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Pastafarians Urge Inclusion in Pennsylvania Courthouse Holiday Display

November 29, 2012 by Brett Wilkins in Civil Liberties, Religion with 1 Comment

Pastafarians urged leaders in Chester County, Pennsylvania on Wednesday to include their deity, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, in a holiday display at the county courthouse.

Evangelical Pastafarian Pastor Tracy McPherson addressed county commissioners over her religion’s lack of representation in the courthouse holiday display, which features Christian and Jewish symbols.

“Good morning commissioners, it is my honor to address you today,” McPherson politely began. “Last December as I drove through West Chester, I was pleased to see holiday displays in front of the courthouse. Prominently displayed were the Jewish menorah and the Christian nativity scene depicting the birth of Christ. The symbols represent the meaning of the holiday season for two religious communities in our area. I could not help but feel the display was incomplete, as there was no acknowledgement of my religion present.”

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster was founded in 2005 as Bobby Henderson wrote a letter to the Kansas School Board decrying its decision to allow the teaching of ‘intelligent design’ theory alongside the scientifically accepted theory of evolution.

While Pastafarianism is generally believed to be a satirical ‘religion’ or, at best, only semi-serious, McPherson insisted that her devotion to the faith is real.

“As a Pastafarian, I believe that the Flying Spaghetti Monster created the world and all that is in it,” she told the county commissioners. “He holds us all to the ground with his noodly appendages and that explains why we do not float away.”

It is doubtful whether the commissioners, who reacted to McPherson’s speech with considerable interest, will heed her call for inclusion of Pastafarian symbolism in the courthouse display. But Pastafarians have won some battles in recent years, most notably in Austria, where adherent Niko Alm won the right to wear a colander atop his head in his driver’s license photo.

McPherson claimed that there are “millions” of Pastafarians.

Touched by His Noodly Appendage… (Art by Niklas Jansson)

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One Comment

  1. jim happenstanceNovember 29, 2012 at 10:23 amReply

    All or nothing, it’s only fair.

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