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(Huffington Post)   Pastafarian sworn into Town Council. Fark: Wearing a colander   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 36
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2014-01-07 08:41:13 AM  
5 votes:

Woohoo_02: The older I get the more I can't stand this bullshiat. Is that called maturity? There is a difference between disagreeing with religion and showing childish contempt for it. This is pretty clearly the latter. This is foolish, nothing else, you can see it on the face of the woman swearing him in "Is this what I have to farking do today? Serve this moron?" I legitimately think this shows contempt for the courts as well, and as such he shouldn't be sworn in.


The purpose of satire is to make you think.  Did you ever wonder if its appropriate to have a religious ritual in order to participate in government?  To pastafarians and many atheists, watching politicians swear on a bible is just as ridiculous and offensive as believers watching a man get sworn in while wearing a colander.

Maybe its time to take the religious symbolism out of government?
2014-01-07 01:55:11 AM  
4 votes:

Eddie Adams from Torrance: We should ban politicians who openly belong to made-up religions.


The question is: who decides which religions are made-up?
2014-01-07 08:46:12 AM  
3 votes:

Woohoo_02: The older I get the more I can't stand this bullshiat. Is that called maturity?


Is it maturity when city council members put up statues showing the Ten Commandments in front of court houses or say Christian prayers before council meetings or (lets not forget how FLM got started) board of education members set requirements that creationism be taught as part of science curriculum in public schools? Does that not show contempt for the courts and (at the very least) a complete misunderstanding of the principals this country was founded on?
2014-01-07 07:29:22 AM  
3 votes:

Woohoo_02: The older I get the more I can't stand this bullshiat. Is that called maturity? There is a difference between disagreeing with religion and showing childish contempt for it. This is pretty clearly the latter. This is foolish, nothing else, you can see it on the face of the woman swearing him in "Is this what I have to farking do today? Serve this moron?" I legitimately think this shows contempt for the courts as well, and as such he shouldn't be sworn in.

"Some people will see it as obnoxious or a sign that he's not taking the oath of office seriously,"
Yup, pretty much.

And as for religion without dogma? I find pastafarians dogmatically moronic. Try to have one serious, adult, informed conversation about, say, hinduism, or sikhism with an avowed pastafarian. Try. They are just athiests who instead of being passive or militant or flighty went full retard.


You think worshipping pasta is odd? Look at the Christians. They wear ancient execution devices around their necks to worship an imaginary guy who was executed per Roman law related to brigandage, highway robbery and treason. That shows a distinct lack of maturity and sanity.
2014-01-07 07:20:22 AM  
3 votes:
The older I get the more I can't stand this bullshiat. Is that called maturity? There is a difference between disagreeing with religion and showing childish contempt for it. This is pretty clearly the latter. This is foolish, nothing else, you can see it on the face of the woman swearing him in "Is this what I have to farking do today? Serve this moron?" I legitimately think this shows contempt for the courts as well, and as such he shouldn't be sworn in.

"Some people will see it as obnoxious or a sign that he's not taking the oath of office seriously,"
Yup, pretty much.

And as for religion without dogma? I find pastafarians dogmatically moronic. Try to have one serious, adult, informed conversation about, say, hinduism, or sikhism with an avowed pastafarian. Try. They are just athiests who instead of being passive or militant or flighty went full retard.
2014-01-07 07:18:13 AM  
3 votes:

phlegmmo: Eddie Adams from Torrance: We should ban politicians who openly belong to made-up religions.

The question is: who decides which religions are made-up?



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2014-01-07 06:48:21 AM  
3 votes:
Ramen.
2014-01-07 12:08:53 AM  
3 votes:
Jesus, just say you're an atheist.  No reason to go full clownshiat
2014-01-07 09:47:01 AM  
2 votes:
Whatever point you are trying to make, if you show up at a public event with a colander on your head, you should be ready for people to respond like you have a colander on your head. If you think someone wearing a colander on his head is clever or profound, likewise be prepared for people to respond to you as someone who finds a colander on one's head clever or profound.
2014-01-07 09:44:38 AM  
2 votes:
All y'all haters can suck it, it was funny.

