Atheist wins right to wear pasta strainer as “religious headgear”

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Austrian atheist has won the right to wear a pasta strainer on his driving license photo to honor his religion “Pastafarianism”

Austrian atheist, Niko Alm, applied for the driving license three years ago after reading that headgear was allowed in official pictures only for confessional reasons, Herr Alm said the pasta strainer was a requirement of his religion, pastafarianism.

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Herr Alm says he belongs to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, whose members call themselves pastafarians.

The group’s website states that “the only dogma allowed in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is the rejection of dogma”. In response to pressure for American schools to teach the Christian theory known as intelligent design, as an alternative to natural selection, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster wrote to the Kansas School Board asking for the pastafarian version of intelligent design to be taught to schoolchildren, as an alternative to the Christian theory.
 

Pasta strainer man forced to have mental fitness check

The license took three years to come through and, according to Herr Alm, he was asked to submit to a medical interview to check on his mental fitness to drive but his efforts paid off.

It is the police who issue driving licenses in Austria, and they have duly issued a laminated card showing Herr Alm in his unorthodox item of religious headgear.

The next step, Herr Alm told the Austrian news agency APA, is to apply to the Austrian authorities for pastafarianism to become an officially recognized faith.
 

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91 Responses to Atheist wins right to wear pasta strainer as “religious headgear”

  1. lazersedge Reply

    July 13, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    This is just silly. And no Adam, it doesn’t bother me if he wants to be an idiot.

    • Mike Reply

      February 14, 2013 at 11:59 am

      why is he an idiot, but jewish people, or christians arent?

    • greg Reply

      March 11, 2013 at 5:06 am

      So… every other religion, including a muslim woman completely covering herself, is NOT silly?

      BTW, you must be a blast at parties.

  2. TeranRich Reply

    July 13, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    It’s funny how HE was required to take a mental test to ensure he was stable enough to drive, but the Christians, Morons, Jews, Muslims, etc. of the world are considered by default to be perfectly sane. Riiiight.

    • magicman Reply

      July 18, 2011 at 1:45 pm

      look if muslims and christians want to believe in magic who is to say they are mentally suboptimal?

      for all you know the magic man in the sky could well be all powerful and also a misogynist homophobe.

      next time think before insulting muhummed the documented pedophile and the anti gay but pro homosexual pedophilia pope.

      i bet you feel stupid now huh? here is a picture i drew of muhummed laughing at you:

      :D

      • Hells Reply

        July 23, 2011 at 2:39 am

        He has a point. If you look at it this way, most people nowadays are anything but sane.

        And how can you sit there and say ‘I bet you feel stupid now.’ Of course he doesn’t feel stupid. He made a good point. You just made yourself look like a jerk for saying that. Good job.

        • crag Reply

          July 18, 2012 at 5:46 pm

          Almost a year late, but… It was written in jest.
          Sarcasm.
          The highest form of wit.

  3. TeranRich Reply

    July 13, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    All you people who are saying this is “silly”, etc…how is it any different from any real religions out there? This man was most likely making the statement that anybody’s religion can be considered silly by somebody else from a different perspective.

  4. RickRay Reply

    July 13, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    One way of trying to get through to xians and muslims would be by making fun of their religion. When I say I’m a pastafarian, it’s my way of telling you that ALL religions are just myths imposed on us when we were a young species because we knew nothing of science and the natural world. Religion was just a way of explaining the universe by inventing a god which rules it. However, religion’s day is over and science and education need to rule the new millennium and the future of mankind if we are to grow as a species. If you take the FSM as a true god and religion then you are no different than xians, muslims, or any other god worshiping dogma.

  5. Korky Reply

    July 13, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    The next step is to have mental checks for people that wears other kinds of religious hats.

    “You believe that crackers and wine turn into meat and blood? Off to the shrink with you!”

  6. Rob Reply

    July 13, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    It makes about as much sense and being able to wear a burka

    • Georgia Reply

      July 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm

      If you people only have some faith, and accept Jesus Christ in your heart, with all the love he has for all of you, then you will finally see the truth, and all of your doubts, and curiosity will be quench. all of these nonsense, that is poisoning our country, and destroying civilization, would cease to exist.
      find peace whiting you soul
      God bless all..

