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How to become a Pastafarian


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Q: How to become a pastafarian?
A: What ?! You have not read our scriptures, but want to become a pastafarian ?! Forgive the pasta for that. (normal answer: to become a pastafarian, you just need to consider yourself a pastafarian. Too complicated, right?)

Q: Where to get a certificate of ordination?
A: On the official website. And you can in the official group. There is a tick, you won’t lose it.

Q: Where is the official website?
A: * facepalm * On the Internet. The link can be found in the group header. Or google: "the official site of the ROC MP." Too lazy? Ok, keep the link:

Q: I sent a handshake certificate over9999 years ago, when will I receive it?
A: Nicogh. Patience, brother. We do not know when you will receive it. For example, I waited more than two months. In general, it does not depend on us, but while you wait - read a little book better. I recommend the "Royal Battle" of Japanese writer Takami Kosyun.

Q: Where can I find the commandments of Pastafarianism?
A: Googly: "8 you'd better not do this" or "Wiki Pastafarianism."

Q: I want to take a photo like Nico Alm. What to do?
A: In Russia, "it is allowed to submit photographs in hats that do not hide the oval of a person by citizens whose religious beliefs do not allow outsiders to appear without a hat." We are allowed to walk without a religious headdress - a colander, so no, it won't. BUT someone could, then you can. Good luck.

Q: Is it possible to dismiss from the army due to the fact that I am a pastafrian?
A: No, it is impossible, because it will be necessary to prove this with texts from the scriptures (in principle, you can blame it on two lost ones) and bring the familiar pastafrians and etc. It’s better if you’re just a mega-super-cool-WRITER, then you can write an essay / essay / book on the topic: "Why am I not good. I can serve in the army." Yes, there is an example of a lost commandment ("In countries where religious beliefs make it possible to refuse to serve in the army, you can believe that LMM forbids you to shoot people who ate pasta or noodles or meatballs at least once in your life"), but I personally I think that it will not help you to slope away from the army.

Q: If there is Beer Volcano and the Strip Factory in Paradise, then what does Pastafarian Hell look like? / Is there Hell in Pastafarianism?
A: We are not quite sure, but we imagine it to be the same as LMM Paradise, only beer is stale there, and the stripper has sexually transmitted diseases. Not much different from Las Vegas. "(LMM Gospel, Bobby Answers Important Questions)

Q: Can I eat pasta?
A: You can. This is called pasta communion / pasta communion.

Q: Is it mandatory to drink beer? What to do if you do not like pasta / beer, no. 18, the above products are contraindicated?
A: I can’t find the exact quote, but. Do not want / can not - do not eat / do not drink. LMM does not require this of you.


Pastafarianism (English Pastafarianism), or Church of the Flying Macaroni Monster (English Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster), a parody religion founded by physicist Bobby Henderson, a graduate of the University of Oregon, in 2005 in protest against the decision of the Kansas Department of Education, requiring the introduction of the concept of “Intelligent Design” as an alternative to the school curriculum evolutionary doctrine. In an open letter on his website, Henderson announces faith in a supernatural creator who looks like pasta and meatballs - Flying Pasta Monster (LMM), and calls for the study of pastafarianism in schools along with other religions, thereby using the argument reductio ad absurdum (bringing to absurdity).

Flying Pasta Monster
Flying spaghetti monster

Pastafarian deity, Flying Macaroni Monster, bestows Seasoning Pirate
First appearanceJanuary 2005
CreatorBobby Henderson
Wikimedia Commons Media Files

The name is based on a pun, and is associated with Rastafarianism and the Italian word "pasta" (Italian pasta), meaning pasta, and followers call themselves pastafarians.

The Flying Macaroni Monster, a pastafarian deity, was first described in an open letter written by Bobby Henderson in 2005 to protest the decision of the Kansas Board of Education to teach the Intelligent Design theory along with the theory of evolution. In this letter, Henderson makes fun of creationism, ushering in faith in the Flying Pasta Monster. In particular, the letter says that whenever a scientist conducts radiocarbon analysis, his deity changes the measurement result with his pasta right hand. Henderson argues that his beliefs are no less logical than the theory of “Intelligent Design”, and encourages him to study his theory along with the theory of evolution and the theory of “Intelligent Design”. After Henderson published this letter on his website, the Flying Macaroni Monster became a symbol of opposition to teaching the theory of “Intelligent Design” in ordinary schools.

