I hope everyone has a great time.
I hope everyone has a great time.
This guy, Bill Whatcott,
has nothing to do with the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
We hear he crashed a Vancouver pride parade posing as a member of the Calgary Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and then passed out anti-gay leaflets.
I find it all very sad, and while I hope no one actually believed this douche represents the Church of the FSM, I wonder if there’s anything that can be done to keep him from using our name and symbols in the future.
Here’s an article talking about their antics.
Team FSM has reached $2 Million in loans on the micro-lending site Kiva. We’re now the top-lending religious congregation on Kiva, above the Buddhists, Catholics, Muslims, and — especially pleasing to me – above the Mormons, who we’ve been in a friendly competition with for years. Congratulations everyone!
What is Kiva? Kiva is a platform where you can make small loans to people in poor areas that need help starting small business. We make small, interest-free loans towards the projects we support, and Kiva combines them to fund the loan to the person who wants to build a small workshop, farm, restaurant, fruit stand, etc. These are interest-fee loans in places like Cambodia, Peru, Uganda — places where traditional bank lending to the poor is unavailable (or predatory). Kiva ensures that the loans are paid out and that the money is paid back. A lot of us feel this is the best way of bringing economic growth to the poorest areas.
I’ve had a good experience with Kiva and I encourage anyone interested to check it out. And please join our amazing team and help us continue to trounce the mainstream religion teams.
Encouraging news, reported by The Observer out of Dunkirk, New York:
A unique style of headwear was present during newly-seated Pomfret Town Council member Christopher Schaeffer’s oath of office Thursday afternoon, but it wasn’t intended to keep his head warm.
Schaeffer wore a colander (a strainer typically used to drain water from spaghetti) while Town Clerk Allison Dispense administered the oath of office to him before the board’s reorganizational meeting. When the OBSERVER asked afterward why he wore a colander on his head, Schaeffer said he was a minister with an even more unique organization – the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
This may be the first openly Pastafarian sworn into office. For sure, the first to be sworn in wearing a colander.
I imagine Council member Schaeffer is getting a lot of heat because of the news coverage. Some people will see it as obnoxious or a sign that he’s not taking the oath of office seriously. But I am completely confident that Schaeffer will distinguish himself as a Council member of the highest caliber.
Scaeffer’s statement at the end of the article says it all:
“Mostly, I’m just looking forward to making sure that the town is run smoothly and we meet the needs of all of our citizens,” he said. “If anybody ever has any concerns or questions, I hope they contact me, because I want to make sure that everyone is represented.”
You can read the article here at the Observer.
The Tampa Tribune featured the FSM Holiday display in today’s paper, front page.
The sign says “A closed mouth catches no noodly appendages.”
And here’s the Christian nativity display that started all of this:
What do you think — next year, will the Florida Capital allow any religious displays?
Thanks to Jay Nelson for the photos.
Great news! The Florida Capitol building has endorsed our religion by allowing an FSM Holiday display on its grounds.
The Florida Capitol building just made a move that Sarah Palin is likely to interpret as a hostile affront in the so-called “war on Christmas,” approving a religious statue from the Pastafarian group of their deity the Flying Spaghetti Monster to be included in the Capitol’s holiday displays.
You can read more at Death and Taxes magazine.
I like this — Arizona Rep. Juan Mendez offered the daily prayer at a floor session, and instead of God talk, he spoke about tolerance and the values we share as humans, and the duty of government to look past religious divisions:
Most prayers in this room begin with a request to bow your heads. I would like to ask that you not bow your heads. I would like to ask that you take a moment to look around the room at all of the men and women here, in this moment, sharing together this extraordinary experience of being alive and of dedicating ourselves to working toward improving the lives of the people in our state.
This is a room in which there are many challenging debates, many moments of tension, of ideological division, of frustration. But this is also a room where, as my secular humanist tradition stresses, by the very fact of being human, we have much more in common than we have differences. We share the same spectrum of potential for care, for compassion, for fear, for joy, for love.
What a great sentiment, and surely the members of the House, even if religious, appreciated such a positive message.
Except for Rep. Steve Smith, who felt it necessary to re-do the prayer the next day in repentance. What a douche.
I look forward to the day when Pastafarian members of the House can speak openly about their one True faith.
Here’s a video that has been making the rounds. Richard Dawkins shows great patience in interviewing Creationist Wendy Wright. I find it painful to watch but also fascinating.
My friend Gooeld spotted this egg with an uncanny likeness to the FSM.
Because it is Easter, I want to share a link to a debate on “Did Jesus Really Rise From The Dead?” between Michael Horner and Dan Barker. Horner is Christian scholar and Barker is a reformed Christian preacher and now an atheist activist. It is an engaging debate and I suspect no matter your beliefs you’ll find reading this time well spent.
Here’s the link: Did Jesus Really Rise From The Dead?