July 19, 2011

Flying Spaghetti Monsters Can Now Drive

By Francis Nye

After three years of persistence, Niko Alm of Australia was finally allowed to pose for his driver’s license photo wearing his religious head cover, a pasta strainer.  Mr. Alm belongs to The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM), which is a lighthearted faith. Members of the FSM are self-confessed atheists. Strangely enough; or not, one of the tenets of their religion is that if you choose you can wear a pasta strainer as a head covering. Not my cup of tea but to each their own as I like to say.  The officials in Australia at first didn’t know what to think about Alm and his pasta strainer so they requested that he submit to a medical interview to see if he was "psychologically fit" to operate a motor vehicle. Now one would think after dealing with the public as these license officials do that one would be inured to these flights of fancy. But I guess not by their over-reaction.  I mean come on.  Are not all religious people a little delusional anyway?  

 

Let’s examine the facts.  FSM members believe that their deity, the Flying Spaghetti Monster is invisible and indefinable. Christians believe that their God is also invisible and indefinable. Nothing so different there.  FSM beliefs states that global warming is due to a decline in piracy throughout the world, pirates being the original patriarchs of the FSM church. Christians for the most part deny global warming. That the theory of global warming is an elaborate hoax at best. The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster believes that heaven contains beer and a stripper factory. Sounds like a fun place where do I sign up?  Christians believe that everyone will have a mansion in heaven and the streets are paved with gold.  Really gold?
 

Most of the science community and the media according to FSM's Wiki page embrace this lighthearted faith. Christianity on the other hand is always at odds with science because they deny evolution; believe that the earth is 6000 years old, and other scientific explanations regarding nature and origins.  Christianity instead embraces the idea of a perfect garden in which man was created and was deceived by talking snake. FSM embraces ideas of equality while on the flip side Christianity treats women as second-class citizens and gays as abominations.  Not to mention they have had consistent wars against themselves and other faiths.  To the best of my knowledge The FSM church has not had a single skirmish with anyone.


All in all FSM is very benign and pigeon-lived compared to most mainstream religions.  So what is all the fuss? Is his make-believe religion really that strange when compared to accepted mainstream faiths? Both religions are absolutely wacky. Yet we have a double standard in Australia for some reason.

2 comments:

  1. Austria not Australia. Good attention to detail on that, seeing though as you can see the EU markings on his ID and Australia isn't even near Europe. Also what language do the Austrians speak? Not Austrian, but German, hence the German words on his ID.

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  2. Austria not Australia. Good attention to detail on that, seeing though as you can see the EU markings on his ID and Australia isn't even near Europe. Also what language do the Austrians speak? Not Austrian, but German, hence the German words on his ID.

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