Pastafarianism is a satirical group founded by Boy Henderson in the mid 2000s. The idea about Pastafarianism and the flying spaghetti monster first appeared in an open letter addressed to the Kansas State Board of Education, wherein Henderson claimed that the universe was created by an almighty being referred to as the Flying Spaghetti Monster. He further elaborated his claims in the Gospel of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, published on March 2006. Since then, the movement has developed various orders and has drawn significant followings from all over the world.
The Flying Spaghetti Monster Beliefs: Creation, Pirates and Holidays.
The Flying Spaghetti Monster is the deity of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. His Goodness is a heap of spaghetti and meatballs with a pair of eyes attached to noodly body by stalks. The spaghetti monster is the ultimate truth of the world-invisible, capable of flight, and incredibly clever. In fact, His immeasurable knowledge enabled Him to create the world and all the things and life in it.
According to the Gospel of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, the spaghetti monster created the Earth some 2000 years ago. The Pastafarian creation myth conveys the Beginning as follows:
On the first day, the spaghetti monster created mountains, trees, and small humans. The small humans were called midgits, and it is said that they were very short because the spaghetti monster has pushed them too much to the ground. The next three days were spent in creating the other things, drinking from the beer volcanoes, and creating again some things that were already formed. The spaghetti monster also did not forget to add the false evidences and fake carbon atoms to fool scientists later on. After a lot of work, he rested for three days.
Some believers of the spaghetti monster likewise embraced the controversial Automated Creationism theory. This theory proposes that everything that exists now is pre-planned by the spaghetti monster and triggered to existence through the Big Boil.
The Flying Spaghetti Monster delighted in confounding scientists too much that he planted false evolutionary evidences all over the earth. The spaghetti monster also often played with radiocarbon dating test results, altering them from time to time. This led to scientists asserting that the earth is billions of years old.
Another exceptional and equally important belief in Pastafarianism is the role played by the original pirates in history. The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster believes that the original pirates were the first Pastafarians. They believe that the original pirates were good-natured and adventurous fellows who loved to give away candies to children. These pirates had a really good reputation until the Christian missionaries and Hare Krishnas spread corrupt stories about them.
Two of the best known leaders of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster were pirates. They were Mosey, captain of the good ship Lasagne, and the legendary Blackbeard. Captain Mosey was the first prophet and the person entrusted with the 10 stone tablets containing the flying spaghetti monster’s wishes. He dropped two of the tablets while descending Mt. Salsa, leaving only eight “I Really Rather You Didn’ts” to be obeyed by the people. These eight “I Really Rather You Didn’ts” teach followers how to live according to the spaghetti monster’s requirements. They guide the flying spaghetti monsterist’s lifestyle and decisions regarding their devotion, nutrition, and correlation with non-believers.
The Gospel of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster revealed that the decreasing number of pirates in the present is the leading cause of global warming and natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes. This is corroborated by a chart that showed the increase in the occurrence of disasters as the number of pirates went down.
To help alleviate the situation, believers of the spaghetti monster talk like pirates and don full pirate regalia during holidays, rituals, festivities, and even regular days. Among the most popular Pastafarian Holidays are the International Talk like a Pirate Day, the Halloween, the Pastover, and the Ramendan. The Talk like a Pirate Day, celebrated on the 19th of September, is the Church of the Spaghetti Monster equivalent of Christmas. The Pastover is like the Jewish Passover, and celebrating it entails a lot of pasta. The Ramendan is the fasting holiday, where flying spaghetti monsterists only eat ramen for the whole day.
Every Friday is considered a holiday too. As much as possible, followers of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster don’t work on Fridays, as it is considered the holiest day of the week. They celebrate it by feasting and drinking as much alcohol as they can.
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster does not believe in the evolution theory. Instead of primates being our evolutionary ancestor, the spaghetti monster says that the modern man came from pirates. Evidence to this is the fact that the modern man shares only 95% of their DNA makeup with primates compared the 99.9% likeness he shares with pirates.
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster further shuns the theory of evolution, arguing that the millions of years needed for the specie to evolve are impossible to complete in an environment which is actually only thousands of years in existence.
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster: Reception and Contributions to Society.
The Church of the Spaghetti Monster may be full of puns, satires and pseudo-science that attracted a lot of attention from the worldwide media, but it also elicited different reactions from different groups and individuals.
Some supporters of the Intelligent Design theories called foul, while others just shrugged off the curious idea. On the other hand, the growing number of spaghetti monster enthusiasts petitioned for the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to be considered a legitimate religion. Nevertheless, the Flying Spaghetti Monster appeared everywhere- practically plastered all over the internet, digitally added to images, flaunted on clothes, and featured even on cakes, artworks, etc. Because of its popularity, the spaghetti monster is often compared to the famous space teapot used by Bertrand Rusell to contend that the burden of proof lies in the maker of the claim rather than in the challenger.
Before it became phenomenal, however, the Flying Spaghetti Monster is just a concept in a letter that challenged the teaching of Intelligent Design as science in public American schools. In the Open Letter to Kansas School Board, or How I Learned to Love His Noodly Appendages, Bobby Henderson used the parody of the spaghetti monster to call attention to what he think is erroneous in considering Intelligent Design theories valid enough to be taught in Science classes. He declared that the beliefs of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster are valid and based on science, facts, and logical reasoning; and that they must be, therefore, allowed to be taught in public schools alongside Darwinism and Creationism theories.
Some people might consider the arguments and propositions of the spaghetti monster movement seriously, while other might just laugh at the idea of the noodly Supreme Being. But the point here is not whether or not to believe. The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster asks to let students have the right to learn about different theories and choose which one to believe instead of the government or the church feeding them with only their own faith and ideas. The flying spaghetti monster became the symbol of the fight against Intellectual Design in public schools. The spaghetti monster movement significantly affected the discussions and debate about Intellectual design in the academic curriculum.