I’m sure most readers are aware of the Pastafarian religion and its deity, the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
It seems the ‘religion’ is hitting a few obstacles in its expansion into Germany.
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) in Templin has filed charges against the state of Brandenburg over being able to post signs around town, with the first hearing set for Wednesday, according to the group.
The FSM church explained in a statement that in December, it had discussed with local authorities its status and agreed it could qualify as an “ideological community”. They therefore had the right to post signs advertising their “noodle mass” – just as Protestant and Catholic churches advertise their own masses and gatherings with roadside signs.
Then, Brandenburg Culture Minister Sabine Kunst declared that because the spaghetti monster followers were not officially designated as a religious community, they would therefore have to remove the signs.
Worshippers saw no recourse but to bring the case to court.
“No matter what happens, the opposition has shot themselves in the foot,” Brother Spaghettus, also known as Rüdiger Weida, told Jetzt, because either they will allow the signs to be set up again, “or we will take it to the next level court.”
There’s more at the link.
Personally, I’m all for a worshipful dinner of spaghetti and meatballs, washed down (of course) with a good German lager or pilsner. However, I have to point out that Germany is the home of, not spaghetti, but spätzle noodles. Would the latter be considered a suitably sacramental meal for a specifically spaghetti monster? Or would they be considered an impasta?
Anyone serving Spatzle would be a heretic as it would be the…(wait for it)…
Both of you.
gerührt von seinen noodly anhängsel
Seen online recently,a Dr. giving a prescription to a suspiciously shaped lady:
"I'm going to prescribe medical marinara to you, Mrs. Rotini"
It's actually better than that. If the church does get official recognition then it's believers can contribute their German church tax to the FSM church, which means – essentially – tax deductible beer and pasta every week.