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2010 Census and FSM

Postby kevinf on Fri Apr 24, 2009 5:49 pm

The 2010 Census is rapidly approaching. Should we as like-minded types decide on a coordinated response to questions of faith? Should we all reply "FSM-ism" or "Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster" or what? In order to have the most excellent impact we need to all be on the same page.

This will be starting soon, so let's sort it out now.

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Re: 2010 Census and FSM

Postby Scott the Pirate on Sat Apr 25, 2009 4:18 pm

I was debating this very choice the other day. I can't decide between "atheist" and "Pastafarian". I bet if you ask the moderator real nicely you could get this moved to the "Demographics" section and we could have a nice little vote on the matter.
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Re: 2010 Census and FSM

Postby ET, the Extra Terrestrial on Sat Apr 25, 2009 5:02 pm

I'm going with Pastafarian.
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Re: 2010 Census and FSM

Postby Scott the Pirate on Sat Apr 25, 2009 5:32 pm

I'm probably going to go with "Pastafarian" as well, but i feel that "agnostic atheist" ("it's not possible to know" and "No, I don't believe there is one") is closer to the mark.
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Re: 2010 Census and FSM

Postby ET, the Extra Terrestrial on Sat Apr 25, 2009 6:12 pm

If you want people to understand that you spurn mainstream religion but nevertheless consider yourself part of a community with a common philosophy, go with Pastafarian. If you want people to wonder WTF you said, go with agnostic atheist. Only about one in a thousand will understand it, and most of the rest will focus on atheist and try to push you into the river.
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Re: 2010 Census and FSM

Postby Scott the Pirate on Sat Apr 25, 2009 6:19 pm

There's always a good burning....
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Re: 2010 Census and FSM

Postby daftbeaker on Fri May 01, 2009 7:02 pm

Is there not a chance that between bad handwriting and lazy readers it will be interpreted as 'Rastafarian'?
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Re: 2010 Census and FSM

Postby ET, the Extra Terrestrial on Fri May 01, 2009 8:28 pm

Damn. Elijah ought to be along any minute now... :annoyed:
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-- Philip K Dick

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Re: 2010 Census and FSM

Postby kevinf on Sun May 03, 2009 6:35 am

I guess the problem is that even if they get one million Pastafarians they will simply toss it aside as a hoax, which of course it is but equally valid and evidence based as any other religion. On the other hand, it would be great if atheists actually made a good showing this time. It would be good if there was a codified response to heighten impact, no matter which way we decide to do it.
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Re: 2010 Census and FSM

Postby lordpunkmonk on Sun May 03, 2009 9:36 am

no they won't...

a long time ago hundreds of people wrote down jedi and they had to put it as a demographic
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Re: 2010 Census and FSM

Postby Scott the Pirate on Sun May 03, 2009 4:00 pm

So are we going with "Pastafarian" then?
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Re: 2010 Census and FSM

Postby daftbeaker on Sun May 03, 2009 5:20 pm

lordpunkmonk wrote:no they won't...

a long time ago hundreds of people wrote down jedi and they had to put it as a demographic

No they didn't. Snopes.

Personally, I think Pastafarian (Flying Spaghetti Monster) {or Pastafarian (FSM) if short on space} is less likely to be misread than just Pastafarian.

Us limeys/jocks/taffs have got an extra year to think about it and see what happens in the US.
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Re: 2010 Census and FSM

Postby Scott the Pirate on Sun May 03, 2009 7:03 pm

I'm putting either "Pastafarian" or "Athiest"...now to decide which..
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Re: 2010 Census and FSM

Postby fueledbycoffee on Sun May 03, 2009 10:03 pm

I'd be tempted to put down "Satanist" if I could, just for funsies. I'd say out of the two, Atheist. Put down Pastafarian, odds are the next day the DEA'll come a'knockin'.
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Re: 2010 Census and FSM

Postby ET, the Extra Terrestrial on Sun May 03, 2009 10:20 pm

fueledbycoffee wrote:I'd be tempted to put down "Satanist" if I could, just for funsies. I'd say out of the two, Atheist. Put down Pastafarian, odds are the next day the DEA'll come a'knockin'.

Wouldn't be any big deal here, nothing to find. I'll be amazed if they census me anyhow. Nothing as interesting as that ever happens up here. The big excitement in town this week is watching Todd put in his new fence.
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Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
-- Philip K Dick

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