Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, Religion

Pastafarian infects Austria with humour

Driving licence of Niko Alm
The BBC reports that an Austrian atheist and member of the the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (AKA Pastafarians) has won the right to be shown on his driving-licence photo wearing a pasta strainer as “religious headgear”.

Does this mean the birth nation of that other Führer (is that really the ideal first word for an official document?) has suddenly unearthed a hitherto unknown Austro-Teutonic strain of humour?

Possibly. A friend who lived there says Austrians are like the Irish — known for their sense of humour. (Though only, I fear, by the Germans.)

Actually that may be right: they have a town in Austria called Fucking (a sister city, I dare say, of Intercourse, Pennsylvania), where the Brits — and no doubt the Irish — keep nicking the signs.

But last I heard, the Austrians were not amused.

Before we conclude that Austria is undergoing some sort of post-Pythonesque renaissance of rib-tickling, the story goes on:

After receiving his application the Austrian authorities had required him to obtain a doctor’s certificate that he was “psychologically fit” to drive.

Clearly the bureaucracy remain untouched by the new craze.

But I do like the sound of this religion, which is, predictably, American.

The group’s website states that “the only dogma allowed in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is the rejection of dogma”.

I like that. Do I detect a subliminal message in all this for our Islamofascist brothers? Not necessarily…

In response to pressure for American schools to teach the theory known as intelligent design, which some Christians favour as an alternative to natural selection, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster wrote to the Kansas School Board asking for the pastafarian version of intelligent design to be taught to schoolchildren.

Seems their religion-ridicule is non-denominational. And fair enough. So is mine.

(Though I do reserve the right to gently poke fun at moronic, medieval, misogynistic Muslims for their discourteous bombings, beheadings and unsporting insistence that all their pretty girls dress like Darth Vader.)

The next step, Mr Alm told the Austrian news agency APA, is to apply to the Austrian authorities for pastafarianism to become an officially recognised faith.

I may join. Better still, I wonder if they have a New Zealand diocese? If Brian Tamaki can be a bishop…
I particularly like their religious artworks.
And also the HateMail section on their website where godawful Goddists can abuse His Noodliness for mocking their imaginary friends.
Like this guy.
Peace and light.

3 thoughts on “Pastafarian infects Austria with humour

  1. You missed that in Pastafarianism, pirates are devine beings and that Global Warming is a direct result of the decline in pirate numbers since 1800.

    Sod “carbon neutral” there’s an opportunity for New Zealand to lead the world and become the first 100% pirate nation!

    James, my son, your deep understanding of scripture suggests you would make an admirable vice-pontiff.

  2. I hear you are not taking my religion entirely serious, Mr Ansell. We Pastafarians take our faith very seriously. If you persist in your heresy, there will be penne to pay. In the name of the Noodly One, Amen!

    Well, as long as there’s no carbonara tax. And enough with the sexist sign-offs. Aperson!

    (Kiwiwit, you’re very lucky you don’t live in a certain town in Austria or you’d be F…wit.)

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