Pastafarian principles (often parodying creationism) are presented on the website of the Pastafarian Church created by Henderson and in the 2006 Gospel of the Flying Pasta Monster. Central to this is that the invisible and imperceptible Flying Macaroni Monster created the Universe. Pirates are revered as the first pastafarians. Henderson claims that the decline in the number of pirates on Earth has caused global warming.

Because of its popularity, pastafarianism is often used as a modern version of Russell's teapot - the argument that the burden of proof lies with those who put forward the theory, and not those who refute it. Pastafarianism approved by the scientific community source not specified 137 days and criticized by creationists. Pastafarians were involved in disputes with creationists, for example, in Polk County in Florida, where they played an important role in discouraging school councils from adopting new rules for teaching evolution.


In January 2005, Bobby Henderson, then still a twenty-four-year-old graduate of the Department of Physics at the University of Oregon, sent an open letter about the Flying Macaroni Monster to the Kansas Board of Education. The letter was sent even before the hearings on the teaching of evolution as an argument against the teaching of “Intelligent Design” along with the theory of evolution in schools. Henderson, calling himself an “interested citizen” representing over ten million others, claims that the universe was created by the Flying Pasta Monster. In his letter, he noted:

I think we are all looking forward to the moment when these three theories will be allocated the same time throughout the country, and finally throughout the world, a third of the time for “Intelligent Design”, a third for pastafarianism, a third for logical assumptions based on observable evidence.
Bobby Henderson

According to Henderson, since the theory of "Intelligent Design" does not have a clear reference to the creator, any creature can be one, including the Flying Macaroni Monster. Henderson explained: “For me, religion is not a problem. The problem is religion under the guise of science. If there is a god and he is smart, I would suggest that he has a sense of humor. "

In May 2005, not receiving a response from the Kansas State Board of Education, Henderson posted his letter on his website, causing widespread publicity. Shortly thereafter, pastafarianism became an Internet phenomenon. Henderson published the responses he received from board members. Three of them, who opposed changing curricula, answered positively, the fourth replied that "Mocking God is a serious crime." Henderson also published many letters of hatred, including, including, wishes for death. During the year after sending the open letter, Henderson received more than 60 thousand letters expressing opinions about LMM, of which, according to him, “about 95% were positive, while in the other 5% they predicted hell.” During this time, the site scored tens of millions of views.

Internet phenomenon Edit

Bobby Henderson's website and pastafarianism received a lot of support and attention. The satirical nature of Henderson's argument made Flying Pasta Monster popular with bloggers as well as online culture sites. Flying Macaroni Monster has appeared on Boing Boing, Something Awful, Absurdopedia and Moreover, the International Pastafarian Community and other fan sites have sprung up. As public awareness of the Flying Pasta Monster grew, the media paid more and more attention to the phenomenon. Flying Macaroni Monster has become a symbol of confrontation with teaching the theory of "Intelligent Design" in public education. An open letter was printed in many major newspapers, including in The new york times, The washington post and Chicago sun-times, and received, in the opinion of one journalist, "worldwide press attention." Henderson himself was surprised at the success of his idea, stating that he "wrote a letter just for his own entertainment."

In August 2005, in response to a challenge from readers, Boing Boing raised the “Fictional Currency” prize pool from $ 250,000 to $ 1,000,000, which will be paid to anyone who can empirically prove that Jesus is not the son of a Flying Pasta Monster . This mimics a similar task invented by Kent Hovind, a young earth creationist.

According to Bobby Henderson, newspaper articles on pastafarianism attracted book publishers, he said that at some point there were six publishers at once interested in Flying Macaroni Monster. In November 2005, Henderson received an advance from Villard for writing Gospel of the Flying Pasta Monster .

In November 2005, the Kansas State Board of Education voted to allow the teaching of criticism of evolution, including the teaching of Intelligent Design as part of testing standards. On February 13, 2007, the Council voted to abolish the changes adopted in 2005. Over the past eight years, this was the fifth case of rewriting evolutionary education standards.

