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[–] mr_skeltal 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

OK so ELI5 the Pastafarian faith :)

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[–] WholyShit [S] 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

Well, we believe in the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Our "Prophet" created the religion to show the Kansas State School Board that all religions were equally valid and unprovable.

Religion, as a principle of the United States, should be separate from the state.

He deemed it unfair to teach one religion over another, and therefor no religion should be taught in schools.

Pastafarian members join for various reasons . Often times you'll find that Pastafarians will have a secondary belief.

There are "Pastafarian Athiests", "Pastafarian Agnostics", "Pastafarian Humanists" etc.

Pastafarians are varied.

Some join because they are anti-thiests, some join because they wish to battle pro-religion legislation, some join because they value freedom of speech and religion.

It is not simply making fun of other's beliefs.

The thing that ties us together is the belief that religion should not be taught in school.

Pastafarianism has many core values that coincide with more traditional values.

It teaches that you should be honest, and good to your fellow humans.

This is shown in the "Eight I really Rather You Didn'ts".

That's pretty much it... There's more, but you know, ELI5.

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[–] Lurky-McLurksalot 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

Ramen

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[–] ohcanada 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

That explains the question I was going to ask, which was "Why?" Thanks for the great explanation. This is an interesting thread. :)

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[–] Wafflebutt 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

To whom do you minister? Are there actual Pastafarian congregations? Or do you minister to anyone who wants to hear the word of the great Flying Spaghetti Monster?

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[–] WholyShit [S] 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

  1. No one in particular. I offer ministerial advice when I feel it's pertinent, but don't push my ideals on anyone.

  2. Sometimes. I wish it was more common, however it requires a significant amount of capital to start a legitimate church.

  3. I am quite knowledgeable on the word of His Noodliness. When there are questions I do my best to answer.

There are also a couple of other potential benefits.

I can officiate marriages, and, legally, people can invoke their right to privacy with me.

If someone wants to tell me something and be sure that I will not share that information with someone else, they can ask me for "Spiritual Consultation". Legally I'd be bound to the same rules as a lawyer offering legal consultation.

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[–] Wafflebutt 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Good for you for for spreading the word of something you revere.

Your last paragraph is quite interesting. I'm fascinated how pastafarianism has grown over the years and how it uses current legislation so to ensure it is treated like other, more mainstream religions.

Another question...is there a recognised text that you follow?

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[–] ManMonkey 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

it requires a significant amount of capital to start a legitimate church.

Hey now, this is as legitimate a church as any. Who needs buildings anymore?

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[–] guy231 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

How straight do you play it? Do you wink at people or something? Or are you Colbert-committed?

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[–] WholyShit [S] 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

I'm not sure what you mean. I'm a pastafarian minister. I follow the word of the FSM, and appreciate his noodliness. Nothing more, nothing less.

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[–] Econael 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Is the FSM al dente?

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[–] WholyShit [S] 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago  (edited ago)

The FSM is as firm as steel when needed, and as soft as as a down pillow, when needed.

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[–] matt 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Are the Orthodox Meatball congregations really considering splintering off and forming their own church? Please tell me that those were just click bait headlines.

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[–] WholyShit [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

They might be. Word hasn't reached me.

As far as I'm concerned they can do as they wish.

The FSM will not steer them wrong, and if they stay true to the Eight I Really Rather You Didn'ts then they'll be fine as far as I'm concerned.

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[–] kaltor 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Hopefully you're still here...

What religion were you before joining Pastafarianism? Why did you join?

What is your favorite part of the religion?

What do you think is worst or most stupid part of the religion?

Have you met any bad pastafarians? If so, what were they like?

If you had to compare Pastafarianism to other religions, what religion is it most similar to and why?

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[–] WholyShit [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I was agnostic. Or, more accurately a gnostic atheist.

I joined because I was swayed by the words of the founder, Bobby Henderson.

I enjoy the diversity of followers. Pastafarianism has reached a diverse group of people, who have diverse beliefs. Unique people interpreting it in various manners, all united by core values.

When people attempt to use it to justify belittling the beliefs of others bothers me. That's not the point.

I have not met any "bad" Pastafarians, but because of the diversity I'm sure they may exist. As a minister, I would try and discover why they are "bad", and steer them towards the path of true noodle.

I really couldn't compare it to another religion. I'm sure it is not entirely unique, but it's the only one of its kind that I have any level of personal experience with.

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[–] pwn 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Do you actually believe in the FSM?

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[–] WholyShit [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Do you actually believe in love?

Sometimes the I belief of an idea of something existing can have as much effect as the idea itself.

There are many who may follow Christian values, who may not be thiests.

But to the point, yeah. Why wouldn't I?

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[–] LowIntensityPizza ago 

How can I become more knowledgeable in the faith? Is there a book?

How does one become a minister as you are?

I've been following FSM loosely for a long time, but with new information like someone in your shoes doing such great things, I want to know more and help as much as I can.

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