And for "adult, rational conversation?"  Here's a thinker for ya: how do you know,  know beyond a doubt, that he doesn't truly believe?  What makes his act of faith less believable, less moral, and less legitimate than another's?  If "faith is good because it helps the faithful," why is what he did, which helps him in some way or other, bad?

Even if he's just being sarcastic, isn't that sarcasm legitimate?  Or is it only okay to tell yourself and others that you're more special and blessed if you use a god on the accepted list?
2014-01-07 07:37:35 AM  
2 votes:
So farking stupid.
I bet this guy spends a lot of time writing un-funny reviews on Amazon and thinks he's hilarious.
2014-01-07 07:23:58 AM  
2 votes:
I'm kind of disappointed he wasn't in full pirate regalia. He's a Pastafarian minister, right?
2014-01-07 07:10:50 AM  
2 votes:

nekom: Jesus, just say you're an atheist.  No reason to go full clownshiat


absolutely.

as a metaphor for the idiocy of religion, the FSM is a great resource...... and that's where it should stop

if you wear a colander as a hat for your inauguration as a council member, then you are a member - in every sense of the word
2014-01-07 07:06:56 AM  
2 votes:

Eddie Adams from Torrance: We should ban politicians who openly belong to made-up religions.


They're all made up. Gods are not real.
2014-01-07 06:58:37 AM  
2 votes:

nekom: Jesus, just say you're an atheist.  No reason to go full clownshiat


Right, because no atheist would make an ass of themselves by spouting pseudo-religious dogma. I mean I've been told again and again on here that ALL atheists believe in science and ALL atheists are hardcore rationalists and basically that ALL atheists have exactly the same values as some random white, middle-class North Americans.

/lighten up Francis
2014-01-07 06:55:46 AM  
2 votes:
I know this guy. He's really a great person. He didn't state that he was agnostic, atheist or theist. Only that he opposed the dogma of established religion. Shouldn't we all be? And what's wrong with that? Isn't this why we have separation of church and state?
2014-01-07 06:52:55 AM  
2 votes:

phlegmmo: Eddie Adams from Torrance: We should ban politicians who openly belong to made-up religions.

The question is: who decides which religions are made-up?


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2014-01-07 06:45:03 AM  
2 votes:

Eddie Adams from Torrance: We should ban politicians who openly belong to made-up religions.


So, athiests only?  Or are you really liberal and open to agnostics?

OTOH, that was quite a hipster little display of attention w***ing.
2014-01-07 04:03:34 AM  
2 votes:

phlegmmo: Eddie Adams from Torrance: We should ban politicians who openly belong to made-up religions.

The question is: who decides which religions are made-up?


This. I've been Mormon, Wiccan, Pagan, now atheist UU. If you're gonna go for a made-up religion, at least make it a good one!

/Pastafarian definitely qualifies as a good one
//and nothing feeds the soul, quite like the church of baseball
2014-01-08 09:34:55 AM  
1 votes:
Can people stop pretending that Atheism is an actual thing and not a non-thing? I mean, I'm an atheist and quite a few of you are athists too. But I don't think we have much in common, do we?
I mean, I'm a socialist, cultural imperialist(Norway! YAY!) and academic who loves language, my kids, my work, my wife and playing games (RPG and tabletop) and enjoy a good crime drama (especially about burglary from giant winged lizards) and often overindulge in the use of parenthesis (I know). I think the obsessiveness and hysteria about religious people bog down debates about religion and its validity, the intricateness about religion as a cultural construct rathern than a metaphysical idea. I think there is no absolutes in right or wrong, but that you need to see what your goals (in the widest sense possible) are and act in accordance to them. I think that emotions are good things to have and strive for, but shouldn't be counted for guiding you towards the right action other than in making split second decisions. I'm pro choice.

