Pastafarians: It’s Not Clever Anymore

The Office of the Registrar-General of New Zealand released a statement in the Gazette today, explaining that they’ve approved the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster as an organization that can perform marriages.

If you’re not savvy about the Pastafarians, first of all, good for you and maybe stop reading. Second, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster was invented on the Internet in 2005 as an answer to organized religions that the people who now call themselves Pastafarians see as arbitrary (and specifically in opposition to the teaching of intelligent design in public schools). In other words, the point was to prove that organized religion was arbitrary by creating an arbitrary organized religion. Get it?!

I’ve tried to be jovial about the whole Spaghetti Monster thing, because har har, but the organization’s self-satisfaction (read their About page for an example) is becoming grating in precisely the way that every other organized religion is grating when their adherents are self-satisfied. The intended irony of a meta-church is folding in on itself as people actually start to take the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster seriously; but the additional irony is that because the CFSM is intentionally setting itself up to receive the rights that are afforded to organized religions by maybe not parodying those religions but parroting them, they have to be taken seriously – by governments, at least. It’s as if the CFSM was created to self-immolate, though, because its adherents take it seriously, too, and all of a sudden they’re (hypocritically?) pointing out what they see as the bullshit of organized religion via a bullshit yet somehow also legitimized organized religion.

Forgive me if I don’t care to laugh this time, though. Muslims in America are being targeted not only by hateful bigots; they’re being targeted by hateful bigots who are running for the highest seat in our government. The CFSM is based on an ironic belief in a god whereas other organized religions are based on an earnest belief in a god, and I can’t bring myself to point and laugh at earnest people, especially not my friends or family or neighbors or countrymen, and especially not when their right to a presence in the U.S. is being called into question. There are bigger noodles to fry.

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