For years, I have been forced to call myself a Taoist

Published November 26th, 2007 by Bobby Henderson

For years, I have been forced to call myself a Taoist, noting that the rabid believers of God (also known as Allah) stare down my back everywhere I go, demanding that I follow one of their churches. I remember a particular fellow: Anwell, who demanded that I join the Christian faith.

But being an Atheist for years, I could not accept the notion of this perfect deity who demands that we believe in him or go to some horrible afterlife. I remained a steadfast Atheist, and pitied the Christians for their insanity.

In high school, which was not long ago, I overheard one of my classmates speaking of an ‘invisible pink unicorn,’ and a larger group scoffing at the idea of a ‘flying spaghetti monster.’

I had heard that these were the hopes for people like me who wanted to counter those blasted Christians, but I had no idea how to find them.

Then I overheard my roommate, who is of the Jewish faith, listening to a song… A song depicting the fight between these two deities on Youtube.

And I realized that it wasn’t a mere talk of legend. I realized that such a movement was truly going on!

Filled with excitement, I scampered to the computer and did some research. Soon, I learned of Pastafarianism, and I must say that I applaud your work here. I am considering joining the Pastafarian faith, and, out of curiosity, I must ask you: Are you aware of how many Pastafarians have actually joined the faith (roughly, of course), or is this movement still fairly unknown?


With deep respect,

172 Responses to “For years, I have been forced to call myself a Taoist”

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  1. Boneman says:

    I think of myself as a Taoist as well. It is an ‘atheist spirituality’ and it is entirely compatible with evolution AS IT ACTUALLY OCCURS, rather than the silly, twisted and inaccurate ‘guided evolution’ that many religious people pin their hopes on. In fact, some of the verses in Tao Te Ching anticipate Darwin and modern physics, using poetry rather than mathematics. “Nothing is ‘done’, but everything gets done.”

    Taoism is a way of thinking rather than a set of beliefs. What I love most about it is that it is perfectly possible to be a Taoist and a complete believer in the FSM (all hail his noodliness). It is good to meditate on the Yin/Yang balance between the physical existence of a plate of delicious pasta and the nourishing energy that the pasta provides. The FSM (all hail his noodliness) is the supreme ultimate in that his physical existence provides the nourishing energy for the entire universe.

    PS: One of the best ever analyses of American Christian fundamentalism is ‘Stranger In A Strange Land’ by Robert Heinlein. Written in the 1950s. Supressed under McCarthyism. Still frighteningly relevant. Now available in its original full length. It’s a thumping good read.

  2. mentos says:

    I’m sorry, I know this is love mail, but I really don’t like what the person in this mail is saying.

    This site is not here to counter “those blasted Christians”, you’ve come to the wrong place.

    Although some religious people are lowlife idiots, there are wonderful religious people with a good amount of sanity stuffed in their mind. Stereotyping Christians like this… I find this behaviour about as disgusting as racism and homophobia. Please find your own atheist site.

  3. the art of war says:

    the art of war…

    …He wrote that . . ….

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