Yaarrrrr! Time to stand up and be counted folks - pass it on - let's get official recognition for the faith...
FSM makes complete Census
The 2006 Census will be conducted on Tuesday 8 August, when every Australian will be counted and asked to record where they live, what they do -- and what they believe.
The Australian Church of the FSM is appealing to all people who share our faith to record their religion as 'Pastafarian' on the Census.
As the Australian Bureau of Statistics notes on their website (www.abs.gov.au
"Church and religious organisations depend on the Census for information about how many people of their religion there are in different parts of Australia. They and others use the information to assess the need for religiously based schools, hospitals, community services and homes for the elderly."
With the phenomenal growth in Pastafarianism in Australia, it is now time for us to stand up for our faith. (We see a need for the Flying Spaghetti Monster Hospital for retired ailing pirates even now...)
Please note that some scoundrels asked Australians to answer their religion as "Jedi" in the 2001 Census. Our call is not such a prank. We are not asking people to record a false and misleading faith such as Jedi, we are asking people to be proud of the truth and call themselves Pastafarian.