Although Henderson stated that "the only dogma that is in pastafarianism is the rejection of dogma," there are some common beliefs accepted by pastafarians. Bobby proposed many pastafarian principles as answers to the widespread arguments of proponents of the Intelligent Design theory. These “canonical beliefs” are presented by Henderson in his letter to the Kansas Board of Education, Gospel Flying Pasta Monster and on Bobby Henderson’s website, where he is called the “prophet." They usually make fun of creationism.

Eight “You better not do this.” Edit

Eight, “You better not do it,” is the pastafarian equivalent of the Old Testament of the Ten Commandments. They include many aspects of life, from sexual behavior to eating. According to pastafarianism, they were given to the pirate Moses (the pastafarian equivalent of the biblical Moses) by the Flying Macaroni Monster himself. Initially, there were ten, but two planks fell "along the road from Mount Salsa." Moses himself called them Commandments, and his pirate gang called Condiments.

Creating the World Edit

Central to the Pastafarian theory of the creation of the world is that the Flying Macaroni Monster created the Universe "after heavy alcoholic intoxication." In accordance with these beliefs, the cause of the depravity of the Earth was the intoxication of the Monster. In addition, according to pastafarianism, all evidence of evolution was intentionally rigged by the Flying Pasta Monster to test the pastafarian faith (a parody of some explanations of the contradictions between the Bible and the observed world). When a scientist conducts a radiocarbon analysis, the Flying Macaroni Monster "changes the measurement results with its Macaroni Hand."

Pirates and Global Warming Edit

According to the pastafarian belief system, pirates are “absolutely divine creatures” and the first pastafarians. According to pastafarians, the idea of ​​pirates as “thieves and outcasts” is misinformation spread by Christian theologians in the Middle Ages and Hare Krishnas. Pastafarians believe that pirates were “peace-loving researchers and distributors of goodwill,” distributing sweets to small children, adding that modern pirates are in no way similar to “funny pirates of the past.” In addition, pastafarians believe that the ghosts of pirates are responsible for the mysterious crash and disappearance of ships and aircraft in the Bermuda Triangle. On September 19, Pastafarians celebrate International Pirate Day.

The inclusion of pirates in pastafarianism was part of a letter from Bobby Henderson to the Kansas Board of Education illustrating that correlation does not necessarily mean causation. Henderson presented the following argument: "global warming, earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural disasters are a direct result of the reduction in the number of pirates since the 19th century." Obviously misleading is the graph accompanying the letter (with mockingly disordered numbers along the abscissa axis), which shows an increase in global temperature with a decrease in the number of pirates. This mimics the words of some religious groups claiming that natural disasters, famines and wars are due to a lack of worship of their deity. In 2008, Henderson interpreted the growing activity of pirates in the Gulf of Aden as additional support for his theory, indicating that Somalia had “the largest number of pirates and the lowest carbon emissions in the world.”

Holidays Edit

Pastafarian beliefs are manifested in unobtrusive religious rites. Pastafarians celebrate every Friday as a holy day. Prayers end with the final word “Ramen” (or “Ramen”, “RA (a) men”), composed of “Amen” (“Amen”) and “Ramen” (Japanese instant noodles).

Around Christmas time, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa pastafarians celebrate a fuzzy holiday called "Holiday." The Holiday does not have a specific celebration date. Since pastafarians reject dogma, there are no specific requirements for celebrating the Feast. Pastafarians can celebrate the holiday in any form they want. Pastafarians also celebrate Pastuh (English “Pastover”) as a parody of Easter and Passover, as well as “Ramendan” as a parody of Muslim Ramadan.

Pastafarians interpret the use of "Happy Holidays" instead of more traditional greetings (such as "Merry Christmas") as support for pastafarianism. In December 2005, the White House sent out Christmas cards containing congratulations on the “holiday season” (English holiday season), after which Bobby Henderson wrote a letter of thanks to the President containing, inter alia, the “fish” logo of the Flying Pasta Monster for a limousine or Bush plane. Henderson also thanked Walmart for using this phrase.

