"If you know what you do, you are blessed. If you do not know what you do, you are accursed." -- Jesus on violating the sabbath for practical necessities, or not being deluded by dogma to the point of self-injury.
As a guest on this forum or among this religion, I would encourage the Pastafarian community to consider itself as more or other than a parody. A parody is a mockery for the sake of humor or commentary, an antithesis to make a point. Sure, the original Open Letter was a parody of ID, but CotFSM has gone beyond that now. If the parody was all it meant, there would only be one thread on this forum: ID vs Science. No one would wear a pirate hat or eat pasta on friday because of their CotFSM involvement. There would be no need for a Loose Canon, no 10 Suggestions, no pirate parties except to protest creationism, and so on.
Once people have made relations among themselves independent of the parody and start observing rituals and principles of the Pastafarian code "en situ," it has become a real religion. It serves all the purposes of any older religion. It is a non-exclusive religion, an intelligently designed religion, a religion that recognizes the limits of religion to determine the observable truth, a modern, agnostic religion if you will. A religion or spirituality does not have to be deluded by its own metaphors to have real religious benefit -- it is the failure of older religions to recognize this principle that makes them dangerous to humanity in the first place, their essential corruption and dishonesty.
Do you derive comfort, communion, enlightenment, entertainment, and/or education from your Pastafarian ways and interactions, well apart from the specific issue of the creationism vs science issue; and do you also realize that FSM is an intellectual construct and metaphor for the haphazard nature of human belief systems? Do you and numerous others sport/wear clothes, items, and symbols and artifacts of this religion in your daily life as part of your declared social identity? Congratulations, you are not deluded, you are taking part in a real religion! Both the clinical definition of delusion and the functional definition of religion support this conclusion. The basis of religion is not really some inner unsubstantiated belief, it is about practice and application of principles and values in your life. Pastafarianism is very much a real religion, thoroughly self-aware of its principles, by this argument, and it should be recognized as such by the internet and intellectual communities, and by governments of free nations.
It doesn't matter if the FSM is "true" or not, scientifically. No religion's mythos can be proven "true" by that standard. If it were, it would just be science. The right for a group to maintain a separate or additional legitimate value set and symbols and call it religion is protected by law in the better nations of modern times. CotFSM is a beneficent, self-aware, individually tolerant, scientifically supportive religion that holds high moral ground by this standard.
In case you didn't realize it, I DO have a sense of humor. How about you?
"I will not fear. Fear is the mind-killer... I will face my fear. I will let it pass over and through me, and when it has gone, only I will remain." --The Bene Gesserit
"Time is a spiral. Space is a curve. I know you get dizzy, but try not to lose your nerve." -- Neil Peart
"I'm not in the ship. I am the ship." -- River Tam
"The truth is simple. It's the lies that get complicated." -- me
"No matter where you go, there you are." --Buckaroo Banzai