I have drawn a rosary for a class project. Hope you like it :)
I have drawn a rosary for a class project. Hope you like it :)
Dan created this Pastafarian Temple in Minecraft – the massively popular multiplayer sandbox survival game in which you place and destroy blocks. Religious people often build churches and mosques on the landscape. Dan put them to shame with this masterpiece:
I’ve heard from several UK Pastafarians that it’s Census time in Britain. In 2001 there was a movement to make “Jedi” a recognized religion by the government. It would be fantastic if Pastafarianism could gain similar recognition.
So, UK Pastafarians, on your 2011 Census, if you are a Believer, write Pastafarian as your religion.
I’ve gotten a lot of emails about this and I see a lot of comments saying the same thing – there is a feeling by many that it is important to put “No Religion” on this year’s census form, and the British Humanist Association makes a pretty strong argument for this.
If you say you’re religious on the census and don’t really mean it, then you are treated by some sections of the media, churches, and even government policymakers as if you are a fully-fledged believer.
While there are many True Believer Pastafarians, a large number of us could be described as not literally believing our own scripture. That’s not all that unusual in religion (many Christians don’t take the Bible literally) but that we are honest about our own reservations *is* unusual (and an important part of our religion). I often hear this brought up in arguments why Pastafarianism is not a “real” religion. My feeling is that defining religion is always done with some agenda and we’re best off not fitting into anyone’s small-minded definitions. But this problem remains – there are a huge number of people who get something positive out of Pastafarianism without literally believing the scripture. This census question, when asking people to define themselves in such simple terms, can’t fully capture a person’s view of a very complex subject.
If I was a UK citizen I would find this a difficult choice. Good luck!
Thanks to Kaitlyn for this beautiful illustration:
I got a surprising number of angry emails about this. Surprising because while I can see how “He Boiled For Your Sins” could be viewed as making fun of the Christian “He Died For Your Sins”, I know that there was no intention to offend.
We find the barrage of Jesus-on-a-cross imagery and “He died for your sins” propaganda tasteless and gaudy. We find the concept of Original Sin offensive. We believe it mocks rationality.
Most of all, we believe it’s a dangerous thing when religion is seen as above criticism or humor. So while we’re aware that some of the things we say will offend, that’s not our intention – merely an accepted cost of the larger goal of shining light on what in our view is lunacy. We can respect people and their beliefs *and at the same time* criticize what they send out into the world – there is no contradiction.
My son called me over to show me this detail from a 1630 German display cabinet that is currently on display in the Getty museum in West LA. It clearly and indisputably shows the image of His Noodliness, carved by a really talented worshipper 481 years ago. Our religious fervor was only broken by the professional grade snarly face of the security staff. They have some other cockamamie idea what the image depicts, dreamed up by godless LA leftist landlubbers no doubt.
Aaargh, Jeff (not my real pirate name)
Saw this while I was looking at one of my favorite websites. Instantly thought of Him.
Hope you enjoy!
Michael spotted this man protesting the anti-union measures in Wisconsin today on CNN. I know there are many Pastafarians in Madison and that most all of us are in support of your efforts. Stay strong, guys. Let us know how we can help.
My name is Robert, I’m 12 and I am a devout Pastafarian. I’ve created a piece of art detailing the first moments of creation. I’d be honored if you posted this on your wonderful website. Here it is, I hope you like it.
Very nice! I particularly like the FSM’s eyes – you captured His intense concentration at that crucial moment.
Did you guys hear about this?
An American couple that has sailed the world with a yacht full of Bibles was hijacked by Somali pirates, and the U.S. said it is assessing possible options.
The Adams — who are members of the Marina del Rey Yacht Club in Marina del Rey, California — run a Bible ministry, according to their website, and have been distributing Bibles to schools and churches in remote villages in areas including the Fiji Islands, Alaska, New Zealand, Central America and French Polynesia.
The pirates from Puntland are not hardline Islamists and the fact the Adams carry Bibles is not likely to be a problem. Pirates in Puntland are known to spend their ransom spoils on alcohol, drugs and prostitutes.
[More at MSNBC]
I feel bad for the captured missionaries, and their families. Aside from the fact that the coast of Somalia is one of the dumbest places in the world to be sailing and they should have known better, they are in a nightmare situation now.
I have to wonder, though, did they sail into the region with the idea that their God would protect them from the well-known threat of pirates in the area? They are on a Quest after all. Here’s a quote from their website, “Another aspect of our travels is friendship evangelism – that is, finding homes for thousands of Bibles.”
When they saw the pirates approaching, what did they think? Was their faith shaken? I suspect it wasn’t. But maybe there was a moment before they were taken hostage when they were forced to question whether their God wanted them out there distributing thousands of Bibles. Maybe they saw this as a sign to stop. Or maybe they saw it as a sign to evangelize to the pirates? In any case, Pastafarians wish for your safe release, Adams family.
Sad, unexpected news … the US Military discovered all 4 Americans killed by the pirates.
Four Americans taken hostage by Somali pirates off East Africa were shot and killed by their captors Monday, the U.S. military said. The deaths mark the first time U.S. citizens have been killed in a wave of pirate attacks plaguing the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean for years.
It remained unclear why the pirates — who are widely seen as rational, if ruthless businessmen — would kill their only form of leverage. U.S. naval officials insisted they had not launched a rescue operation and are still trying to piece together events.
Graeme Gibbon-Brooks, the head of Dryad Maritime Intelligence, said he was confounded by the turn of events.
"We have heard threats against the lives of Americans before but it strikes me as being very, very unusual why they would kill hostages outright," he said, adding that the pirates must realize that killing Americans would invite a military response.
The military said U.S. forces have been monitoring the Quest for about three days, since shortly after the pirate attack on Friday. Four Navy warships were involved, including an aircraft carrier.
[More at NPR]
I’ve gotten some emails that I should take this post down because it’s “not funny anymore”. But it was never meant to be funny and it’s certainly not meant to be now. From all indications, the two couples were great people, and so what if some of us did not agree with their chosen missionary work – we are compassionate human beings who feel this is a tragic event. Our condolences go out to the families.