this wasn't covered in the FAQ. Is there a forum thread where this has been discussed before?
Joke all you want, but less then tolerant people who desire to oppress pastafarianism can and will attempt to defile the idea of a pirate. In modern day times, "pirate" is beginning to mean any number of things that vary from the romantic golden age pirate ideal. Terrorist and Political Kidnapper come to mind.
I think it would benefit the religion as a whole if you took a minute to establish what pirates are NOT-- i.e. they are not aquatic terrorists who kidnap oil freighters and explode them in some harbor. They are NOT kidnappers who seek to use hostages for political gain.
Also, minor note, what about copyright piracy? There's an actual pirate party... (just wiki it) how is this group and the idea of intelectual piracy related to pastafarianism?
For example, were the Iranians that captured the british sailors this past month pirates? They were causing havok on the high seas. By modern pirate standards, they might be some form of pirate. The Tamil Tigers have their own navy, to a point. What about them? How about if the pirate is involved in some sort of organized crime? Is this a religion that supports that kind of activity?
A Cutlass, blunderbuss, and traditional pirate regalia back in the day were just as menacing as an RPG and an AK-47 are today. Does it matter what weapons they have? What about their methods of operation? And what about what kind of booty they intend to capture-- the whole ship, the ship safe, or it's cargo?
And what about Rum? Is rum particularly holy, or merely the most popular of drinks in the religion? We all know that pirates have been around since the dawn of sea-faring man, but Rum CLEARLY has not.
If Bobby is ever going to accomplish his goal of getting Pastafarianism the same level of respect as other religions, you're gonna have to be prepared to answer some tough questions.
As of 5/2, new to Pastafarianism, I may be a convert.