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Pastafarianism is a phrase coined by Niko Alm from Austria, who reporters are calling an atheist, but he himself is declaring his religion to be Pastafarianism. Mr Alm applied for a driving licence, submitting a photo of himself with a pasta draining strainer on his head. I don’t know what the rules on wearing headgear are in Austria, or in the UK for that matter, but his odd choice of hat sent alarm bells ringing amongst the licencing authorities. Questions were raised about Mr Alm’s sanity and fitness to drive, since they have to take into consideration such things as: if the person applying for a driving licence is on medication for psychological problems such as schizophrenia, for instance.
Not surprising then that the eccentric Mr Alm had to produce a medical certificate from his doctor to prove his fitness to drive. Alm, who says he belongs to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. People likely thought he was making a statement about his atheism, however the group has its own website. No kidding!
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster website makes interesting reading, the latest post being “Jesus was a Pastafarian.” The website owners insist that their site is not a joke, but has been an underground religion for several years, and that they are a real religion. They like beer, Friday is their religious holiday, they say they are not anti-religious or atheist, just free thinkers who come from all organised religious backgrounds. They have some interesting Pastafarian art on the site. Creative. They believe that the Flying Spaghetti Monster created the world as it is today, so I guess we can safely say they aren’t evolutionists.
The Pastafarians have links on Facebook and Twitter if you want to check them out to “like” or “follow,” but to quote a Bible verse: As for me and my house we will serve the Lord,” (Joshua 24:15) but … Pastafarians… got to love them. They sure have an interesting website though I really can’t take their religion seriously. Can you? I am sure they get their fair share of Troll postings and well-meaning Christians trying to evangelise them, so I am sure the Pastafarian life is not always rosy.
Mr Alm told the Austrian press agency APA that he will now apply to the Austrian authorities asking them to recognise Pastafarianism as an officially recognised faith. Since this man fought a three year battle to get his driving licence, a long wait to get Pastafarianism recognised is nothing to him. The outcome will likely depends upon how the Austrian Authorities define “religion.”
All I can say is God bless the Pastafarians. They have good taste in food!