(dBTechno) – The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (COTFSM) has lost it’s bid to be legitimized as a religious institution in Poland.
The Church made the following statement to their followers: “Most religions were persecuted at the beginning of their existence… We were aware of this (the difficulty in gaining legal recognition), and we saw from the beginning that it would not be easy.”
The statement attributed the Polish Ministry of Administration and Digitization’s rejection of their application as being due to a faulty perception of their zealous devotion to the “Flying Spaghetti Monster”.
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster was formed in 2005 as a parody of the religious effort of the Kansas State Board of Education’s decision to teach “intelligent design” alongside the theory of evolution.
The church’s fundamental premise is that belief in a higher power creating the universe is absurd; their use of a flying spaghetti monster creating the Earth is an attempt to illustrate the absurdity of intelligent design with absurdity.
“I wrote the letter for my own amusement as much as anything. And it totally snowballed. Some people say I’m going to hell,” says FSM’s 25-year-old creator, Bobby Henderson, who recently moved from Oregon to Arizona, partly to escape the uproar. But his paperback testament, The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster reveals the tenets of the parody religion. A few of them:
• A “Flying Spaghetti Monster” created the universe, Earth and its creatures, making a few mistakes on the way after drinking heavily from heaven’s beer volcano.
• The FSM hid dinosaur fossils underground to “dupe mankind” about Earth’s true age and is the secret force behind gravity, pushing everything downward with its “noodly appendage.”
• The FSM wants everyone to talk and dress like pirates. Global warming is considered a punishment for the relative scarcity of pirates these days.
• Every Friday is a sloth-filled holy day. Instead of “amen,” devotees end missives with “R’amen,” in honor of the college student’s favorite noodle fare.
“The Flying Spaghetti Monster is a kind of particularly amusing shell fired off in the ongoing culture wars,” says Arizona State University’s Lance Gharavi, an editor of The Journal of Religion and Theater. “Ultimately, it is an argument about the arbitrariness of holding any one view of creation.”
Pastafarians remain undaunted by bureaucratic disdain.
“Brother and sister, let us join together in the faith,” the Polish branch said in a rallying cry to the faithful. “Together we can overcome the difficulties and low carbohydrates, and fill the uncompromising hearts of civil servants with a portion of penne.”
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