      • GeorgiaPasta Reply

        July 23, 2011 at 7:55 pm

        You are a lemming. I was breed into this nonsense in the south…. the bible belt, went to a christian school, baptized, saved (born-again), walked the walk, know that book inside and out. Then found truth in science, empirical evidence. Testable hypothesis. Your “truth” is all plagiarized fairy tales of bronze era goat herders.

        Don’t believe me? Look up previous deities such as Mithra, Dionysus, Horus…. All of these, plus many hundreds more, all have almost identical accomplishments that have been laid claim by your savior…. Virgin birth, born on Dec 25th, executed and rose from the dead three days later, etc.. AND predate your myth by hundreds if not thousands of years. Ever read the Tale of Gilgamesh? There is the Noah story told thousands of years prior to Genesis.

        Religion is a way to control people and rob them of their money out of guilt and fear, simple as that. I would dare to say that MOST of the worlds problems are caused by religion. This will only be a better world when fairy tales and superstitions are eliminated. History and science books are not your enemy…. a closed “faithful” mind is.

        Ramen

      • I wont read your reply. Reply

        July 23, 2011 at 8:37 pm

        America was not founded on religious principles. The vast majority of founding fathers were either atheist or agnostic.

        Religion is not helping America. Scientists and those with educations are helping America and they are largely Atheist.

        In the past 30 years, as religion has become more and more prominent, more damage has been done to America by religion than anything else. Evidence of this is the teaching of ID in schools. How ID can be taught in school as being plausible blows my mind. ID is complete ignorance and evokes a What The F*** every time I think about it.

        So please get over this religion and god are good for america. I say this but know that dogmaticly religious people will read it and think I just need to open my heart to god or some rubbish but to be honest god is as likely to have created the universe as the FSM and I’m not likely to praise either of them anytime soon.

      • trog69 Reply

        July 23, 2011 at 9:30 pm

        Oh my, what a surprise; I condescending asshead who wants us to believe that it wasn’t a religious right Christian nutjob that killed 91 people in Norway, or shoots up a UUU church, ’cause “that’s where all teh Liberals hang out”, or…

        • Bradley Scott Reply

          July 24, 2011 at 5:37 pm

          Said it before, but here we go again. Just because one claims to be a Christian, when their actions do not bear out their claim, the claim is false. Think of it like this; go to the top of a tall building, claim you are an eagle, and jump off. If you fly, well, claim proven. If you plummet to Earth and splatter, your claim is false and should not engender slanderous statements against eagles.

          • Paul Moloney Reply

            July 18, 2012 at 9:39 pm

            “Just because one claims to be a Christian, when their actions do not bear out their claim, the claim is false.”

            Ah, the “no true Scotsman” fallacy; endlessly recycled by Christians:

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_true_Scotsman

            P.

      • cody Reply

        January 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm

        actually idiot, religion is the main cause of destruction, and war. Honestly keep your psycho babble bullshit to yourself

      • Tempi Reply

        February 14, 2013 at 2:37 pm

        Yeah you’re right. When you believe something mindlessly, I guess you’re curiosity IS quenched.
        People NEED curiosity.
        I don’t think religion is bad, but forgetting to think for yourself is.

    • Ben Franklin Reply

      May 7, 2012 at 4:22 am

      Still, nobody who wdars a burka is likely to get skin cancer – or an education.

  7. Eva Reply

    July 14, 2011 at 3:03 am

    Now if he can wear his pasta strainer, does it mean the muslim women can wear their hijab peacefully?

    • tom rogers Reply

      July 14, 2011 at 4:55 am

      As far as identification is concerned, as long as the hijab-wearer’s face is as identifiable as Mr. Strainer’s, go for it. “It neither breaks my leg, nor…”

  8. Mar Reply

    July 14, 2011 at 8:27 am

    We as humans need to grow up and stop using religion as excuse to be irresponsible. If we are to survive as à species then we need to deal in reality because that is all we can understand and have the ability to use our evolved reasoning to predict patterns in order to prepare and survive. There is no advanced being that is going to save us and the afterlife is not a heaven and THE consciousness we have is while we are living.

    • tom rogers Reply

      July 14, 2011 at 11:52 am

      Mar, some advanced beings called. They said they’d be back, just as soon as you lighten up.

