LOWELL, Mass. — Lindsay Miller of Lowell, Massachusetts, who identifies as a member of the “Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster” or “Pastafarianism,” thought it was unfair of the government to discriminate against her religious beliefs, simply because they’d never heard of it.
“If people were permitted to wear religious garments in government ID photos, then it must extend to those who follow the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster,” Miller said.
You’re laughing at this. In March of 2006, a book was published to explain The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, saying in part: “Behold the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM), today’s fastest growing carbohydrate-based religion. According to church founder Bobby Henderson, the universe and all life within it were created by a mystical and divine being: the Flying Spaghetti Monster.”
They call themselves Pastafarians and conduct worship services, which feature pirate talk and are attended by congregants in dashing buccaneer garb.
Others, it says, are drawn to the Church’s flimsy moral standards, religious holidays every Friday, or the fact that Pastafarian heaven is way cooler: Does your heaven have a Stripper Factory and a Beer Volcano?
CharismaNews.com reports that the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, which is really First Church Somerville (Mass), apparently a United Church of Christ group, along with its pastor “Serenity Jones,” [James Adams] will be holding a “Drag Gospel” event replete with dressing up and using creativity, artistic and musical talent and fashion, to praise God.
The Festival proclaims that God can be a ‘diva’ and a ‘girl,’ and welcomes drag queens or drag kings, those who are gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgendered or still playing hard to get. The Message? Jesus loves you…and so do we!
HERE’S THE POINT: [actually two]: With The Church of Jesus Christ fragmenting into all sorts of beliefs and practices (many of which are not Christian at all), Why Not? AND…What better way to marginalize Truth than to offer a myriad of versions? This one just happens to be more obviously silly.
What about the Religious Systems which are based on biblical Law? There are Bible verses to condemn this yet it doesn’t stop people from believing in it and it certainly doesn’t stop them from claiming to be Christians. I think of the 7th Day Adventists, the Church of God In Christ, 7th Day Baptists and even some Lutherans, not to mention Mormons who recently started thinking of themselves as Christians.
I mentioned awhile back, on The Bible Forum, how when Political Leaders want to change things, they tend to marginalize their opposition. It’s done on small scales and large, even National Leaders attempting to change the entire social or political system.
Where do they get these ideas? From the Prince of Liars! Not certainly infinite in wisdom and knowledge, but a good student of human nature. Nothing about biblical Christianity appeals to the human heart, nor makes sense to one who is entirely cut off from God. To these folks a Spaghetti Monster Religion is just as viable as biblical Christianity.
The Real Danger is in so marginalizing The Truth that it becomes ‘unTruth,’ in the minds and hearts of those leading this country. I doubt I could wear a hat while having my Driver’s License picture made, let alone a colander, nor would I want to.
However, men have created all sorts of clerical garb to identify themselves as religious leaders. They seek immediate respect from those who observe their clothing and headgear. I must say it’s a great system, if you want instant respect and a free lunch. However, if you’re looking for God’s approval, it’s going to take a great deal more than a colander!