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Petroglyph evidence of the FSM

Published March 31st, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

We have this picture of His Noodliness from a spot North of Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico, from some petroglyphs in las Labradas and here it is.

-Antonia

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Rosary

Published March 29th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

I have drawn a rosary for a class project. Hope you like it :) 
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Minecraft Pastafarian Temple

Published March 23rd, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

Dan created this Pastafarian Temple in Minecraft – the massively popular multiplayer sandbox survival game in which you place and destroy blocks.  Religious people often build churches and mosques on the landscape.  Dan put them to shame with this masterpiece:

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UK Census

Published March 22nd, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

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I’ve heard from several UK Pastafarians that it’s Census time in Britain.  In 2001 there was a movement to make “Jedi” a recognized religion by the government.  It would be fantastic if Pastafarianism could gain similar recognition.

So, UK Pastafarians, on your 2011 Census, if you are a Believer, write Pastafarian as your religion.

*Update*

I’ve gotten a lot of emails about this and I see a lot of comments saying the same thing – there is a feeling by many that it is important to put “No Religion” on this year’s census form, and the British Humanist Association makes a pretty strong argument for this.

If you say you’re religious on the census and don’t really mean it, then you are treated by some sections of the media, churches, and even government policymakers as if you are a fully-fledged believer.

While there are many True Believer Pastafarians, a large number of us could be described as not literally believing our own scripture. That’s not all that unusual in religion (many Christians don’t take the Bible literally) but that we are honest about our own reservations *is* unusual (and an important part of our religion). I often hear this brought up in arguments why Pastafarianism is not a “real” religion. My feeling is that defining religion is always done with some agenda and we’re best off not fitting into anyone’s small-minded definitions. But this problem remains – there are a huge number of people who get something positive out of Pastafarianism without literally believing the scripture. This census question, when asking people to define themselves in such simple terms, can’t fully capture a person’s view of a very complex subject.

If I was a UK citizen I would find this a difficult choice. Good luck!

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He Boiled For Your Sins

Published March 21st, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

Thanks to Kaitlyn for this beautiful illustration:

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*Update*

I got a surprising number of angry emails about this.  Surprising because while I can see how “He Boiled For Your Sins” could be viewed as making fun of the Christian “He Died For Your Sins”,  I know that there was no intention to offend.

We find the barrage of Jesus-on-a-cross imagery and “He died for your sins” propaganda tasteless and gaudy.  We find the concept of Original Sin offensive.  We believe it mocks rationality.

Most of all, we believe it’s a dangerous thing when religion is seen as above criticism or humor.  So while we’re aware that some of the things we say will offend, that’s not our intention – merely an accepted cost of the larger goal of shining light on what in our view is lunacy.  We can respect people and their beliefs *and at the same time* criticize what they send out into the world – there is no contradiction. 

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FSM bike rack in Baltimore

Published March 17th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

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Sam spotted this FSM bike rack on Bike Baltimore.  They claim this is a crab but it’s likely they just have not been enlightened yet.  

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Cabinet sighting

Published March 7th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

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My son called me over to show me this detail from a 1630 German display cabinet that is currently on display in the Getty museum in West LA. It clearly and indisputably shows the image of His Noodliness, carved by  a really talented worshipper 481 years ago. Our religious fervor was only broken by the professional grade snarly face of the security staff. They have some other cockamamie idea what the image depicts, dreamed up by godless LA leftist landlubbers no doubt.

Aaargh, Jeff (not my real pirate name)

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