      We’re not gonna erase religion any time soon, so I suggest you try and get along with the ones who are keeping up with the times, ’cause not all of them want to take us back to the 1300’s, and lot’s of the moderates are fighting hard for a more secular worldview for everyone. We non-believers couldn’t possibly do it alone.

      • Fyrehed Reply

        July 16, 2011 at 11:32 pm

        Perhaps our goals shouldn’t be to ‘erase religion’ or deny spirituality or the possible existence of god(s) or creator(s). Personally, I believe the biggest problem with religion is the assumption that one type of faith can cater to the needs of thousands of unique individuals. From what I’ve gathered from history and conversations with religious and nonreligious alike, no one sees the world exactly the same way and we shouldn’t be expected to. The danger of religion isn’t the views or the irrationality: it’s the creation of a mob mentality which almost always leads to self-favoritism and prejudice of other groups. The two most important causes we can invest in to increase awareness and doubt, as well as encourage personal agency in individuals’ spiritual journeys through life, is to (1) strongly support equal, free access to accurate information and education (including well reasoned discussions and exercises in critical thinking), and (2) push for greater freedom of movement and access to reliable and affordable public transportation. No one should be forced to live in a social climate they find oppressive, threatening, or unhealthy to their physical, spiritual, or psychological health.

        • trog69 Reply

          July 17, 2011 at 12:51 am

          Mob mentality. See, if you’re a member of a small minority, as we atheists are, then the near-term solution is to join with those who at least are not opposed to your ideals. That’s what I see is the case, when groups like AU, which is lead by Christian believers and non-believers alike, fight for the strengthening of the wall of separation, and striving for secular government.

          Other groups that are more to the point of your comment, such as some members of the NCSE, have decided to include Christian-type group-think into their accommodationist plans, are something else entirely, as PZ Myers, Jerry Coyne, et. al. have described.

  9. rowan. Reply

    July 15, 2011 at 9:43 am

    pretty much it does not matter what you think of his religion. it is a viable religion. even if it’s views are “all religions are myths” then that is that religions rule. they shouldn’t even be saying atheist at all. even inf your way of life does not have a name does not mean it isn’t your religion, your philosophy,

    • SpizzleStick Reply

      July 20, 2011 at 6:27 am

      You’re an idiot. Religion and philosophy are two different things.

  10. Daniel Bratchell Reply

    July 17, 2011 at 5:55 am

    I’m surprised at how all these comments are taking this so seriously. The stupid bloke with the pasts hat is just that -stupid. It has nothing to do with religion.

    The unfortunate thing is that if the Austrian police had refused him a driving licence, he would have been able to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights which would undoubtedly have agreed with him – most of its decisions are crazy.

  11. Michael Ferreira Reply

    July 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    The only thing I can see that are wrong with this is that a pasta strainer is not the religious head gear of Pastafarians. The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster preaches that “pirates, the original Pastafarians, were peaceful explorers and it was due to Christian misinformation that they have an image of outcast criminals today” and because of this it is customary for its members to dress like pirates, not wear cooking implements on their heads.

    • RickRay Reply

      July 17, 2011 at 4:53 pm

      You are correct. Pirate regalia is the chosen outfit. A pirate’s hat, eye patch, and a parrot on his shoulder would make the proper picture on his license photo.

      • pusna Reply

        July 23, 2011 at 12:18 am

        He’s from a different sect of the Church.

  12. alessa Reply

    July 18, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I cant belive this! I first read it at http://www.dangerousminds.net/comments/official_drivers_license_pic_with_cullander_as_headgear/ its the best story ever! What if the flying spaggettie monster comes for you! I like pasta so i’d eat it ^.^

  13. Candice Reply

    July 19, 2011 at 6:13 am

    Whether or not The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is a widely accepted religion or just a cult or a spoof is irrelevant. Every man/woman is entitled to their own religious practices. If the hat in no way affects his driving abilities, or alters the image on his license, then the ruling should not be open to debate to the ignorance of the internet population.

    The truth is, this man could quite probably be more true to his Pastafarian practices than most self-declared Christians, and who are we to judge him on that?

    What he is doing has nothing to do with ID, so stop making it a debate about whether Intelligent Design should be taught in schools or not. And those of you who will argue that this has everything to do with ID still can’t wrap their minds around the fact that his religious beliefs and his Driver’s License are not a direct attack towards anyone, so stop attacking him.

