Pastafarians and Spaghetti Monsters

We think it only right to devote a few lines to a relatively new religion, that of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

We couldn’t agree more with Michael Scott’s letter to editor (The NEWS, Aug. 27). He opines that it is wrong to allow letters to the editor to be used as a religious pulpit.  But, since that seems to be the case in The NEWS, he states all religions ought to be able to claim equal space.

So, in that spirit, we think it would be only right  to devote a  few lines to a relatively new but internationally-recognized religion, that of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Established back in 2005 in Kansas, the congregants, known as Pastafarians, believe the FSM to be the one true god who created the earth and all the universe approximately 4,000 years ago while he was drunk. Although Pastafarianism is as legitimate as any other religion, in 2014, Obi Canuel, an ordained Pastafarian minister in Coquitlam, paid the supreme sacrifice for his beliefs when he stood up to the authorities (ICBC) and refused to remove his religious headgear, a stainless steel spaghetti strainer, for his driver’s licence photo. He now rides a bicycle.

As in most religions, true belief is not a requirement. Should anyone care to join the church, check out their website.

Fern and Laurence WaymanQualicum Beach

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