Posters are still available – though for how long, I don’t know – so if you want some, now would be a good time to purchase. I’ve made some changes to the Shop, take a look if interested.
From the Columbus Museum of Art. Can anyone doubt that Dale Chihuly is divinely inspired?
I think we noticed this some time ago but for those who doubt Keith’s observation, I will just post this photo of Mr. Chihuly:
I’ve attached a couple of photos I took on the 25th of February here in Tampere, Finland. I also submitted these photos to a local newspaper, which turned the whole thing as somewhat of a small phenomenom with numerous other people commenting that they saw the same thing. Some people even sent the paper additional photos. Here‘s the link to the news story.
Most of the people speculating the article were certain that the formation in the wintery sky was either chemtrail from fighterjets or an angel (yeah right). Only a couple commenters we’re able to point out that this is clearly FSM. Or Cthulhu.
And a horrible storm shook and wobbled the mighty Pirate galleon, and all the pirates trembled in fear. But the brave and pious captain said upon them: “fe’Arr not me mateys! Tharr be rescue in the mighty FSM!”
And there came a great wave, about to crush and sink the galleon, and the pirates trembled again. But the captain bellowed “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance his Noodly Appendage will bring you today!” And came his Noodly Appendage and rescued the Pirates, before the wave sunk the galleon, and His Noodly Appendage plucked them from the furious sea.
And the Pirates said to the Lord: “Deliver us not unto land, to be marooned and without rum, but bring us unto a lonesome vessel, so that we may plunder.” And His Noodliness granted their wish, bringing forth a swift aerial abordage, and the Pirates plundered the booty and the wenches, and hung the Pirate Fish flag on the main mast.
So fear not, my brethren and sistern, for the almighty FSM saves all that praise him. In the name of Noodle, Sauce and the Holy Parmesan.
Milek is the same talented artist who made this amazing painting some time ago:
You can see more of his work at his DeviantArt page.
Thanks very much Milek, you rule. I was blown away by this painting. Check out this closeup, the amazing detail work:
Milek’s new poster is available for sale at the FSM Poster Shop
Now that the new server is set up in Sweden (thanks again, SeriousTubes), I can offer FSM-related hosting to anyone interested. FSM clubs, FSM-related projects, etc. I can set you up a subdomain such as blah.venganza.org, or you can point your domain at the server. No strings attached because this all furthers the Cause. Just contact me if you’re interested. Probably no FSM porn.
The FBI took down a Christian militia group in Michigan on Monday.
The indictment said the Hutaree, who describe themselves as “Christian warriors,” viewed all law enforcement as their enemy. It said they had planned a violent act to get the attention of the police, possibly by killing an officer at a traffic stop, and then attacking the funeral procession with explosives.
The arrests of the Hutaree members comes amid what the Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama non profit that tracks extremism, has called “an explosion of new extremist groups and activism across the nation.” The organization has cited the economic downturn as a major reason for the change, and also contends that the far-right has been particularly animated by the election of the nation’s first black president.
That is pretty disturbing. I agree with the author that a lot of these occurrences are related to nutball “conservatives” rather than nutball “Christians”, however the two groups have quite a bit of overlap. I got a lot of flack a few days ago for saying religious people don’t stand up against extremists in their own religion (only in opposing religions). It will be interesting to see the Christian response to these arrests. I suspect we’ll hear a lot of the No True Scotsman* type arguments. “No True Christian would do these things”, immediately close mind.
* From Wikipedia:
No true Scotsman is a logical fallacy, an ad hoc attempt to retain an unreasoned assertion. When faced with a counterexample to a universal claim, rather than denying the counterexample or rejecting the original universal claim, this fallacy modifies the subject of assertion to tautologically exclude the specific case or others like it.
Imagine Hamish McDonald, a Scotsman, sitting down with his Glasgow Morning Herald and seeing an article about how the “Brighton Sex Maniac Strikes Again.” Hamish is shocked and declares that “No Scotsman would do such a thing.” The next day he sits down to read his Glasgow Morning Herald again and this time finds an article about an Aberdeen man whose brutal actions make the Brighton sex maniac seem almost gentlemanly. This fact shows that Hamish was wrong in his opinion but is he going to admit this? Not likely. This time he says, “No true Scotsman would do such a thing.”
—Antony Flew, Thinking About Thinking (1975)
Update: There’s a related article today in the Washington Post, The Hutaree militia and the rising risk of far-right violence.
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.
We are a group of swedish student, who a while ago cleaned out a pretty messy kitchen- all of a sudden we saw a pretty familiar form appearing on the kitchen floor.
Everyone what strung by a bit of panic and excitement, but we wasn’t sure if we really saw what we thought.
But then it happenend, his divine and holy noodliness showed us his face …
… and never again will a doubt cross our minds that the pastafarian way is the right way.
The East Region Pastafarais of Gothenburg
I would like to send you the above photograph as incontrovertible evidence of the existence of his Noodliness as recorded in the fossil record here in New Zealand.
Unbelievers may question how such a fossil can exist since a deity (by conventional theological “wisdom”) says that a deity has no physical form. The answer of course is clear: ask any New Zealander and they will tell you that our land is “God’s own country”. It is clear that this statement harks back to a time long ago when his Noodliness (or people created in his own image) once roamed these blessed shores.
Should other Pastafarians wish to visit this shrine to see the Deity for themselves He/it may be found at the south end of Takapuna beach in the rocks exposed at low tide. Regrettably I have not yet seen tears of blood flowing from this fossil but then as you can see His Noodliness’ eyes are not exposed to view, only his Noodly Appendages …however I am sure it does happen !
Good find. I lived in New Zealand for a year. Nice place.