  14. D Reply

    July 21, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Gosh I wish people could just realize that Atheists and Christians are both wrong; totally wrong. Jesus was a metaphor for intellectual and spiritual enlightenment. Then Atheists say nothing happened or matters out of it. They might as well be book burners, they’re even worse than Christians, they’re very destructive people *rabble rabble rant rant* :-P

    • Michael John Scott Reply

      July 21, 2011 at 9:54 am

      LOL LOL D….

    • T Reply

      July 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm

      How are atheists worse than Christians? Most Atheists keep to themselves and most stay “in the closet” about their beliefs. Christians push their faith on everyone else…and if you don’t believe as they do…you’re wrong…doesn’t matter if your atheist, agnostic, Buddhist, Islamic, etc.

      • Holte Ender Reply

        July 21, 2011 at 3:19 pm

        Dead right T, I’ve never had an atheist come to my door and asked me to join him in his(non) belief system.

        • Repentant Reply

          July 24, 2011 at 3:56 am

          Holte Ender… You is wrong! There was an Australian so sick of the religious idiots of the Mormon persuasion that he cam to the states and dressed in a white shirt and tie and at an early morning hour began ringing doorbells and handing out atheism flyer’s.

          It’s on the internet somewhere.

          What we atheists should do is to gather and share the addresses of Mormons and other brainwashed and bothersome religious weirdo’s. Then we could organize a bit and see if some scheduled doorbell wringing at 6:00 AM to push atheism flyer’s might get them to back off.

          It is truly sad that innocent children are scheduled to receive their mandatory brainwashings in the south. That practice should be illegal. Children whose parents mention one, just one word of religion to them before the age of 21 should be taken out and sequestered in a camp run by atheist psychologists until they are mentally cleansed of that brutal and stupid hogwash.

          If they ever read the bible thoroughly, and with an open mind, they could not help but realize that it is pure bullshit. If they do not, off to the camp for a cleaning.

          In that book, god caN BE SEEN AS KILLING THOUSANDS where the devel gets less than 10 to his credit. Also, ever notice that the bible thinks women are there only for the use of men? What is this god? Only the misguided thoughts of that idiot Jesus who was most likely very insecure mentally. Claiming to be the son of a GOD??? Really?

          So the religious are following a guy so mentally loose he claims THAT? Wheeeeewwwwww . . .

          • Bradley Scott Reply

            July 24, 2011 at 1:15 pm

            Wow, so all who don’t agree with you must be sent to concetration camps for re-education? Any other thoughts, Dr. Hitler?

  15. Anonymous Reply

    July 21, 2011 at 10:33 am

    You guys are seriously arguing over this? Dude get over it, people have right of belief, if they believe in this let them. Religion is over rated, and has caused so many hate crimes, wars, and countless bickering it’s absolutely ridiculous.
    Stop arguing over it like a bunch of preschoolers for their favorite toy.

    • Daniel Bratchell Reply

      July 21, 2011 at 10:41 am

      Well said. Mountain out of a molehill.

    • Bradley Scott Reply

      July 24, 2011 at 12:55 pm

      Wonk, wonk, wonk, religion starts wars. Dude, do really believe that Christian Reich troops and Islamofacist partisans Hebrew stormtroopers are fighting in the middle east over wether God wears a Fez, a Yamulke, a pointy Pope hat or a pasta strainer? You cannot possibly be that naive.

      • Some dude Reply

        October 21, 2011 at 5:29 pm

        Here’s what you’re missing. Sure, they’re fighting over land in the Middle East… but why *that* land? I mean, have you BEEN there? Most of the place is a desert. A shitty, boring, hot, useless desert. Now, if they were fighting over the south of France or over Honolulu or something, I’d get it. But the reason that they CARE who owns that crappy patch of sand is because their holy cities are there.

  16. Michael John Scott Reply

    July 21, 2011 at 10:49 am

    I don’t see much of an argument but more of a discussion. I’m enjoying it and hope it continues.

    • lazersedge Reply

      July 22, 2011 at 3:53 am

      Really ironic Mike, I was looking at the book that set all of this in motion. “The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster” , this evening. I may go back and buy it. It is actually funny as hell.

