‘Pastafarianism’ to become recognised religion in Poland

This article originally appeared in the Daily Telegraph, April 11, 2014

The Worshipping of an invisible flying spaghetti monster may become an official religious practice in Poland, following a legal ruling.

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) has been allowed to apply for registration as an official religion.

A Warsaw court has rejected a 2013 ruling by the Regional Administrative court, because it declared that the FSM could not have a two-month extension for submitting outstanding documents.

Followers of FSM are called “Pastafarians” .

During the court proceedings, Pastafarians gathered outside the court, loudly yelling “pasta” as the hearing took place.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Pastafarianism is a parody movement that mocks orthodox religious practices. For instance, the group’s prayers finish with the word ‘ramen’, instead of ‘amen’, in tribute to the Japanese noodles.

The group also actively opposes the teaching of creationism and intelligent design in schools.

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster website states:

“With millions, if not thousands, of devout worshippers, the Church of the FSM is widely considered a legitimate religion, even by its opponents – mostly fundamentalist Christians, who have accepted that our God has larger balls than theirs.

“The Church of FSM is real, totally legit, and backed by hard science. Anything that comes across as humour or satire is purely coincidental.”

FSM followers believe that pirates were the original Pastafarians and “were peaceful explorers and it was due to Christian misinformation that they have an image of outcast criminals today.”

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