As a Cultural Phenomenon Edit

The Flying Macaroni Monster Church is made up of millions of followers, primarily on campus, owned by colleges and universities in North America and Europe. According to the Associated Press, Henderson’s site has become “a kind of cyber cooler for opponents of the Intelligent Design theory.” On it, visitors could follow the meetings of piratically dressed pastafarians, sell trinkets and bumper stickers and view photos of the “visions” of the Flying Pasta Monster.

In August 2005, Swedish concept designer Niklas Jansson created an adaptation of Michelangelo’s painting. Creation of Adamby superimposing an image of a Flying Pasta Monster on god. She became the standard image of the Flying Pasta Monster. In December 2006, the Hunger Artists Theater Company produced a comedy titled Festive pageant about Flying Pasta Monsterdetailing the Pastafarian story. A sequel called Grog Holy Mug Flying Pasta Monsterreleased in December 2008. This community activity attracted the attention of three Florida State University religious scholars who assembled a group to discuss pastafarianism at a 2007 American Academy of Religion meeting.

In November 2007, four discussions of the Flying Pasta Monster were sent to the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Diego. Discussion elements with titles such as “Holy Pasta and Authentic Sauce: The Random Consequences of Pastafarianism for Theorizing Religion " were considered by a group of scholars as necessary for the preparation of religion. Speakers asked if “Anti-religion like pastafarianism can really be a religion.” The conversations were based on the text “Evolutionary Disputes and Pasta Party: Flying Macaroni Monster and the Subversive Function of Religious Parody published in the GOLEM Journal of Religion and Monsters. The audience for this discussion was 100 of the more than 9,000 participants in the conference, whose organizers received critical emails from Christians who were offended by him.

Since October 2008, the local branch of the Pastafarian Church has sponsored the annual Skepticon congress on the University of Missouri campus. Atheists and skeptics talk on different topics and debate with Christian experts. Organizers tout the event as "a larger gathering of atheists in the Midwest."

Moldovan-born poet, science fiction writer and culturologist Igor Ursenco named his book Flying Macaroni Monster (thriller poems).

On Kiva, a microfinance nonprofit site, a group of pastafarians issued more loans than other “religious communities”. The motto of the group is “Thou shalt share, that none may seek without finding”. As of September 25, 2016, they have spent more than $ 3,190,000 on loans.

Bathyphysa conifera, siphonophore, was called the "Flying Pasta Monster" - link to LMM.

Use in Religious Disputes Edit

Due to its popularity and media coverage, Flying Pasta Monster is often used as a modern version of Russell's Kettle. Supporters argue that since the existence of the invisible and imperceptible Flying Macaroni Monster is similar to other supernatural creatures and cannot be falsified, it demonstrates that the burden of proof rests with those who make the claim that such creatures exist. Richard Dawkins explains, “The responsibility lies with those who affirm something, I want to believe in God, the Flying Pasta Monster, fairies and so on. We must not refute all this. ” Also, according to Lance Gharavi, editor The Journal of Religion and Theater, any point of view about the creator of the world is as believable as about the Flying Pasta Monster. Similar reasoning is discussed in books such as God is like an illusion .

In December 2007, the Pastafarian Church in Polk County, Florida, began to discourage the School Council from adopting new standards for evolutionary science. The question was raised after five of the seven members of the Council stated that they adhere to the theory of “Intelligent Design”. Opponents of this, calling themselves pastafarians, wrote an e-mail to the District School Council, in which they demanded that the same amount of study time be given to pastafarianism. Council member Margaret Lofton, supporting the “Intelligent Design” theory, rejected the letter as ridiculous and offensive, saying that “they made us the laughing stock of the world.” Lofton later stated that she was not interested in an alliance with pastafarians or anyone else who criticized the theory of "Intelligent Design." As the dispute developed, scholars expressed their disagreement with proponents of the Intelligent Design theory. In response to hope for a new faculty of “applied science” at the University of South Florida at Lakeland, the vice president of the university, Marshell Goodman, expressed surprise by stating that the “Intelligent Design theory” is not a science. You cannot even call it pseudoscience. ” At that time, dissatisfied with this result, Lofton decided not to resign because of this issue. She and other Council members expressed a desire to return to daily work.

