the age of an artifact, the FSM changes the results with His Noodly Appendage.
Similarly, gravity is said to result from the FSM pushing down on people. Pirates are held to be the first Pastafarians, and global warming is explained as being the result of the decline in the number of pirates since the 1800s. Pastafarians are encouraged to dress in pirate regalia.
Friday is celebrated as the Sabbath, and Holiday is observed in late December. The code of conduct is laid out in the eight “I’d Really Rather You Didn’t.” Belief is not required of church members, however, and dogma is rejected.
Pastafarians have challenged laws that give particular privileges to religious ideas, practices, or bodies of worship in several countries and jurisdictions, frequently by seeking recognition as a religion, with varying degrees of success.
In 2011 a Pastafarian was allowed to wear a colander on his head in his driver’s license photo in Austria, which permits religious headgear for official documents, and the colander was later recognized as religious headgear in the Czech Republic, New Zealand, and the U.S. states of Massachusetts and Utah.
Where is the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster?
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster was accepted as a religion in the Netherlands in 2016, and that same year the first legally recognized Pastafarian marriage was celebrated in New Zealand.
Who’s Bobby Henderson
Bobby Henderson is an American physics graduate, known for being the founder of Pastafarianism.
Age: Born in 1980.
Education: Negligible (B.S. Physics).
Book: The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
He grew up in Oregon, USA. College: Oregon, New Zealand. After college, He lived in Nevada and then Arizona, and then Oregon again, and then wandering around. He lived on an island in the Philippines for 3 years. Now he is back in the US. Occupation aside from prophet of FSM: Hobo, hammock enthusiast. Also, various nerd work around computers.
The church of Flying Spaghetti Monster Not a Religion
In April 2016, a federal court ruled (USA) that Pastafarianism the religion of those who profess belief in the deity of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is not a real religion.
the case centered around a Nebraska prison’s denial of a prisoner’s request to be afforded the same rights and privileges as his fellow religious inmates in order to observe his Pastafarianism—including being permitted to regularly eat pasta as communion and to wear a pirate costume as religious clothing.
The prisoner, Stephen Cavanaugh, sued the prison officials for injunctive relief and money damages on the grounds that he was being denied a basic privilege of religious observance.
In a 16-page decision, Nebraskan U.S. District Judge John Gerrard ruled to dismiss the suit, writing that the Court found Pastafarianism to be a satire rather than a true religion.
“This is not a question of theology: it is a matter of basic reading comprehension. The FSM Gospel is plainly a work of satire, meant to entertain while making a pointed political statement,” Gerrard wrote. “To read it as religious doctrine would be little different from grounding a ‘religious exercise’ on any other work of fiction.”
Noting that some might argue that all religious texts, including the Bible and the Quran, are works of fiction, Gerrard added