Pastafarianism: The Rise of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

Religion is one of the things that has remained a conflict since the beginning of time. But can a religion that worships a large, meatball-eyed spaghetti monster change it all?

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is a religion, created in 2005 when the prophet of the religion, Bobby Henderson, had a revelation that told him to start a church. All was revealed to him that worshipping certain unknown beliefs to the rest of the world should become a reality. The church would have a unique feature, a  pirate originated spaghetti worshipping members. Along with a huge set of commandments, beliefs, and prayers, the Pastafarians also refer to the Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster as their holy book.

Pastafarians are also able to choose from various sects of the Church, ranging from Sparrowism (the sect that recognizes Jack Sparrow as their prophet) to Reformed Pastafarianism, which refuses to wear seatbelts.

Recently, despite how new this religion is, this church is more prominent, at least compared to a few years ago. The church has grown in people in the past year or so, likely attracting people with a promise of a beer mountain and stripper factory in heaven. The church, while the number of followers is unknown, the wikihow page for “How to be a Pastafarian” has been viewed more that 250,000 times.

The church recently won a major victory when a Pastafarian minister was the first minister to be sworn into office. He wore the customary headwear of a Pastafarian, which is a colander.

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A GFS student proudly wearing a representation of the Flying Spaghetti Monster this October

In contrast to that, a large controversy recently hit the news when a man was not allowed to take his drivers license photo with a colander on his head. This man, Obi Canuel, living in Surrey, B.C, argued with the authorities bringing up the point that people of other religions are allowed to wear their headgear. As a compromise, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia repeatedly issued him temporary, paper licenses. However, Canuel said in a statement that “I’ve been getting a lot of exercise. Noodles contain a lot of carbohydrates. His noodliness would prefer if we not dwell on the negatives.” Even though this is happening in Canada, Pastafarians all over the US are having their ID photos taken with colanders on, as it is legal in the United States.

With many more “traditional” religions losing popularity, religions like this one have a legitimate chance at fame.

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