I can appreciate a good joke

Published February 15th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

I can appreciate a good joke as much as any other guy.  But there’s a difference between making a joke and insulting other people.  When you begin to bring in specific religious practice or condemnations for not doing as the religion "requires," that becomes an insult.  Think of it this way: your website is good, but what’s the point of your occasional advertisement on the bottom with a picture of the religious book of FSM saying "Save Your Heathen Soul"?  It directly says to others that if you don’t believe what we tell you, you’re wrong and going to hell.  Yes, I’m a Christian, no I don’t believe most of the things in the church’s past were okay.  I simply choose to believe that there is a God, and if anybody has any questions about my faith, I’ll be happy to answer and guide them if that’s what they want.  If they believe otherwise, I’ll allow them to stay that way, because there’s nothing I can do to force their belief.  All I’m really saying is, think about what purpose each thing you say serves, and whether it’s taking it a step too far.

The point of our church is not to offend, but understand it is bound to happen.  Most of us in the Church of FSM are not anti-religion, and we have many Pastafarians who are active members of mainstream religions.  Part of what we’re doing here is questioning ideas considered rude to question.  Or, knocking down religion a peg – however you want to look at it.  We think it’s a dangerous situation for institutions and ideas to be above scrutiny.  

At the risk of spoiling the “Save Your Heathen Soul” joke, I’ll explain it.  You see, Christians often threaten nonbelievers with THEIR hell-place for various sins or sinful lifestyles – either explicitly, or indirectly, or in a judging veiled-friendliness sort of way.  But nonbelievers DON’T BELIEVE IN YOUR HELL.  Aside from the fact that we find it offensive the idea that we need a rulebook to define our morality, it is a strange proposition to be invited to believe in scripture in order to be saved from a consequence of it.  The “Save Your Heathen Soul” joke is a nod to other nonbelievers who have experienced this phenomenon. 

But, DJN, I honestly like Christians, the majority of those I know – and my experience in running the Church of the FSM has only increased my opinion of Christians (really).  I believe that the majority of Christians are thoughtful and open-minded, and that most are members of churches partly because of a belief in God, and partly because of the social benefits and community that being part of a church allows.  I get a ton of emails from thoughtful Christians who understand what we’re doing here at the Church of FSM – people like you who don’t approve of the abuses perpetrated in the Name of God. 

So, understand that around here there is an effort not to offend people, but at the same take a hard look at the strange business of religion. And in this way we give Glory to The Almighty Flying Spaghetti Monster, the one and only True God, who someday I hope Touches you with His Noodly Appendage so that you may know His Loving Embrace. 


366 Responses to “I can appreciate a good joke”

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  2. Evan Bergo says:

    Hello I think the resemblance is only a coincidence because the FSM would never do anything bad like infect people with illnesses

  3. Evan Bergo says:

    I just wanted to check back on this site because I haven’t gone on in awhile. Praise the pasta and keep the saucy goodness coming plz!!!

    • Keith says:

      It is still chugging along but few people seem to post comments these days. They seem to have been put off by the massive spam campaign.

      • SillyKiwiMan says:

        Where’s our Prophet when we need him?

        It’s enough to make one question one’s faith!

  4. Link says:

    Great article.|

  5. WHY DO YOU CARE says:


    • Keith says:

      You left your caps lock on.

    • SillyKiwiMan says:


      Like all religions. There are a couple still hanging around, but I take comfort that they too shall fail. They’ll be replaced by others, but in time they’ll end up on the heap of man’s failures to explain what he can’t understand.

      • Keith says:

        Probably just another drive by nut case.

        • SillyKiwiMan says:

          They’re no fun. As annoying as I find the proselytizing zealots, like that little dick Gabe, it’s fun to poke them and shoot down their arguments. At least if they read our responses, they might think a little.

          It doesn’t take much to run past someone yelling “you’re a dick and you’re wrong”. To hear the response, as unpalatable as it may be indicates that you hold your convictions seriously enough to defend them.

      • Apprentice Frederic says:

        SKM – right, we applaud your optimism: man’s failures to explain what he needn’t bother with do *belong* on the trash heap. Re: “Where’s our Prophet…?”: As folks used to say: “Keep the baby, Faith!”

    • Rasputin says:

      Dear WHY DO YOU CARE, which church are you talking about? It can’t be ours. Pasta is soft and squidgy. “”Hard” can only be applied before it’s been boiled. The future of all other religions is that they’ll become weaker and weaker over the next few centuries. They are collapsing slowly, like gently deflating balloons. Not with a bang but a whimper. The church of the FSM (bless his noodliness) will outlast all of the other religions because it actually makes sense. Plus it’s funny.

      • theFewtheProudtheMarinara says:

        And delicious. Don’t forget delicious!

        • Rasputin says:

          Yeah, and delicious.

  6. Patricia says:

    You people are stupid. What is next… you are going to worship shit?

    • Christopher says:

      Such enlightening words, Patricia. Perhaps you would consider contemplating your own thoughts and motives a bit further?

    • SillyKiwiMan says:

      At least shit (like his Holy Noodliness) actually exists.

      • Rasputin says:

        Dear Patricia, I wouldn’t like to be touched by Shit’s noodly appendage. Each to his own I suppose. I’d love to see a video, “Two Deities, One Cup”.

  7. The pasta preacher says:

    Am I the only person who wonders if all of these religions are simply giving the same god different names? What if there is just one that we are confusing by calling them FSM or Jesus or Satan or whatever you want to call him.

    • Rasputin says:

      The FSM chooses to be depicted as spaghetti because pasta has very little flavour in itself. We ourselves add the flavour: Spicy pepper sauce or tomato or cheese or whatever. Pasta can even be made into a sweet dessert with milk and sugar. The FSM says to us, “You get out what you put in” or, “You put in sh*t, you get sh*t out”. If your god orders you to behead non-believers or chop off your foreskin or hate somebody, that says a lot about YOU because:
      (a) Your god doesn’t actually exist and-
      (b) Your actions depict the kind of person you are.
      We Pastafarians believe in drinking beer, dressing as pirates and watching strippers. What’s not to like?

  8. Adalberto Leversee says:

    bow down to the white knight here…..

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