      • Daniel Bratchell Reply

        July 22, 2011 at 5:42 am

        That’s what I thought. It’s a farce in the true sense of the word.

  17. Anon Reply

    July 21, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    It’s quite possible that the ones who do believe in religion are fundamentally different from ones that don’t. Perhaps the difference is genetic. Certain people are probably more genetically inclined in being irrational.

  18. nami Reply

    July 22, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Ok seriously? The guy just saw the pasta guy on an episode of futurama dealing with issues of creationism vs evolution. It’s seriously offensive and stupid how anyone would actually allow this

  19. Alyssa Reply

    July 22, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    With everyone arguing over what a religion is, why does it matter to anyone here whether someone wears a pasta strainer on their head? As a nonreligious person, whether someone believed a cosmic Jewish zombie saved humanity or a flying spaghetti monster created the world, it all sounds the same after a while. As long as this guy doesn’t start causing harm to others because of his religion, whether he takes it seriously or not, let him do what he wants. Live and let live.

    • trog69 Reply

      July 22, 2011 at 3:18 pm

      No! This irresponsible act of disrespect to all those of pure faith who follow divinely-elected religious leaders wearing silly hats cannot go unpunished! This linguine-laden laughingstock shall rue the day that he embarked on this blasphemous little ploy!

  20. Kritten Reply

    July 24, 2011 at 3:28 am

    This is great! Wonderful! It actually may set a precedent that can be used to require all who display religious articles to have a mental evaluation. Additionally would it not be great to have a judge order a mental examination of one of the children of a Pastafarianism checking for a brainwashed condition, determine that the child was brainwashed and then find the parent guilty of brainwashing a child. Then a law would be formed to prohibit brainwashing a child.

    If America had a strong law to prohibit the brainwashing of children, nearly all religion would die.

    Frankly, while I wish that would happen, I know it never will. There is far too much wealth in religion. Do you actually think con men like Jimmy Swaggart, Bakker, the pope, and others in that seedy lot would be willing to give up their money machines? Those cons have a good thing going and they know it.

    Those guys collects tons of bucks from idiots and suckers in in the bible belt because this is also the low IQ section of America. Stupid people are so moved by the invisible man in the sky and the original book of superstition and the second book of stupid fables that all one must do to get into their pockets is to come up with something from either one of those books. They get all the needed brainwashing info from the Christian religion. 2,000 years of recent practice makes that group perfect at the practice of suckering dummies with their brainwashing and con techniques.

    They give money to a preacher thinking it is for some God? How dumb can you be?

    • Bradley Scott Reply

      July 24, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      Oh yes, let’s give the government absolute control over what you may or may not teach your children. Sort of like how emerging communist countries of the last century took over the ‘re-education’ of millions of citizens, who soon would up dead.
      And while we’re on the subject of death at the hands of the anti-religious, lets not forget that in the ‘abolish religion’ camp would be Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, and Mao Tse Tung, among others, while in the ‘practice religion’ camp would be Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther, (both King and O.G.) and all of the Dali’s Lama. I’m just saying.

      • trog69 Reply

        July 24, 2011 at 2:55 pm

        That’s a craptastic bit of obfuscation you got going there. Or did you forget the “Gott Mit Uns” belt buckles worn by the troops under Hitler, or the fact that all those examples you used have one REAL thing that ties them together; blood-thirst for absolute power. Hitler used the church to consolidate his authority, the others felt that religions undermined theirs, thus the eradication of religious worship. None of them had atheism as their goal, it was only a tool for gaining power.

        • Bradley Scott Reply

          July 24, 2011 at 6:11 pm

          No, I’m well aware of the ‘Gott Mitt Uns’ belt buckles, which actually go back to the first world war, and the Kaiser, and my point is that all these men, and a thousand others like them have either villified religion, to persectute those they percieved as threats to their power or convenient scapegoats, or they have corrupted and co-opted the faith for their own ends, which as I have stated before are always power, wealth and/or territory to rule. The fact that the belief can be corrupted, and the vulnerable duped is not, or at least should not be an indictment against faith. Just as Atheism was a tool to their political ends, so were the corrupted religions. Oh, and by the one REAL thing the examples I used having in common, is it safe to assume you’re not referring to Gandhi, Luther, King, or the Dali’s Lama? Oh, and p.s. I’m not the one on here advocating removing children from parents for their beliefs, or sending anyone who doesn’t agree with me to camps. Those are your guys.