Pastafarians used the claimed faith as a way to uphold freedom of worldview and counter discrimination by governments of people who do not follow imposed religions.

Marriages Edit

The Pastafarian Church holds weddings for atheists in countries where only clergy can do this. Pastafarians say the separation of church and state prevents the government from calling one religion valid and the other not. In November 2014, Rodney Mikhail Rogers and Atheists for Human Rights of Minneapolis filed a lawsuit against discrimination against atheists in Washington, DC, Minnesota based on the Equal Protection Regulation, the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution and the First Amendment Freedom of Speech, citing the Flying Church as an example. Macaroni Monster, in which for $ 20 you can get the right to conduct weddings. A few days before the hearing on this matter, Washington County changed its policy by allowing Rogers to marry. This action was made in an attempt not to fall under the jurisdiction of the courts on the main claim. On May 13, 2015, the Federal Court ruled that the issue became controversial and closed the case.

Freedom of Speech Edit

In March 2007, Brian Killian, a student from Buncombe County, North Carolina, was expelled from school for wearing “pirate regalia,” which he said was part of his pastafarian faith. Killian protested against this, saying that it violates his religious freedom and freedom of expression, described in the First Amendment to the US Constitution. He said that "if I believe in something, no matter how stupid it sounds, I should be able to express myself."

In March 2008, pastafarians from Crossville, Tennessee received permission to place a statue of the Flying Pasta Monster on the lawn in front of the courthouse. She aroused great interest among residents of the United States, articles about her appeared in many newspapers and websites. Later, the statue was removed along with others after disputes over this monument. In December 2011, pastafarianism became one of the denominations that received equal access to the placement of holiday signs at the Laudon County Courthouse in Leesburg, Virginia.

In 2012, Tracy Macpherson, on behalf of the Pennsylvania pastafarians, turned to the commissars of the Pennsylvania Chester County to allow him to be represented there along with the Jewish menorah and the Christian scene of the birth of Christ. One commissioner stated that either all religions should be represented, or not one, but the rest of the commissioners did not support him, and the proposal was rejected. Another commissioner noted that this statement received more attention than he had ever seen.

On September 21, 2012, pastafarian Jorgos Luisos was detained in Greece on charges of blasphemy and insulting religion by creating a satirical Facebook page called Elder Pastitsios (Elder Pastitsios), based on the personality of the famous Greek Orthodox monk (who has so far died) Elder paisios (Elder Paisios), on which his name and face were replaced by pastitsio - Local pasta and béchamel sauce. The case came to the Greek parliament, caused a wide public outcry and created a strong political reaction to the arrest.

On August 17, 2013, pastafarians in Russia tried to conduct a “Pastoral Movement” - a march along the central streets of Russian cities to “joyfully glorify spaghetti and meatballs”. In St. Petersburg, along Nevsky Prospekt, eating fifty pasta in pirate costumes and colanders on their heads, about fifty pastafarians marched. The action was held without delay. Moscow City Hall refused to agree on a march along the Old Arbat and the Boulevard Ring. However, the pastafarians tried to hold a procession, which was dispersed by riot police after the "Orthodox activist" Dmitry "Enteo" Tsorionov and the participants of the movement "God's Will" sprayed the pastafarian with ketchup and called the police. Eight people were detained, who came with packs of pasta and colanders. The "surviving" pastafarians went to the Hermitage Garden. After drawing up the protocols under Article 20.2 of the Code of Administrative Offenses (violation of the rules for holding a public event), all detainees were released. One of the pastafarians was accused of “shouting the slogan“ Pasta monster! ”, Attracting the attention of citizens and the media.” The other was accused of reciting verses “We are proud of the hadron collider engineers, for we strongly believe in Macaroni Monster!”.

In February 2014, trade union officials at the University of London South Bank prohibited a group of atheists from displaying posters with a Flying Macaroni Monster at a student conference, and later barred the group from accessing it, resulting in complaints of interference with free speech. The student union subsequently apologized.

In November 2014, in Templin, along with Protestants and Catholics, pastafarians received the right to post road signs directing to the place of their Friday meetings - pasta mass (German Nudelmesse). However, in 2016, a court of the Federal State of Brandenburg denied pastafarians this right.

