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FSM Holiday Greeting Cards

Published November 10th, 2006 by Bobby Henderson

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Is there any interest in FSM Holiday cards?

* Update *

Ok, I’m going to have cards made. They’re not going to be holiday-specific, though. I think the front will be the “Touched by His Noodly Appendage” creation painting, and the back will be the Pirate Fish. These will be 5″x7″, printed on 120# card stock, folded, with the inside blank (for Holiday greetings or propaganda, drawings of midgets, or whatever.)
Here’s what I’m thinking:

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Unless there’s a huge demand, the first printing will be ~ 2k cards, which is going to price them at around $1 each, including an envelope. Reasonable?

* Update 2 *

The cards are being printed. Buy them here.

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Persuasive Essay

Published November 9th, 2006 by Bobby Henderson

Here’s an interesting email I received recently:

My english teacher told us to write a persuasive essay, so i decided to write one about my beloved spagedeity the FSM. To my disgust my teacher saw me on the FSM website and stated “Thats garbage get off of there!” quite pissed and tempted to call the ACLU i decided to simply write an essay aimed towards my incompatent excuse of a teacher.

Dear Mr. ********,

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is not “Garbage” as you so crudely put it, but is in fact a fast growing religion. I cannot be upset with you over the fact that you’ve insulted my faith, because you like most people are ignorant to our existance. This is why I am taking this opportunity to explain to you the ways of Pastafarianism so that you may not be so critical of it in the future. If however, religious discrimination continues, the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) could be called upon to resolve these matters.

Pastafarianism has been around for nearly 2500 years, but has stayed hidden from the public until recently when the FSM (Flying Spaghetti Monster) approached our prophet Bobby Henderson. Henderson in turn wrote our only religious tome to date, “The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster”. Pastafarianism or FSMism, is the only religion based on imperical evidence of our creators existance. Evidence of His existence can be found in such places as “String Theory” which hypothesizes that all subatomic particles are made of small string like or “noodly” waves of energy, which would imply his creating of all things living and non, in his image.

FSMism is also not based on dogmatic beliefs, which means we do not believe that our faith is absolutely true, it could be completely wrong. All we ask is that you prove us wrong. If proven wrong we will alter our beliefs to fit the new found evidence. Furthermore FSMism is the most peaceful religion in the world. No one has been killed or harmed because of our beliefs which cannot be said for most religions. Take Christianity for example, a religion founded on killing. From the death of Christ, to the Crusades, even the Salem Witch Trials, Christian history is bathed in blood. Other religions still feud, Jews and Muslims still fight over who is the rightful owner of Israel to this day.

It is a common misconception that pirates were all theives and outlaws. They were in fact, a peaceful and fun loving bunch of sea goers who were misunderstood. Pirates are the chosen people of the FSM, and due to this, Pastafarians are incouraged to dress in full pirate regalia for religious holidays and also to spread our message. Pastafarian missionaries are different from typical ones such as Mormons and such. Mormons travel from door to door spreading their word and basically putting the occupant into an uncomfortable position. From my personal experience with Mormons it seems to me their missionaries message is simply put as “Join us or burn in Hell!”. This statement although harsh is basically true, FSM missionaries typically don’t travel door to door, but prefer public speaking. FSM missionaries don’t tell people to join us, we simply ask that you try us for 30 days. If you’re not satisfied then your god will most likely take you back.

In “The Gospel of the FSM”, a story is told of the prophet Mosey who led his people from their evil ruler to become pirates. Once free of their vicious tyrant Mosey led his people to a mountain, where at the top the FSM spoke to Mosey and gave him 10 stones upon which the FSM wishes were stated. Incidentally Mosey dropped two of the stones on the way down the mountain. This is believed to be the reason behind our religions flimsy morale standards. Mosey people became the first Pastafarians, and they prospered until the fall of the pirates in the 1800′s.

It is currently believed by Pastafarian scholars that the recent rise in global temperature is directly linked to the shrinking number of pirates. I have included a graph which illustrates this hypothesis.

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Pastafarianism is one theory of ID (Intelligent Design) which is the idea the the universe and all in it was created by an intelligent cause, that intelligent cause being a sole creator, or god. It has been proposed that ID be taught in schools along side Natural Selection and the theory of Evolution as an alternative explanation of life on earth. This proposal however has been denied by U.S. Federal Court, due to the fact that this proposal is in violation of the first Amendment of the Constitution. I for one don’t encourage the teaching of ID in schools due to the separation of Church and State. ID being based predominantly on the Christian God is basically the equivalent of teaching Creationism in school. If Creationism is fit to be taught in schools however, then so is FSMism, seeing as how it is an alternate theory of ID.

This essay is but a brief explanation of Pastafarianism. To fully understand our ways and beliefs, one would have to read the Gospel. Our Church also has an official website located at www.venganza.org. Now thay you have been introduced to our ways maybe you will be less judemental in the future.

