Fnic at StickMenComics featured our religion in this strip.
The Univeristy of South Carolina Pastafarians organized a successful counter-protest of the hate group Westboro Baptist Church’s demonstration at the South Carolina State House on Tuesday.
We’ve mentioned (and counter-protested) Westboro Baptist Church before; they’re an extremist Christian sect best known for their godhatesfags website (alluding to a Leviticus verse taken out of context) and protests of American soldiers funerals. They tour around the country spreading their message of intolerance, generally to the disgust of onlookers. It’s unclear what exactly they were trying to accomplish in SC.
Here is a picture of some Westboro demonstrators, so you can get an idea of what they’re about:
If anything good has happened as a result of these hateful small-minded people it’s that the tolerant nonsecular community has so often come together in response. The USC Pastafarians did an amazing job of staging this counter-protest of the Westboro crew.
Here are some pictures:
I think I spot a pirate. Crowd was estimated to be in the hundreds.
Amusing signs are something of a tradition in these counter-protests.
It’s true, Leviticus outlines a variety of stuff God hates. Shrimp is on the list. I think some of these are speculation (but that’s fair game in religion).
I’m told this gentleman was wearing very short shorts, for the cause.
This one took me a while.
Thomas Jefferson would have approved of this, I am confident.
I’m with God. Jenga sucks.
So many people. You can really feel the love in the air.
Pastafarians love everyone …
Even (especially) gay robots
Nice work, guys.
Gay robot love.
Pastafarians are longtime supporters of Gay Robot Rights
You guys did an amazing job and I wish I could have seen the show.
More pictures, videos, information regarding this event:
Facebook event page with pictures, video, etc
Local WOLO News video coverage — There was a clash of ideals on the State House grounds Tuesday. The radical Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas came to Columbia. The group is known for protesting at soldiers’ funerals and spreading a message of hate against homosexuals and Jews. But dozens of counter-protestors outnumbered Westboro Baptist fifty to one.
A final note
I want to point out that the majority of the counter-protesters were non-secular, as is often the case. It is a disturbing reality that the conservative members of a religion are often silent in response to the extremist members. This more than anything is the big evil hanging around organized religion. It’s true that most members of any religion are good people; it’s also true that those good people often remain silent when nutjob members do crazy shit.
I don’t know the solution, but I have to believe that these types of counter-protests are a step in the right direction.
Awesome work, guys.
Dead Marine’s father ordered to pay protesters’ legal costs.
The father of a Marine whose funeral was picketed by the Westboro Baptist Church says an order to pay the protesters’ legal costs in a civil claim is nothing less than a “slap in the face.”
“By the court making this decision, they’re not only telling me that they’re taking their side, but I have to pay them money to do this to more soldiers and their families,” said Albert Snyder, whose son, Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, was killed in action in Iraq in 2006.
Members of the fundamentalist church based in Topeka, Kansas, appeared outside Snyder’s funeral in 2006 in Westminster, Maryland, carrying signs reading “You’re going to hell,” “God hates you” and “Thank God for dead soldiers.”
Among the teachings of the church, which was founded in 1955 by pastor Fred Phelps, is the belief that God is punishing the United States for “the sin of homosexuality” through events such as soldiers’ deaths.
Our kiva team has raised over $200k, most of that in the last year. That is pretty amazing, all things considered. It’s interesting to see the Religious Congregation teams sorted by total amount loaned. Team FSM is ranked above the Mormons, Catholics, Muslims, Buddhists, and others – and below only the Baha’is.
Please join our team if you’re interested.
Greetings. I am a college instructor who teaches public speaking, film, and religious studies. I wanted to get a tattoo that expressed my dedication to the 1st Amendment. I am not a theologian, but a historian of religions, and my area of expertise is the Medieval Church. So, my tattoo artist and I came up with this design. I think it effectively demonstrates freedom of expression, speech, and religion. And, I wanted to share it with you. May you be blessed by his Noodly Appendage!
Artist Trading Cards are little pieces of art, 3.5 by 2.5 inches. They are only traded, never sold. The ones in the photo were created by my swap buddies for my Dear Husband,Tom (in the photo). They came from all over the US and several other countries, from paper artist, painters, fiber artists, sketch artists, collage artists…
The framed ATCs were a gift for DH who spreads the word of the pastafarians and loved reading the letters that came with the ATCs. This project brought out a few folks who were familiar and many who were touched by his noodley goodness for the first time.
Back in May in the closing days of school, the Astronomy teacher at our school, aka Johnson, had his final for his class be to paint a ceiling tile of different galaxies, constellations, or anything Astronomical. Myself, who already took the class but had Johnson for 3 other hours, decided to paint one also. But i wouldnt be painting any stars, oh no… I found it necessary to paint the Almighty FSM.
After starting my project, my friend Slabcock said he would help also. I diligently worked on my portrait while the other students in the school were taking their writing finals.
With blood, sweat, and tears, it finally came around. It was directly put on display. Everyone was in awe of His Noodleiness. Johnson loved it also, and I put it smack dab in the middle of the room. On it had one simple message…
So for the years to come, He will be overlooking all and will be there for any inspiration.
Very nice, Matt, you do excellent work. Some of you will remember Matt and Slabcock from their earlier work.
Halloween is coming up in a few short weeks. Please send me photos of your FSM pumpkins, FSM costumes and any sightings of Pastafarian Missionaries or Saucy Wenches you come across.
The photo above and photos below are some highlights from past years.
A few links from previous years:
I was in need of caressing by his noodliness when this happened to show up in my mailbox. I now feel his presence when I worship him at Olive Garden.
I recently got my driver’s license and bought my first car. Obviously the next step was getting the car registered, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that WWFSMD was available as a vanity plate! I quickly doled out the extra cash it would cost to have the plate, inspite of my parents objections to the fact that “no one would know what it means.” I say that doesn’t matter, other Pastafarians will. Apparently there aren’t many around my small town, I wonder how many Pastafarians will be in the city I’m going to for college?