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.

43 Responses to “Council of Europe recognizes Pastafarianism”

  1. Wench Nikkiee says:

    This is just one of the sites I’ve visited in the past….searching..
    The Cult Test

  2. Wench Nikkiee says:

    PS you don’t even have to read all of it….just look at the headings of each question!

  3. Paisley the Pirate says:

    Hey, everyone. This is Ihatemyspace. I decided I needed a screenname more befitting of the religion, so you can call me Paisley now!

  4. Joseph Hertzlinger says:

    What? There’s no mention of the Great God Finagle and His Prophet Murphy?

  5. Stereotypical Environmentalist... says:

    The only difference between a cult and a religion is the connotations each hold.

  6. Red Dutchpasta Wench says:

    Jean Bart
    Oct 21st, 2007 at 4:01 pm
    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!

    And they never get it themselves :) No sense of humor whatsoever!

  7. St John the Blasphemist says:

    Jean Bart
    “Do we have the first cult-that-requires-a-well-developed-sense-of-humour in history?”
    Nope. The Discordians, Subgenii, & Invisble Pink Unicornists came much earlier (I got my sainthood as a Discordian by the way).
    Even if they only put it in the draft, not the final document, the fact that the EU council has considered FSMism serves as a great milestone to our cause, and we should all give a great big RAmen! in honour.
    St John the Blasphemist
    Saint of Kilometrestones

  8. Wench Nikkiee says:

    Hail Eris!

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