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[ Pastafarians wearing official religious headwear in parade, via reddit]

We’re looking for legal help in the Quebec area. I received this message from a longtime member and minister in Quebec:

I am a secondary school teacher living in Quebec, Canada. I am a Pastafarian. On March 28th, 2019 a bill was passed (bill 21) by the very racist and xenophobic provincial government presently in power. The bill prohibits people from wearing religious symbols in the workplace. It specifically applies to government workers, teachers, people in positions of authority or influence, etc.

While, on the surface, this may seem to be a secular move (something in line with Pastafarianism), the reality is that this bill disproprortionately affects religious minorities (muslims, jews) and also disproprotionately affects women. It also puts power in the hands of people who may have specific biases or agendas.

He started wearing a Colander at work around the time the bill was passed. His employer is attempting to force him to remove it under threat of disciplinary action. He has been issued a directive to remove the religious headwear and a threat of suspension or further escalation if he does not comply.

We are looking for help. Is there someone in the Quebec area that would be willing to provide legal advice and assistance? Please get in contact with me and I will forward the information. Thanks very much.

Update 2/25 — Wow this one is more controversial than I realized. More than a few “how dare you” type messages :) … I don’t know that much about this bill. I understand some view the bill as a step forward towards secularization of government, albeit imperfect. Others see it is as legislated racism.

I personally don’t have an issue with people wearing religious symbols/headwear in work, I suspect most Pastafarians don’t either. What we worry about is a religious person using a place of authority to push their beliefs on others, but it’s two separate things.

What do you guys think?

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Window Decals

Published December 28th, 2019 by Bobby Henderson

We just got in a bunch of these FSM vinyl car window decals. If you want one you can give me your address here. I only ask that you share the Pastafarian faith with people who inquire about “what is that sticker on your window?” They’re about 4″ across and can be stuck inside or outside the window.

Update 1/8 — stickers are almost gone so let me know soon if you want a few. Lots of people are asking to donate for shipping cost … thank you but not worried about it on these. Next batch maybe we’ll do a collection pot for the postage fund but definitely don’t want to sell these.

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Gary Smith, fighting for Pastafarian rights.

Published December 27th, 2019 by Bobby Henderson
Gary Smith, fighting for equal rights. Photo Vancouver Sun.

The Vancouver Sun has a nice article about Pastafarian Gary Smith’s fight to have his driver’s license photo taken while wearing a Colander. He also dresses in Pirate Regalia for formal occasions, as do many serious Pastafarians.

His headgear, a colander, is part of his religion: Smith is a Pastafarian, a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

ICBC has informed him it doesn’t qualify as religious headgear, have refused to accept a photo of him wearing it for his licence, and Smith has now filed a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal.

“My religious head covering is an expression of my beliefs,” he said. “I am being denied the right to express myself in a manner afforded to members of other beliefs and other faiths . There is no test of faith that any government agency, including ICBC, can apply to judge whether or not a person earnestly believes what they profess when they ask to be photographed with a religious head covering.”

Canada is, surprisingly, not always tolerant of Pastafarian rights. British Columbia, especially. Besides not allowing us to wear religious headgear in government photos, they sometimes make it difficult for our Ministers to register as wedding officiants.

Vancouver is such a multi-cultural place, I find it difficult to understand the intolerance to religions outside of the mainstream. I’d love to hear if other “fringe” religious groups run into these problems with the BC government.

Big thanks to Mr. Smith for pushing back against religious intolerance. My feeling is that, even when we lose these fights from time to time, it helps in the long run to point out the inequality.

You can read the article here.

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Clergy Parking

Published December 21st, 2019 by Bobby Henderson

Submitted by Ordained FSM Minister Matthew K.

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Is the Chinese government tracking Pastafarian students?

Published December 11th, 2019 by Bobby Henderson

We heard a rumor that the Chinese Communist Party asked schools to report Pastafarian students. That’s very disturbing if true … If anyone has more information about this could you let us now? Thank you

Here’s what was reported in detail … looking for more info

Update —

It sounds like it may have been a misunderstanding. We’re hearing that schools are aware of the Pastafarian students but the students don’t feel too alarmed. Let’s hope it stays that way. Thanks for all of the messages.