How much do we really have in common ethically? We don't believe in this one thing? I mean, should I start bonding with other people who think american football is ridiculous? Should I start discussing with other poeple how boring I find watching soccer? Are any of you not particularly fond of having a "rustic" look on things? Think the era of Baroque description should be left dead? Anyone here who also don't prefer the color yellow on t-shirts? Wanna talk about it over coffee?
2014-01-07 07:33:59 PM  
1 votes:

stonelotus: is that why atheist bashing is pretty much limited to the Internet while gay bashing most often takes place outside?


Oh, its not limited to the internet, not at all. Ask anyone who has served in the US Air Force; my father and his friends had to invent an obscure bullshiat protestant sect (it was apparently passed on to others to use for a while) to avoid some ugly scrutiny coming their way.

Atheist bashing has a long, proud and official history in the USA. A large part of the anti-communist fervor whipped up during the 1950s was obtained by underlining how GODLESS communism was. "In God We Trust" started getting printed on the money then as well, as was 'One nation *under God' added to the public school children's 'pledge of alliegence' then as well.

Having said that, Atheists haven't had it as near as bad as a class as LGBT, African Americans, Latinos, Indians, et al. But there is bias, there's a lot of it, and its quite ingrained into the culture and laws.
2014-01-07 11:22:01 AM  
1 votes:

ReverendJimBobHammer: Mentalpatient87: Prank Call of Cthulhu: Mentalpatient87: Yes, that's the joke. We get it already. So glad you could feel clever by repeating the joke yet again...

Maybe you could pray for divine relief from the butthurt you're experiencing?

But I'm an atheist. So who do I pray to? Oh! You thought I was a Christian who feels offended and threatened by your righteous crusade? How sad for you that I'm just a fellow nonbeliever who's sick of watching people show their asses and call it clever.

So... "stop making jokes I don't like"?

Just so I get things straight, and I have already read that you are an atheist, you think the only good atheists are the serious ones who are quiet and non-confrontational about their non-faith, who don't make waves, who don't make fun of any religion, who hide in the shadows?

You sound a lot like the gay guys in the 50s 60s and 70s who were mad at activists who insisted in being gay and flamboyant in the public eye. Saying that they would be left alone if they were only quiet about their gayness.


You are comparing being an atheist in this day and age to being gay in the mid-20th century? You may want to dial back that persecution complex, chief.
2014-01-07 10:31:10 AM  
1 votes:
No dogma?
Yet he wore a colander.
2014-01-07 10:06:57 AM  
1 votes:

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Mentalpatient87: But I'm an atheist. So who do I pray to?

Have you considered praying to be touched by His Noodly Appendage? It probably has divine healing powers.


Gah, stop proselytizing at me! You religious nutters are all the same.
2014-01-07 09:26:05 AM  
1 votes:
Let me guess: This guy still subscribes to MAD magazine and placed his hand on a copy for the swearing in.
2014-01-07 09:21:53 AM  
1 votes:

Woohoo_02: The older I get the more I can't stand this bullshiat. Is that called maturity? There is a difference between disagreeing with religion and showing childish contempt for it. This is pretty clearly the latter. This is foolish, nothing else, you can see it on the face of the woman swearing him in "Is this what I have to farking do today? Serve this moron?" I legitimately think this shows contempt for the courts as well, and as such he shouldn't be sworn in.


A couple of decades ago in the alt.religion.scientology newsgroup, someone put this more eloquently than I could, so enjoy some delicious copypasta with your pastafarianism:

Stephen Jones' "Clown Car of Ridicule"

Ridicule can't be beat when it comes to kicking the bejeezus out of an oppressive, idiotic or just plain thoughtless belief/system, regardless if that belief is political, social, or spiritual. Besides, it can be fun, unless the ridicule is directed towards the spiritual in which case it is taboo and very bad manners so please don't do it. ;)

A walk down the path of history is crunchy with the crispy corpses of those who pooh-poohed or ignored the clown car of ridicule when it pulled-up to the curb. Who would have thought such a tiny car could contain so many infectious and revolutionary guffaws? Satires, parodies, blue humor, pants to the ground ass-wavings, tea-dumping, Modest Proposal submiting, seven dirty word spewing, flag burning, frankly impolite, just plain rude and improper expressions of ridicule have either ignited reform, fanned the flames or kicked the corpse to make sure it was dead.
2014-01-07 09:05:42 AM  
1 votes:
I'm not sure how wearing a kitchen item on your head while getting sworn in is any more ridiculous than the pretend cannibalism ritual Catholics engage in, magic Mormon undies, or just generally believing that an invisible man lives in the sky and grants wishes. It's all kind of silly behavior. The difference is that I don't think anyone's been killed in the name of Pastafarianism.