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Muy Interesante

Published November 6th, 2006 by Bobby Henderson

The Flying Spaghetti Monster made the cover of Muy Interesante, a popular spanish science magazine. I have no idea what the article says, but here it is:
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Here are some higher quality images, if you want to try to read the article:
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UK opinion piece

Published November 3rd, 2006 by Bobby Henderson

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This opinion article was recently published in the UK’s Sunday Times:

I don’t believe in God. I do, however, believe in the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM), an invisible and undetectable being who resembles spaghetti and meatballs and created the world. I am a devout Pastafarian.

That’s a pretty good start for an article.  It then goes on to discuss other religions,etc.  Read the whole thing here.

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Church of the Non-Believers

Published November 2nd, 2006 by Bobby Henderson

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There’s an interesting article recently published by WIRED titled The Church of the Non-BelieversA band of intellectual brothers is mounting a crusade against belief in God. Are they winning converts, or merely preaching to the choir?

The number of nonreligious people in the US is something nearer to 30 million than 20 million,” he says. “That’s more than all the Jews in the world put together. I think we’re in the same position the gay movement was in a few decades ago. There was a need for people to come out. The more people who came out, the more people had the courage to come out. I think that’s the case with atheists. They are more numerous than anybody realizes.

…the big war is not between evolution and creationism, but between naturalism and supernaturalism.

There’s lots of interesting things in this article, including a few mentions of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Link to the article.

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FSM Halloween 2006

Published November 1st, 2006 by Bobby Henderson

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Thanks to everyone who sent in pictures of FSM pumpkins this Halloween. The FSM Pumpkin contest will go on until November 20th, so keep sending submissions and keep voting.
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Go to the contest page for more pictures and details.

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FSM Halloween Missionary

Published October 30th, 2006 by Bobby Henderson

Someone just sent me this video:

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fsm painting

Published October 22nd, 2006 by Bobby Henderson

Received this FSM painting from Jeremiah Palecek.

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I had a renewed interest in the FSM after seeing the Dawkins interview.  It reminded me of a painting I did a while back about the Pastafarian faith.

Jeremiah’s Blog: 1 Painting Every Day 

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FSM Protest In London

Published October 19th, 2006 by Bobby Henderson

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Hi,

I thought you’d like to see my pic of the FSM demo I held in Parliament Square (London). I’ve also sent you a copy of the pamphlet I made.

Perhaps a little background is in order.

In 2005, the British Government passed a law called the “Serious Organised Crime And Police Act” (SOCPA). Buried deep within new regulations dealing with money laundering etc was an additional, entirely unrelated provision that made it illegal to protest anywhere within 1 kilometre of Parliament without getting express permission from the Police a week before the protest (yup – protesting is a serious organised crime!). The rules were designed to get rid of a guy called Brian Haw, who has been protesting about Iraq (first sanctions against, and now the war) for 5 years non-stop (it hasn’t worked – he’s still there!).

Since the law came into force on August 1st 2005, people have been arrested AND convicted under SOCPA for such heinous crimes as standing at the Cenotaph (the UK’s national war memorial) reading the names of British soldiers killed in Iraq.

Under the principal of “defiance through compliance”, the 3rd Wednesday of every month has seen a series of Mass Lone Demonstrations against SOCPA. The idea is this: what if loads of protesters all turned up at the same time all wanting individual permission from the police to demonstrate? As the police can only really turn down an application on the grounds of public safety or public order, that means if 100 people turn up and apply for permission, then the unfortunate police have to license and approve 100 lone demonstrations. So we all troop down to Charing Cross police station a week before and apply. Come the 3rd Wednesday, we all meet in Parliament Square to demonstrate about – well whatever you feel like.

Anyway.

Last month I read in the paper that since the Creationists have had an arse whipping over “intelligent design” in US schools, they’ve turned their attentions to the UK, on account of we don’t have rules about the separation of church and state.

In September a creationist group calling themselves “Truth in Science” sent a pack to every secondary school (read ‘high school’ if you’re in the US) promoting the teaching of intelligent design as a counterpoint to the proven science of evolution, and including lesson plans and materials for GCSE students (GCSEs are the UK’s centralised secondary education school exit exams).

As it is just as important for UK students to learn about the Flying Spaghetti Monster alongside the scientific theory of evolution and non-scientific metaphysical ideas such as “Intelligent Design”, I figured I’d use my Mass Lone Demo for this month to spread the truth of His Noodliness to the people in and around Parliament Square.

It worked really well – I made an anglicised version of the FSM leaflet to distribute and stood by the gates of Parliament in full pirate dress extolling the virtues of Flying Spaghetti Monsterism. Mostly I got just smiles, but there were enough “yars” from people to make me think there are a lot of closet pirates in London. I even got some people to stop and listen to my brief description of the history of the Flying Spaghetti Monsterism, how the FSM created the world and why they should become pirates as well.

Peace

Jo Selwood

Attached: leaflet.pdf

Link to propaganda materials

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you can’t disprove the flying spaghetti monster

Published October 18th, 2006 by Bobby Henderson

Last night, Richard Dawkins was interviewed on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, and again mentioned the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

You can’t disprove the Flying Spaghetti Monster. – Richard Dawkins

The FSM comment is at about 1:50.

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