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Austin-area Pastafarians needed for Russian travel show

Published October 9th, 2019 by Bobby Henderson

I received a message from a Russian travel show asking for local Pastafarians to take part in an episode on their upcoming visit to Austin: October 17, 18, 19.

I imagine they’re hoping to find a Pastafarian or two who will dress in pirate regalia and act very serious about our religion.   Here’s a bit about the show:

I represent the biggest Russian, Ukrainian and CIS and one of the most successful and popular travel show in the world “Heads and Tails”. The show is about two ways of enjoying the weekend in the city – luxury and backpacking. Our hosts flip a coin in each city they visit. One gets to spend two days with only $100, another – with “unlimited” budget.

Please let me know if you want to be part of this.  There’s not a lot of time so please get back to me ASAP if you’re interested.  This could be a great opportunity to evangelize.

New Symbols

Published October 1st, 2019 by Bobby Henderson

I reached out to some of our artist friends and asked them to refresh our Pastafarian symbols.

What do you guys think of these concepts?

Our friend Niklas Jansson made these:

Bomba made these:

Which symbols in particular could you see surviving for hundreds of years?

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Alaska Assembly Meeting Invocation Stuns Crowd

Published September 19th, 2019 by Bobby Henderson


September 18, Anchorage Daily News

“I’m called to invoke the power of the true inebriated creator of the universe, the drunken tolerator of the all lesser and more recent gods, and maintainer of gravity here on earth. May the great Flying Spaghetti Monster rouse himself from his stupor and let his noodly appendages ground each assembly member in their seats.” — Fletcher

Concerned citizen Barrett Fletcher gave an invocation before the Borough Assembly meeting at Kenai Peninsula, representing the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. The Anchorage Daily News suggests the invocation was so powerful that onlookers were stunned into a stupor, unable to stand:

“The only people who stood for the invocation were those without seats in the standing-room-only assembly hall in Homer, which is about 125 miles south of Anchorage. One man turned his back to face the wall during the invocation, and other men did not remove their hats.”

You can read more about it here at the Achorage Daily News. There’s a video also.

Big thanks to Mr. Fletcher for representing the Pastafarians in their turn giving the before-meeting invocation. It is unclear why the Assembly members felt the need to invite religion into government affairs, but we appreciate the opportunity to share our faith with the unenlightened.

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I, Pastafari Screenings coming in October

Published September 19th, 2019 by Bobby Henderson


There’s screenings of the Flying Spaghetti Monster documentary I, Pastafari coming up soon in a few areas. I’m hoping lots of us can come and give support to the project and to the documentarian Mike Arthur – he put in a tremendous amount of work and the film came out great.

Everyone is welcome. Dressing in Full Pirate Regalia and/or Colanders is not required (but as always is encouraged).

The screening details:

NASHVILLE, TN — OCT 5 and 6

WORLD PREMIER @ NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL (2 screenings)
2:00pm Saturday October 5th, 2019
10:00am Sunday October 6th, 2019
Regal Hollywood Theaters: 719 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN

You can get Tickets here.

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CLEVELAND, OH — OCT 6

MIDWEST PREMIER @ CHAGRIN FALLS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
11:00am Sunday October 6th, 2019
Chagrin Falls Township Hall: 21 W Washington St, Chagrin Falls, OH

You can get Tickets here.

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Bend, Oregon – October 11 and 12

WEST COAST PREMIER @ BEND FILM FESTIVAL (2 screenings)
8:30pm Friday October 11th, 2019 @ Mcmenamins
10:00am Saturday October 12th, 2019 @ Regal Old Mill

You can get Tickets here.

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The Guardian just did a story on the documentary and gave it good reviews, you can read about it here.

Please help us spread the word about the screening, and thanks in advance if you’re able to come. Please let me know if you have questions or anything.

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Greetings from the Trinidad and Tobago Church of the FSM

Published August 15th, 2019 by Bobby Henderson

I was pleased to receive this postcard from the Trinidad and Tobago Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Wonderful.

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