  21. Mogoloutta Reply

    July 24, 2011 at 3:32 am

    Speaking of Bakker, did you realize his last name was actually intentionally misspelled?

    It’s really BaKKKer. Listen to that arrogant morterforker and you know it’s true!

  22. Scott Reply

    July 24, 2011 at 9:40 am

    His noodles are his body … and I eat it.
    His marinara sauce is his blood … and I drink it.

  23. Alexandros Reply

    July 25, 2011 at 7:08 am

    I don’t know who invented the “right” to believe in religion. What kind of bull* is this?
    I know that people who claim to be gods, or Napoleons are in mental hospitals. A person who started a war and killed thousands cause “god told him so” was the president of the USA for 8 years.
    How is that psychotic, schizophrenic persons are more dangerous than the christians that go around threatening homosexuals, abortion doctors, atheists etc and many times carry out their threats?
    Just because in their imaginary world they are better off (heaven & eternal life) than in the real world that doesn’t mean they are not insane.

    • trog69 Reply

      July 25, 2011 at 11:12 am

      So, we should force people to stop believing in religions? Wow, that’d be great! So, how do we do that?

      • Alexandros Reply

        July 25, 2011 at 2:34 pm

        I wouldn’t force anyone to believe or not. A big part of them are lost causes anyway.
        The right of anyone to his/her opinion does not imply my obligation to respect it. I can’t show respect for anyone’s illusions or superstitions. I usually ignore these people and many times I pity them.
        I strongly support that the law should put a stop to their “right” to restrict and take away all the other people’s rights just because god told them so.

  24. Darlarosa Reply

    July 25, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    It’s generally amusing watching the religious and the atheistic argue back and forth.

    Both complaining about the other. One seeing the other as a threat to their tradition, the other seeing the one as a threat to reason. One says keep them away from our children, the other says keep the children away from them. Both accomplishing nothing.

    Whether or not you agree, you have to admit this is pretty darn funny. If you don’t think so your far too uptight.

    I don’t see the point in arguing over religion because you simply can’t change people’s minds. Furthermore neither side knows if their really right till their dead. Seperate religion from activities of the state and let people be no matter what side you’re on do what you want.

    • Bradley scott Reply

      July 28, 2011 at 5:14 pm

      Well said!

    • Adam.B Reply

      July 28, 2011 at 7:43 pm

      @Darlarosa

      “I don’t see the point in arguing over religion because you simply can’t change people’s minds.”

      What are you talking about?
      Our minds aren’t encased in concrete mentally bound to one idea for a lifetime forever prevented from experiencing new thoughts.
      People change there minds all the time (even there religious beliefs) theists become atheists and atheists become theists, we can alter our beliefs when we need too it happens all the time.

      “Furthermore neither side knows if their really right till their dead.”

      We can never know with 100% certainty if we’re really right on almost anything however this doesn’t mean that we can’t debate the reasons for why we hold those beliefs to see weather or not they can be reasonably supported with in what we currently know.

      I always hate theses nihilistic “well it’s all futile lets go sit in a hole” approach to intellectual inquiry comments.

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  26. Alexandra Reply

    August 16, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    This is just as much a religion as christianity is. Just because it hasn’t been around for 6000+ years doesn’t make it any less of a religion. Lol. Give it some time and more people will adapt into believing it. This makes jUst as much sense as christianity does. If christians can use their religion for the stupid crap they do, why cant pastafarians? :D

  27. samimgmike Reply

    August 16, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Your dog or cat or an interesting shaped rock or mountain talking to you and you are crazy…call the voice in your head “God” and with a little luck you get millions to give you money, burn people, start wars…what a deal!

    I find the Flying Spaghetti Monster to be at least if not more so valid that any of the older religions. If we are going to teach “Intelligent design” in a science class we need to teach all the great religions versions of intelligent design including the Flying Spaghetti Monster’s version. If certain religions feel their version is better…let them prove it like you have to prove other scientific theories…peer review and all that but a review of scientists not religious nuts.

