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

Just Posted

Stolen carousel horse found in ditch, returned to Parksville resort owner

Christmas decoration was stolen from Sunrise Ridge Resort on Nov. 28

SOS: Coming together to make Christmas brighter

Group hopes to reach monetary goal of $110,000

Parksville thieves make off with machetes inside stolen cube van

Crime report: Vandals in Qualicum Beach spread feces all over business bathroom

Crook makes off with cigarettes from Quality Foods in Nanoose Bay

Suspect broke into grocery store early Saturday morning

VIDEO: Ex-NASA engineer pranks mail thieves with glitter bomb trap

Package thefts are common this time of year, but YouTuber Mark Rober used his engineering skills

Lightning top Canucks 5-2 in feisty battle

NHL’s No. 1 team too much for Vancouver

Bear cubs try to take Vancouver Island woman’s Christmas cookies

Incident happened in the early-morning hours today, Dec. 18, in Nanaimo

FortisBC says you can return to normal gas use following pipeline fire

Utility says increased pipeline capacity, warmer weather have allowed supply to reach normal levels

CSIS collected info on peaceful groups, but only in pursuit of threats: watchdog

Security Intelligence Review Committee says fears unjustified after reviewing evidence, testimony

Canada ranks 16th on annual gender gap list

This is the second year Canada has placed 16th in the World Economic Forum’s list

VIDEO: Tornado rips through city west of Seattle

Reports indicate five to seven homes damaged in Port Orchard, Wash.

Trial date postponed for man charged with killing Abbotsford police officer

Oscar Arfmann’s trial pushed back from January to May 2019

Privacy watchdog says legal cannabis buyers should use cash, not credit

Some countries could bar entry to individuals if they know they have purchased cannabis

Most Read