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The Holy Colander, blessed of His Noodlyness because He Boiled for Us inside it, has once again confirmed its rightful place among the Holiest of religious head garments!
Aaron Williams, an Egg Harbor NJ Pastafarian and Sauced Beyond Marinated, has paid tribute to the just Licencing Laws of New Jersey and honoured Lord Glob by wearing the Holy Colander for a renewal photo. Joining Niko Alm with the desire to etch his devotion to the One True Monster in perpetuity, Aaron insisted that the Colander did not breach the Licencing Law.
Despite Aaron Spreading the Truth, the Unenlightened, dedicated as they are to the Law of New Jersey, were compelled to refer this Holy Matter to the State.
Here are some excerpts of Aaron’s Epistles of Enlightenment to the MVC from the original South Brunswick Patch report written by Davy James:
“What we deem as different or embarrassing is different from what another individual deems as different or embarrassing, in terms of religious practices,” Williams told Patch on Tuesday.
“Had it been a turban or a head scarf, or something from a mainstream religion, then it would’ve been fine,” he said. “I guess since they hadn’t heard of the religion, that’s why they opposed it. But that’s not really acceptable to me. They’re not in a position to discriminate against religions that are mainstream, or not mainstream, just because they may not have heard about it.”
“The people there were very polite, but I’d like to have better training for their employees, so I may be looking into some way to educate their employees on their own policies,” he said. “I feel like after I expressed my opinions and beliefs they were definitely more accepting. I was met with hostility at first and they were asking me what my problem was.
“I didn’t have a problem, they had the problem. After I expressed myself, they realized I wasn’t just some crazy person, but they still didn’t let me wear the strainer for my picture.”
Here is a link to Davy’s original article.
May His Noodlyness Touch the Unenlightened that they become strengthened by Protein, and that the Colander takes its true place not only among the world’s great head garments of faith but on the photo of every Pastafarian driver licence holder!
(Thanks to South Brunswick Patch and Davy James)
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If you ordered a certificate in the last week it’s in one of these mailers that were sent out yesterday:
The response was more than I anticipated and the majority of newly minted Pastafarian ministers live outside of the US which I did not expect.
There are at least 5 weddings planned in which a Pastafarian minister will officiate. I’ve gotten quite a few emails saying you are not allowed to do this. But like I’ve said, we maintain that our religion is as legitimate as any other. By all measures, our religion is more intellectually honest than any faith-based religion. If, when an ordained Pastafarian minister applies for a license to perform wedding in his or her region, the bureaucrat who processes those applications can reject it, if they wish. To date I’m not aware of that happening, but I realize there is some hoop-jumping required in certain areas. I am happy to write Letters of Good Standing or any other official documents that they may require.
To answer a question: I will make these as long as people want them and I am in the country. I move around a lot so if you would like one I’d recommend ordering it now.
Pastafarian Niko Alm has won the right to wear a colander as religious headgear on his Austrian driver’s license. Congratulations!
Niko Alm first applied for the licence three years ago after reading that headgear was allowed in official pictures only for confessional reasons.
Mr Alm said the sieve was a requirement of his religion, pastafarianism.
The Austrian authorities required him to obtain a doctor’s certificate that he was "psychologically fit" to drive.
The BBC article is fantastic and can be found here.
You can follow the link to (google’s translation of) Niko’s blog: here.
There’s something of a troll problem in the comment discussions. I think the BigGest offender has now finally been convinced to find another venue, but there will be more in the future who are bent on being disruptive.
Short of moderating all comments before they’re published (meaning it may be hours before they become visible), the options are a bit limited in what we can do. We have a few options but some trolls are persistent at getting around the obstacles.
One thing I wanted to make clear is that there is no opinion filter. The whole spectrum of opinion is welcome here – and especially when commenters are representing a minority view (strongly religious, for example) I feel obligated to give them the benefit of the doubt. What I am saying is, unpopular opinions are as welcome as popular opinions, but all comments must be somewhat civil. Commenters who are only disruptive will be asked to find a new venue. This last trouble-maker was ejected because he was trying to ruin the peace (and succeeding), not because he was religious. Many people asking for his removal were in fact Christians who felt he was giving Christians a bad name with his ranting.
The question is what to do with the comments left behind. It was argued that we should leave them in place to avoid any precedent of deleting comments. This makes sense to me.
For those looking for a more structured discussion forum, the FSM Forums are available and run a much tighter ship.
Thanks to everyone for the suggestions about the troll and for your patience.
2500 people at a rally to oppose a new pulp mill here in Tasmania, Australia. 3 people approached me to tell me how awesome FSM is (his noodles be praised!), and 2497 people looked at me like I was a nut-job. The things we do to get the good word out…
“I mean, do a group of old white ladies govern what goes on with my balls? No. They don’t. But this is what happens in America. Old white men who believe in an invisible man in the sky get to say what goes on in all women’s vaginas.” – Ned Hepburn, Death and Taxes.
Old white men
Death and Taxes magazine has an enlightening article on the showdown in Indiana over abortion you might want to check out.
Some background information: Indiana republicans are attempting to pass a bill to make abortions illegal after the 20th week. Democrats are opposed, and back and forth discussions have turned nasty – at one point Eric Turner, a republican House of Representatives member, suggested women may fake a rape in order to get an abortion.
As much as I want to stay away from political (and emotionally charged) issues, it seems that there is something more insidious happening here that needs attention. It’s plain this is less about governing and more about pushing a conservative, religious, agenda. More and more we’re seeing this brazen attitude where government officials are doing “God’s work” – not always explicitly declared, but not uncommon, either – and more worryingly, no longer is this seen as an extreme position by many. A disturbing number of people don’t see anything wrong with this, they somehow think that state capitals and courtrooms are a proper venue for these ideological battles.
Regardless of personal views on abortion, we all have an interest in keeping these discussions out of government. At a time when the economy is on the edge of collapse, when we are fighting multiple wars, when millions are unemployed or underemployed, our government is spending time arguing over personal ideology. This is precisely why religion was meant to be kept out of government.
What do Pastafarians think about the abortion issue? I for one believe that Life begins at the Creation of the sperm, and that sperm, as potential human lives, deserve equal protection given to fetuses and grown children. Think of the billions of sperm needlessly killed by such things as hot tubs and tight-fitting underwear. In the future we will learn to save every sperm Created, so these potential lives can each develop into human adults as the FSM intended. Who’s with me?
Join me at Save-Our-Sperm.org (a work in progress).