Pastafarian invocation in Alaska

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This is all sorts of awesome. I'm just going to paste the whole thing:

HOMER, Alaska (AP) — A pastor wearing a colander on his head offered the opening prayer on behalf of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to open a local government meeting in Alaska, the latest blessing from a nontraditional church since a court ruling.

Barrett Fletcher, the Pastafarian pastor, noted the duties performed by the members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in his Tuesday message, adding a few of them “seem to feel they can’t do the work without being overseen by a higher authority, ” Kenai radio station KSRM reported Wednesday.

“So, I’m called to invoke the power of the true inebriated creator of the universe, the drunken tolerator (sic) of the all lesser and more recent gods, and maintainer of gravity here on earth. May the great Flying Spaghetti Monster rouse himself from his stupor and let his noodly appendages ground each assembly member in their seats,” Fletcher said.

The only people who stood for the invocation were those without seats in the standing-room-only assembly hall in Homer, which is about 125 miles (201 kilometers) south of Anchorage. One man turned his back to face the wall during the invocation, and other men did not remove their hats.

The Pastafarian invocation followed one in June from Satanic Temple member Iris Fontana that caused about a dozen people to leave the assembly chamber in Soldotna in protest when she invoked “Hail Satan” in her opening prayer.

Fontana was among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit litigated by the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska against the borough after it approved a 2016 policy saying that people who wanted to give the invocations at the government body’s meetings had to belong to official organizations with an established presence on the Kenai Peninsula. Other plaintiffs who had been denied permission to give the invocations included an atheist and a Jewish woman.

The Alaska Supreme Court last October ruled that the borough policy was unconstitutional, and the borough government changed it in November to allow anyone to offer invocations regardless of religion.

The Flying Spaghetti Monster church, called FSM for short, was formed in 2005 as a response to the Kansas State Board of Education’s hearings on evolution in schools. Its founder sent a letter about FSM as a way to argue against teaching creationism in biology classes, the Homer News has reported.

Church followers believe an invisible and undetectable monster made of spaghetti and meatballs created the universe after drinking heavily, and that his “noodly appendages” hold great power. Many label the movement as satire, but it is recognized as an official religion in some countries, the News reported.

Barrett, who started his chapter in Homer, on the lower Kenai Peninsula, concluded his opening prayer as asking the Flying Spaghetti Monster to provide each assembly member “satisfaction in the perception of accomplishment and allow them true relaxation and an ample supply of their favorite beverage at the end of this evening’s work.”

He then ended the prayer with: “Ramen
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I'm imagining the faces on those present. This is how you get religion out of politics.
 

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Satanists are also just satirizing Christianity. If Christians can occupy such visible spots as opening government meetings, then so can Satanists and Followers of the Great Inebriated Flying Spaghetti Monster. They are all based on faith, but at least we know spaghetti exists. And it is good.
 

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To me it is all black humour ... another thing eliminated when following the rule of the existing stuff as it Leis out there as a blossoming thing gone to cede ... unceded? Humans are like this ... to support Homo Sapiens ... commonly wise to be beyond emotional phoque ...

Once homo meant common .. and sapiens meant wise ... yet strange things come in with change and fallout ... like gravitas! So posted!

In conflicted modes we must learn to hate something ... free choice and some hate dark words ... jetting out from unknown eruptions ... blasted thoughts? Erinyes continue ... anthropomorphized in myth ... shadow personalities?

It may cause some fears and flights ... thus angels take off for elsewhere! Sometimes you can almost see them if you strain out a thought ... a mental derivation! Pan Tyres ... from one into the alternate ... as sauce is prepared as jew-Ci ... it flows! Sacredly doe no one should know ... until the blossoming ... thus peculiar lilies in the subcontinent ... tajemaul ... some wrestling expected with the cognate!

Tis a dark situation we live in ... until the great escape ... then we perfectly know nothing .. as thought is mire and must be washed out!

Imagine being out on the MyRah ... float hurst ...
 
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After the one about the Satanist doing it (I was coming here to bump that thread with this story but whatever), this is the logical next step. When did "Inebriated" get added to the FSM's titles? I mean, pasta goes well with alcohol, usually wine, but I don't recall seeing it in His name before.
 

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Is was told of a vodka pasta last night at a book club dinner. Previously encountered whiskey pasta ... said the essence is cooked off but does something to the flavonoids ... recessing paranoids?
 

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Is was told of a vodka pasta last night at a book club dinner.
I think I've seen a vodka or whiskey sauce somewhere before, too, though wine is more normal for pasta sauces.

Is it sacrilege to discuss cooking pasta in a thread about the GIFSM? Or required by divine fiat? :unsure:
 

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After the one about the Satanist doing it (I was coming here to bump that thread with this story but whatever), this is the logical next step. When did "Inebriated" get added to the FSM's titles? I mean, pasta goes well with alcohol, usually wine, but I don't recall seeing it in His name before.
I'm guessing Bobby Henderson had another divine revelation. Exactly like the Mormons occasionally get revelations to make them less racist and polygamist.
 

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I think I've seen a vodka or whiskey sauce somewhere before, too, though wine is more normal for pasta sauces.

Is it sacrilege to discuss cooking pasta in a thread about the GIFSM? Or required by divine fiat? :unsure:
Cooking and consuming pasta is required in Pastafarianism. The obvious comparison in Christianity is the Eucharist, except instead of a cracker and wine either becoming or symbolic of flesh and blood, the noodles "become" noodles, which isn't nearly as big of a stretch.
 

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Cooking and consuming pasta is required in Pastafarianism. The obvious comparison in Christianity is the Eucharist, except instead of a cracker and wine either becoming or symbolic of flesh and blood, the noodles "become" noodles, which isn't nearly as big of a stretch.
Whew. Because I had seafood on spaghetti in a blush sauce for dinner yesterday.:cool:
 

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Cooking and consuming pasta is required in Pastafarianism. The obvious comparison in Christianity is the Eucharist, except instead of a cracker and wine either becoming or symbolic of flesh and blood, the noodles "become" noodles, which isn't nearly as big of a stretch.
Are rice noodles acceptable for those with celiac disease?
 
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