Advantage: FSM
2014-01-07 08:46:49 AM  
1 votes:

czei: Maybe its time to take the religious symbolism out of government?


Which, coincidentally, is the primary raison-d'être of Pastafarianism. Separation of Church and State through religious satire. It's not the office he's not taking seriously (although city council? How seriously does anybody take that anyway?), it religion. I personally find that _very_ reassuring.
2014-01-07 08:37:43 AM  
1 votes:

Ilmarinen: DubtodaIll: Ilmarinen: In what way is Pastafarianism more weird or disrespectful than, say, Mormonism or Catholicism? Because I seriously don't see it.

Because satire is always more disrespectful than the genuine article.

I'm curious what you mean by "the genuine article". So it includes Mormonism, does it also include Scientology, Wicca, or the Greek gods?

/the last ones still have genuine worshippers today


No, for farks sake... he means it's more disrespectful and stupid to openly pull some dumb shiat for laughs than it is to just be deluded. And this was a grown man doing something he knew was just stupid and absurd to try to make a point. It's the difference between a monkey flinging poo and a sane, lucid adult shiatting in his hand and throwing it. Neither of them should be doing it in polite company, but at least one of them knows better.
2014-01-07 08:28:12 AM  
1 votes:
Someone didn't get enough attention from mommy and daddy as a child, I suspect.
2014-01-07 08:17:20 AM  
1 votes:

DubtodaIll: Ilmarinen: In what way is Pastafarianism more weird or disrespectful than, say, Mormonism or Catholicism? Because I seriously don't see it.

Because satire is always more disrespectful than the genuine article.


Only by those people with whom the satire hit's a nerve, as if their core belief might, just might, be total BS after all.
2014-01-07 08:08:40 AM  
1 votes:

ds615: rebelyell2006: You think worshipping pasta is odd? Look at the Christians. They wear ancient execution devices around their necks to worship an imaginary guy who was executed per Roman law related to brigandage, highway robbery and treason. That shows a distinct lack of maturity and sanity.

Oh look, an uniformed fool.  How delightfully unoriginal.
I bet you think sports aren't scripted, and your video games are good.
You're wrong a lot.


Uniformed? I am not a soldier. Unless you think I am uninformed since I do not blindly accept your religious fairy tales as fact. And crucifixion was the punishment for crimes against the state, such as treason and brigandage.
2014-01-07 07:58:43 AM  
1 votes:

Eddie Adams from Torrance: We should ban politicians who openly belong to made-up religions.


I'm okay with this, since that nukes each and every mega-church preaching the Prosperity Gospel.
2014-01-07 07:04:44 AM  
1 votes:

Voiceofreason01: nekom: Jesus, just say you're an atheist.  No reason to go full clownshiat

Right, because no atheist would make an ass of themselves by spouting pseudo-religious dogma. I mean I've been told again and again on here that ALL atheists believe in science and ALL atheists are hardcore rationalists and basically that ALL atheists have exactly the same values as some random white, middle-class North Americans.


Odd. Whye would you even listen to people like that, let alone cite them as authorities on some school of thought or other?
You must not be terribly bright.
2014-01-07 07:02:52 AM  
1 votes:

nekom: Jesus, just say you're an atheist.  No reason to go full clownshiat


Every man worships his own particular brand of spaghetti, my brother.
They just have different names for them.
God, Allah, Yahweh, Bodistvah, Shiva, Zeus, Odin, Rumpsplitter the Magnificent - it's all just spaghetti.
2014-01-07 06:40:46 AM  
1 votes:
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