    Interesting we start off this thread with a religious person calling another religion nonsense. Wonder if we pressed onward would they be like many Christians (or other religous persons)…demanding tolerance (acceptance and following actually) of their religion but insisting that all those other whacko ones not be respected. Religion seems to be like rooting for your sport’s team or your nation…”We’re Number ONE!!”. “My God gets me to heaven and your God doesn’t…nyah, nyah, nyah!” No need of facts here…just faith.

  28. Ktrsper Reply

    October 20, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    I have yet to hear of a spoofist or atheist who would lock their child in an oven and kill them because they had the “devil” in them.

  29. Robert Reply

    November 16, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Fear, ego, and a low I.Q… The three ingredients necessary to be religious.

  30. Thax Reply

    November 18, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Wow, this was really interesting, and the comments are fascinating. Just a few things I wanted to throw out there:
    People always tell Christians that they need to go read Darwin’s works, and while I havn’t read the whole thing, I think that their point is valid. Christians toss the whole evolution theory out, and they completely ignore that there is proof of parts of Darwin’s hypothesis all around us. We can see micro-evolution everywhere, yet because Christians have a problem with Macro-evolution they toss out the whole thing. Darwin was a brilliant man who had many good ideas, yet he has been villified by a whole group of people simply because they don’t like what he suggested in part of one of his books. Another thing, Pastafarians are indignant because their beliefs aren’t taught in schools along with the major belief systems; news flash: you guys aren’t exactly a major religion yet. Given, some day you might be, but at the time y’all are kinda a easily ignored, rather small group when compared to the religions that actually make it into the schools. And before I shut up (as many of you will tell me to due to my boring, rather dumb post) I want to point out that while Christians should spend the time to at least look through Darwin’s works, there are a few Atheists who should look through the Bible, and while it might not be their cup of tea, they could probably learn a few things from it; just as there are a few Christians who could learn a thing or two from Darwin’s works. Shutting up now, ~ Thax

  31. You have got Reply

    February 11, 2012 at 6:57 pm

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  32. Anonymous Reply

    July 12, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    What I need clarification on is this: is he athiest? or is he a pastafarian?

  33. Fuck all of you Reply

    February 3, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Seriously, this is fucking childish. Nobody cares about your fake beliefs, you’re just being a loser by ridiculing yourself in public. Pastafarianism? Really? Whatever happened to being an Atheist? Oh, that’s not cool and edgy enough for people like you. I forgot.

    Go suck on His noodley appendage, you fucking loser.

  34. Adam Reply

    July 13, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    It’s not a spoof of religion. They honestly believe in what they preach. Does it bother you that other people can be out right ignorant in the face of truth, but get their way anyway?

  35. Graham Reply

    July 13, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    “clearly Pastafarianism is not religion”
    Clearly? How so? Please elaborate why it’s less of a religion than Christianity.

    “Why say it’s a “Christian theory”?”
    Because only Christians believe it. OK, so you say not all Christians, but the only believers in ID are Christian. Ergo, it’s a Christian theory.

  36. tom rogers Reply

    July 14, 2011 at 4:53 am

    John, I would describe ID as a Deist’s hypothesis, rather than just a Christian belief. ID is the idea that some intelligence, greater than our own, designed all of life and the universe. It hasn’t even begun to explain just what this “intelligence” is, or how it works it’s design processes. In fact, the only thing that ID proponents have offered is factually-inaccurate rebuttals to evolutionary theories. That is certainly nothing to base a science class on. Unless you want a pro-evolution and anti-evolution class divider, which would be even more of a waste of time than what creationists are trying to impose now.

  37. Connor Reply

    July 16, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Find me an atheist who believes in intelligent design. Also, who the hell are you to say what a religion is? Typical Christian arrogance that assume that you’re the religion police. Go home, read some Darwin, and come back to me you religious goofball.

  38. randy Reply

    August 30, 2011 at 9:10 am

    … Do you really not see what you are saying? Every religion is a spoof man, this religion is just as valid as any other religion, but theists don’t want to see that. If you compare the “evidence” of both religions they are of the same value.

    But even that is not the point here, the point is that if you can wear a hat because of your religion and others can’t because they don’t have a religion or a other kind of hat it’s discrimination.

