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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.
~DJN

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. 

-bobby



350 Responses to “I can appreciate a good joke”

  1. Inge says:

    Just like Keith said: We do not judge anybody else’s belief, as long as he/she/ is not trying to force anybody else to join him/her.
    Religious beliefs surely help some. So do placebos. I hold nothing against either, why should I?

    Only thing is, once you do some background check as to the facts (who actually wrote the bible? Obviously it weren’t the evangelists, so how came the bible to be? Why is it that it contains so many inconsistencies? No wonder to avoid discovery lay people weren’t even supposed to read it in their native language and translation was restricted into the middle ages) you start wondering and digging.
    So for example I read the works of Dr. Pepe Rudríguez and to put my findings in a nutshell I will cite a letter of Pope Leo X (1513 – 1521) to Cardenal Bembo, which reads in Spanish as follows:

    //Desde tiempos inmemoriales es sabido cuán provechosa nos ha resultado esta fábula de Jesucristo.//

    Translation:

    Since inmemorable time it is well known how useful this fable of Jesus has turned out to be for us…..

    I do not urge you to come to a conclusion much like dear Leo.
    I do not even try to make you search any conclusion at all.
    Live as you see fit (as long as no other living being comes to harm).

  2. Chadders™ says:

    Reminds me of the PirateBay legal claims

  3. HerpDerp says:

    Anyone know how to SEND HateMail?

    • FlurpleDood says:

      Why are you even on here? And google it Mr.Derp.

  4. Austin says:

    Isn’t it funny how the Christians wouldn’t get mad if we were making jokes about Judaism?

  5. such a joke says:

    u guys are idiots this is such a joke of a religion

    • Keith says:

      Are you a fly by troll or are you willing to stop and discuss your views?

  6. Sure Bob Sure says:

    “I can appreciate a good joke as much as any other guy. But …”

    There’s always a “but”. Tyrants fear laughter, religious tyrants most of all.

  7. SillyKiwiMan says:

    Then prove us wrong, asshat.

  8. Rev. Linguine says:

    The sentence “I simply choose to believe that there is a God” does not make sense. You cannot “choose” to believe something. Either you believe or you don’t. “Choosing” to believe something in spite of well-established facts or in spite of a feeling that what you believe in is really just bullshit that is just lying to yourself. And lying to yourself is meaningless. It is like playing chess with yourself, trying to pretend you don’t know what your “opponent” is up to.

    Of course, I personally choose to believe in Pastafarianism. May the Monster be with you.

    • Atsap Revol says:

      Playing chess with yourself is better than playing chess with a pigeon.

      • Shannon says:

        Well, let’s think about that: you actually don’t know what the pigeon is thinking.

        So, while you might be rather foolish for choosing a dumb bird for your opponent, you’re at least being honest with yourself about it.

        • Atsap Revol says:

          The Reference to playing chess with a pigeon comes from an earlier post by a Matey Pastafarian. I’ll paraphrase the axiom: “Never play chess with as pigeon. He’ll knock over all the pieces, shit on the board, and then strut around as if he’d won the game.”

          AR

        • Atsap Revol says:

          AS should be A

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