I hope everyone has a great time.
I hope everyone has a great time.
It is that time of the year again, when Pastafarians can dress in official pirate regalia and Spread the Word without fear of religious persecution. And while some may be wearing these costumes for other reasons, I have to believe that some day they too will be Touched by His Noodly Appendage.
Please send me your Halloween Evangelism photos and I’ll post them here. As always, pirate girls are encouraged to send in their photos. For academic reasons. Or maybe some sort of equal opportunity thing, I don’t know.
Below are some photos from this year and some of my favorites from previous years. Keep them coming.
Pumpkin art is one of my favorite forms of evangelism. Here are some great pieces:
More to come. Send me your photos!
Greetings from Rev. Benito (Spain) on the International Talk Like a Pirate Day.
FSM bless you!
The ship tossed around the open sea, as the pirate crew spun franticly.
“OH LORD, WHAT HAVE WE DONE TO UPSET THEE!?” They cried in utter misery. But alas it was to late, the followers had met their fate.
Although all stressed, they would confess that they knew this mess, was their own fault. If they wished to be caressed, by his noodlieness, then why did they do less than expected?
They always dressed in pirate attire and blessed their meatballs before they chewed.
But the pirate’s mistakes were in their fates as soon as they entered the temple.
In the town of Noodliopia, the holiest utopia, where only Pastafarians roamed, was a lovely old man, his hair neatly combed, who was the meatball messiah.
In all of their greed the pirates agreed, that Noodliopia had much potential.
They schemed and gleamed as they cleaned their swords, ready to raid the temple.
Although in a rush, they came in a hush, not wanting to wake Captain Jones Eliah (the meatball messiah).
Soon they had reached, the place they would breach and started to enter the temple.
But then out of nowhere, they heard a loud screech as if there was water boiling over.
They looked up to the sky as hot water rained down and the town was covered with meatballs.
The people ran out and Eliah did shout “Alas you ass, you have woken the lord!”
The Flying Spaghetti monster came down in a whirl and banished all of the pirates.
He sent them out far on a horrible quest to find the biggest octopus (It was never found).
Then Captain Eliah, the meatball messiah pleaded to thee “You have touched me with your noodly appendage, let you do so to our dwelling. We need some protection and thou art our leader, so please save us now.”
The Lord was wise and did rise to muster his strength, and with all his great power, he lifted the tower, that was engraved with scriptures.
He lifted the temple and the homes of the followers and moved them to a safe place.
Now Captain Eliah, the meatball messiah, and all of his most loyal companions, live somewhere safe, to carry the faith, of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
Rewritten (originally written thousands of years ago) by Sammy, (13 years old from California)
I thought I’d share my latest battle with science. PZ Meyers is an outspoken atheist and Biologist. I went along to his talk in proper garb and questioned him on obvious discrepancies in his arguments against ID theory.
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.
Cristof spotted this pirate ship cake pan on reddit (unknown link).
Open call for submissions!
How about it? Let’s brainstorm and see if we can’t come up with some fantastic attractions and artwork. I will be shocked if we can’t outdo the Ark Encounter. Here are some themes to work with but don’t let this limit you:
* Beer Volcano
* Midgets (I’m making that hand waving gesture because it’s a touchy subject (I think (or is that a touchy subject to mention it))
* The mystery of the Pirate Fish (specifically why has its origin never been explained?)
* The Creation Mountains
What am I missing?