I certainly don't see Pastafarianism as a weapon against religion. It's definitely a good tool for arguing with creationists, and it can be used in similar fashion to other fundamentalists and conservative-minded religious people. The main point is to take yourself, especially your religion (or even lack thereof), a little less seriously.
I like practicing Pastafarianism as a "real, non-parody" religion, though. Albeit a rather unique one, because it's even more obviously metaphor. I don't literally believe in a Flying Spaghetti Monster and all that, but the FSM is a useful face to give to God (or the absolute, or the great mystery, or the tendency for religion in humans, or whatever) for me to interface with. It's entirely made up, and is even continually being made up, but I believe that's basically true for all religions. I don't think that necessarily detracts from them, though.
I mean, if the whole point of the FSM is that our creation story is just as plausible as creationism, or our Unintelligent Design is just as plausible as their Intelligent Design, then what's to stop the religion as a whole from being just as functional as any other religion?
And no, the fact that I don't actually believe the literal truth of the FSM isn't proof that I'm not actually a "real non-parody" Pastafarian, because the entire point of the religion is that it's made up and not actually true.
Food is a great metaphor for religion.
tl;dr It can be done! Of course, I realize I'm likely in the minority here, and I'm not suggesting we change the wikipedia entry or anything. It definitely is just satire for many people. And Lord Potato, if the point of not calling it a parody any more is only to enhance the parody, then I am against that, since it does need to be clear that it's a parody (when it is one). But I'm also against the idea that no-one uses it as a real religion (again, one that operates rather differently from most, but still identifiably and functionally a religion), since at the very least, I do.
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'
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