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Vaccine exemption letters

Published September 14th, 2021 by Bobby Henderson

Many people have asked what is the Church’s stance on vaccinations and vaccination mandates.

Many have asked if we provide exemption letters.

I find it weird that religious exemptions are an accepted thing in general, seems like it would be best to leave public health policy to the most knowledgable, not religious leadership. But if Churches must take a position on the issue …

I am happy to announce that we are offering Official letters for those Pastafarians who would like to be exempt from working in proximity to the unvaxxed.

The unvaccinated may emit harmful virus particles which are forbidden to devout Pastafarians, therefore we expect all reasonable measures to be taken to help us avoid these virus particles. Please respect our religious liberty.

Create your letter here with this form I made. Enter your information to get an Official letter (PDF).

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Church of FSM denied legal recognition in Australia once again

Published June 19th, 2021 by Bobby Henderson

Some sad news from our Pastafarian friends down under –

The CoFSM Australia has been denied again in its goal for formal recognition by the state. (The legal designation they’re aiming for is the same idea as a religious non-profit organization in the US.)

The original application had been denied some time ago and then appealed to an administrative tribunal, where CoFSM Australia leader Tanya Watkins argued the merits of the Church. I am certain Tanya did an amazing job, but unfortunately the tribunal ruled against us. Among other things, they found that our writings are offensive, and that the purpose of the writings are to mock other religions. The tribunal lady does not think we are funny, and religion is serious business and not to be made fun of, is how I read her statement.

In the ruling, Ms McEvoy noted that while various “Pastafarian texts” are set out in traditional religious forms, they “contain some surprising articulations”, such as references to the books of the Bible as the “Old Testicle” and “New Testicle”

I do not accept the applicant’s explanation of the use of these expressions (and numerous other similar expressions, many expressed in racist and sexist terms, referencing texts or practices of other religions) as examples of humour, and for the purpose of generating curiosity.”

Ms McEvoy said she was satisfied that the “Pastafarian texts present a hoax religion”.

It is my view that the Pastafarian texts can only be read as parody or satire, namely, an imitation of work made for comic effect. In my view, its purpose is to satirise or mock established religions, and it does so without discrimination,” she wrote.

excerpt from abc.net.au news article

It is disappointing, but not surprising. These fights are happening all over the world and it’s obvious where there is some co-mingling of State and Religion even in places that proclaim to have seperation.

The tele-evangelists with their private jets who are conning the poor with prosperity gospel, those are legitimate organizations? OK. It’s hard to respect the opinion of state authorities who have for years failed to protect the public from abuses of the religious organizations they’ve deemed legitimate.

The truth is that every time an “official” ruling is made against our Church it illustrates how absurd the whole idea is of the state defining what is a legitimate religious organization. Every ruling against the Church of FSM shines light on the biases and the record of the authorities who are making these rulings.

But it will be fine. The Church will continue to grow without formal recognition.

We all owe a big thanks to Tanya Watkins who has been leading these battles in Australia for years. She is incredibly organized and I do not know where she gets the energy to do all that she does. Everyone should read the article on abc.net.au about this latest battle with the tribunal – Tanya has some good quotes in there, and also there’s a very fetching photo, below. Thank you Tanya.

Here’s the ABC article: read here

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If your Ordination never arrived

Published May 4th, 2021 by Bobby Henderson

If your Ordination never arrived in the mail, please let me know, I will send another set. Delivery times are *usually* 1-2 weeks in the US and 3-4 weeks for the rest of the world, but it varies.

This one came back in the mail after 8 months
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Map Nearby FSM People

Published April 13th, 2021 by Bobby Henderson

There’s a few new things on the Registry page for the Ordinated people.

First, scan the QR code on your card to go to your Registry page.

You can download PDFs of your credentials etc.

Newest feature is a map of the Pastafarians near your location.

I’m working on way for you to contact these people (but in a way that everyone’s info is kept private.) For now if you want to get a hold of nearby people for a meetup or something just let me know.

If you have the new style Ordination cards try it out and let me know what you think.

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Check out this artwork

Published April 3rd, 2021 by Bobby Henderson

I was blown away by this pop-out card on twitter. Amazing right?

I’ve contacted Penkin in the hopes that he can create some artwork for us. We’ve got a lot of ideas for projects.

Please check out his portfolio: here

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Join us on Discord

Published March 15th, 2021 by Bobby Henderson

Hey everyone, we set up a Discord server, please join us.

https://discord.gg/7rndRTETHt

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Mikhail is in prison

Published February 9th, 2021 by Bobby Henderson

Bad news — our friend Mikhail Iosilevich has been arrested and has been taken to prison.

Mikhail founded the first Church of FSM in Russia. The group he organized is very active, and by all measures a positive influence in the community. I remember many times seeing photos of their activities and being impressed with what he had put together.

You may remember Mikhail had been under investigation by the Russian government for some time. After Mikhail hosted a training session for election observers in October 2020, his apartment was raided and his devices confiscated. He was charged with ties to the banned political group Open Russia (something Mikhail denies). The criminal case has been moving along since that time.

Police opening the apartment by force

Mikhail is now in prison on political charges.

I don’t know what we can do, but for a start we’re asking people to help spread the word. The more attention we can bring to the case, the better his chances for justice.

Below are some news articles about the case. Some are in Russian but can be translated through the browser.

Please let me know if you can offer any help or suggestions and I will pass them on to Mikhail’s team.

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/russias-flying-spaghetti-monster-chief-22837053

https://www.kommersant.ru/doc/4671899

Here are some google news listings for this topic:

https://bit.ly/3tLTX59

Photos of Mikhail:

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