Council of Europe recognizes Pastafarianism

Published October 21st, 2007 by Bobby Henderson

Fantastic news: The Council of Europe has recognized our religion.

In its September 17, 2007 report, the parliamentary assembly mentions us.

Article 52:

In this connection, in accordance with the principle of an open attitude to the alternative theories advocated by the scientific creationists, and in order to show the illogicality of teaching intelligent design alongside the theory of evolution, a movement has, ironically, developed in the United States. The so-called Pastafarian movement supports the theory of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Pastafarianism is a parody on religion created in response to the decision of the Kansas State Board of Education to permit the teaching of intelligent design in science courses on an equal footing with the theory of evolution. According to Pastafarianism, an invisible and omniscient being called the Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe in one day. The supporters of Pastafarianism are demanding the same place in the school curricula as intelligent design. Full of irony, this pseudo-religion is setting a trend and the cult is spreading.

I object to the terms “parody”, “pseudo-religion” and “cult”, but as I have said before, the first step towards mainstream recognition is recognition as a “joke”. Mormonism took this route. Scientiology is still in the joke stage.

44 Responses to “Council of Europe recognizes Pastafarianism”

  1. Pluto says:

    Why? Did he burn their hat?

  2. Red Dutch Pasta Wench says:

    It’s a start!

  3. Pluto says:

    What EU recognition or hat burning?

  4. Len Guini says:

    Why? Did he burn their hat?
    No. I think she stole it from BYU ;-)

  5. n1n0 says:

    kudos for europe!

  6. ۞ says:

    Yeah. I don’t care if its a draft, the Pastafarian religion has been formally recognised by a quasi governmental organisation spanning the whole of Europe.
    It is also described as spreading!
    I think we’re better off as a cult rather than a parody. Parody cheapens us to a joke!
    What do they know.

  7. Jean Bart says:

    Do we have the first cult-that-requires-a-well-developed-sense-of-humour in history? Mormons and scientologists don’t count: as stated earlier on these pages, they ARE a joke!

  8. Wench Nikkiee says:

    ۞ Oct 21st, 2007 at 3:55 pm
    “I think we’re better off as a cult rather than a parody.”
    I’m still waiting for an explicit explanation of the difference between a cult and a religion. Everything I’ve come across, whilst searching the web, appears to define them both as the same type of organisation.

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