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Rev. Rowan Redbeard wrote:Aside from the complete lack of hierarchy that already exists, and the very flimsy nature of our religion in the first place...
I don't think any of the proposals that have to do with being on the forum would properly represent the entirety of our religion. There are Pastafarians who don't do much of anything online. There are reddit Pastafarians, Facebook Pastafarians, YouTube Pastafarians...
Anything that relies solely on how active someone is here or whether or not they are a forum member means that we ignore the rest of our brethren-in-sauce.
And even if we did decide to have a hierarchy, why must it mimic Christianity?
We don't need a Pope. We need an Admiral!
Proposed Hypothetical Hierarchy:
The Flying Spaghetti Monster (hallowed be His sauce)Flag Officers
Prophet Bobby Henderson (the Quill of the FSM)
Admiral of the Fleet (Head Honcho Numero Uno: Yer Arrrrliness!)Deck Crew (One each per Ship)
Vice Admirals (Responsible for overseeing a region or category of Pastafarianism.)
Rear Admiral (Responsible for a portion of a region or category.)
Commodore (Lowest ranking flag officer. Oversees multiple Ships.)
Captain (In charge of single Ship. Can also make new ranks specific to their Ship.)Ship's Hands
First Mate (For larger Ships, 2nd in command.)
Bosun (Also for larger Ships. In charge of ensigns, swabbies, and cabin persons)
Ensign (Experienced minister/monister)
Sailor (Newly ordained minister/monister)Ship
Swabby (New recruit, interested in becoming ordained.)
Cabin boy/girl (General all-around helper, not interested in being ordained, or too young to be.)
Ship (Entire congregation and Ship's Crew, collectively)
Matey/Mateys (Generic term for believers/congregation members)
Other Titles for Ordained Ministers
Captain (even if you don't have any crew... but for each crew, there can only be one Captain)
daftbeaker wrote:But if I stop bugging you I'll have to go back to arguing with Qwerty about whether beauty is truth and precisely what we both mean by 'purple'
Zac Reaves wrote:I suggest that when and if the Prophet dies, that he or she be replaced by the Admiral and another Admiral is elected, or we could not. Just putting it out there. Also, I agree with the person above me. We should have an organization of Pastafaraian groups, also we should somehow implement the Council of Olive Garden into this hierarchy.
Qwertyuiopasd wrote:Attention all Pastafarians! The Council of Olive Garden is seeking submissions to be canonized into the Second Edition of the Loose Canon. If you have any inspiration, revelation, long-lost and recently translated scripture, please contact us! Submissions may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or posted in any of the appropriate threads, and you may PM Platypus Enthusiast, DaveL, Qwertyuiopasd, The Dark Noodle, or Dechujoh64 with any questions, concerns, or comments...Be sure to let us know if you have something to submit, or that you plan to write (er, that is, transcribe), as the deadline is September the 30th. And despair not if you miss the deadline, as the Canon will never truly be finished, there’s always the next edition.
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