Headgear in photos for documents Edit

In July 2011, the Austrian pastafarian Nico Alm, after three years of various examinations, received the right to be photographed for a driver’s license with a colander on his head. He came up with this idea after reading that Austrian laws only allow him to be photographed for rights in a headdress if he is worn for religious reasons.

In February 2013, the New Jersey Motor Transport Commission denied pastafarian Aaron Williams the right to take a photo with a colander on his head, explaining that the colander is not on the list of approved hats.

In March 2013, photos of Alain Graulus with a colander on her head on a Belgian passport were rejected by local and national administrations. .

In July 2013, in the Czech Republic, a member of the Czech pirate party, Lukas Novy from Brno, received permission to take a picture for an ID card with a colander on his head. A representative of Brno City Hall explained that “The use of this photo complies with the laws ... according to which the use of headgear in official photographs for religious or medical reasons is allowed if they do not hide the face.”

In August 2013, a student at the Texas Tech University Eddie Castillo received permission to take a photo on a driver’s license in a colander. He said: “you might think that this is some kind of college student prank, but thousands of people, including me, see this as an important political and religious event for atheists around the world.”

In January 2014, Christopher Schaeffer, a city council member in Pomfret, Chatokwa County, New York, swore an oath in a colander.

In November 2014, the former Asian porn star Carrera Hurrican, Utah Department of Motor Vehicles, issued a photograph for documents in a traditional pastafarian headdress. The director of the Utah Driver's License Department said that in recent years, about a dozen pastafarians in other states have already received a driver’s license with similar photos in colander.

In November 2015, Massachusetts resident Lindsay Miller was allowed to get a driver's license with her photo in a colander after she spoke about her religious beliefs. Miller, who lives in Lowell, said she is “delighted with the history and stories” of pastafarians, whose website has been kept secret for hundreds of years and became mainstream in 2005.

On January 9, 2016, Russian Andrei Filin became the fifth pastafarian in the world to claim the right to take a photo on a driver’s license with a colander on his head. He explained to police that he was a member of the Russian Pastafarian Church of the Pasta Pastriarchy, so the "holy colander" is an inherent religious attribute that he must always wear on his head. According to the requirements established by the STSI for the issuance of a driver’s license, a headdress is allowed if a person cannot remove it before strangers for religious reasons. His photo in a colander in the traffic police was cut so that the pen became almost invisible, which makes the colander in the photo look like a simple hat. Shortly after Filin posted a photo with a driver’s license on his Twitter page, the press service of the capital's traffic police announced an official check on the issuance of a driver’s license to a pastafarian. In turn, the deputy chief of the traffic police of Russia Vladimir Kuzin noted: “Next time he will be stopped, and if he is without a colander on his head, they will withdraw rights. Because the photo will not be true. May he now carry a colander with him constantly. ”

Some sources report that the colander was recognized by the Austrian authorities as the religious headdress of the parody religion, pastafarianism in 2011. This was denied by the Austrian authorities, saying that for religious reasons permission to be photographed for a passport in a headdress cannot be granted. The Czech Republic recognized the colander as a religious headdress in 2013.

Some anti-clerical protesters, saying they believed in the Flying Pasta Monster, wore colanders at Piazza XXIV Maggio Square in Milan, Italy on June 2, 2012.

The Russian Pastafarian Church (Russian Pastafarian Church of the Pasta Pastriarchy, ROC, ROC MP) notified the local government in Moscow (Administration of the Khoroshevo-Mnevniki municipal district in Moscow) about the creation of the religious group “Russian Pastafarian Church” on July 12, 2013. As of March 17, 2014, 29 pastafarian religious groups have registered notifications in the Russian Federation.

The Russian Pastafarian Church is led by the pastriarch Sama Pasta IV (Mikhail Samin) and a community called the “Holy Colander”, consisting of 10 people, which includes the second pastriarch Husam Pasta (Amirjan Khusainov) and the first pastriarch Kama Pasta First (Vadim Kamashev) .

November 15, 2013 Pastriarch Kama Pasta I published an encyclical on the introduction of rotation