    And btw: if every schmuck can wear what he wants on his passport picture because of any, any reason at all(religion just the most obvious) than why take the picture? Because there is no use in taking a picture of a woman in a burka… And i know a hat is not a burka but the principle is the same.

    => This does not mean we are against wearing a burka in public or at home(well, i am not, some people are, and most of them are christians not atheists…), I think everyone can wear whatever they want(as long as it’s not nudity but even that i’m not against personally).

    But when taking a identification of any kind the whole face/head/neck should be fully visible for obvious reasons religion or no religion, the law in a country is the law you should obey, not that of a book. If you can’t live with that law, move to another country that is more suitable, if even that doesn’t work, move to the woods. You can do whatever the f** you want in there.

  39. adam.b Reply

    July 15, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    The one problem with your statement is that the god of the Deist’s does not intervene in the physical world so it would not could not have designed life.

  40. Martin Reply

    July 16, 2011 at 11:30 am

    This is a spoof. He doesn’t believe in the silliness that is intelligent design anymore than he believes in the pasta strainer thing.

  41. trog69 Reply

    July 17, 2011 at 12:39 am

    You should try that argument with the those ID proponents that claim to not ascribe the Christian God to their “intelligence” hypothesis.

    I see it as all hogwash, but I have seen arguments, mainly from lying obfuscation-masters, that seem to be trying to corral secular thought into the mix of ID. So, while you make sense, I am only saying that there are those who are trying the Deist-version on for appearance sake.

  42. trog69 Reply

    July 17, 2011 at 1:11 am

    David Berlinski is one very public example.

  43. That One guy Reply

    July 20, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Intelligent design is common among most faiths, such as Islam, Judaism, and in this case, Pastafarism.

  44. Daniel Bratchell Reply

    July 22, 2011 at 5:44 am

    You never said a truer word.

  45. Ceri Reply

    July 22, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Actually, in this case, it is more likely that it is a spoof. As we read, one of the members is an atheist. Atheist literally meaning “without religion”.

  46. Daniel Bratchell Reply

    July 22, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I agree with you. I don’t understand why everybody is taking it so seriously. They are rather like a load of fifth formers taking part in a school debate.

  47. ShaylaaYo Reply

    July 24, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    It can be argued that it is a legitimate religion. If the only dogma is no dogma, it’s quite possible to consider it a religion, if only one of a paradoxical nature. Also, frankly, if people believe it to be true, does it matter if it’s spoof or not?

  48. Anonymous Reply

    July 25, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Ceri – “atheist” does not literally mean “without religion.” It literally means “without a god.” There’s a difference.

  49. I wont read your reply. Reply

    July 23, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Whether he believes or not is inconsequential. Simply because somebody has an Imaginary friend does not mean that they should be given extra rights, no matter how hard they believe it. Even if this imaginary friend happens to be shared with millions of other people. This story is simply the story of a man trying to point out this injustice. People seem to find it crazy that someone can make something up and choose to believe it, however those same people are completely willing to praise a figure of collective imagination simply because a fifteen hundred year old book tells them to do so.

    An interesting statistic, in the bible “God” is responsible for killing 203 people whereas the “devil” is responsible for 2 deaths. I would place a rhetorical question here such as “what does that tell you about religion” but considering the level of intelligence of the rest of the comments on here, people would probably draw some ridiculous conclusion or find a way to quote me out of context so I won’t do that.

  50. trog69 Reply

    July 24, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Calling atheism a religion is pretty idiotic.

    “Next on Fox Friends; Aunicornists: hidden religious terrorists in our midst?”

  51. Reih Reply

    October 1, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    But the form of Creationism that schools argue for is not the Pastafarian version; it’s the Christian one. So while there are various versions of Creationism, the only one that is an issue with being taught in schools is the Christian form. For those who would like to argue that the Jewish and Islamic forms of Creationism are the same as the Christian, it’s because all three stem from the same religion and follow the same initial teachings from the Abrahamic deity.

  52. Kev O Reply

    November 4, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Very well put. It’s hilarious to see Christians disregard a another religion because of it’s silliness, while at the same time defending their equally silly set of beliefs. The point of pastafarianism is not for it to be accepted seriously, but to show that Christianity and every other religion should NOT be taken seriously. Pastafarianism, Christianity, Islam, etc…It’s all silly, man-made nonsense and should be treated equally as such.

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