Over the past year, Atheist Analysis has had the pleasure of getting to know a fine young gentleman named Joey Kirkman. His book Bedtime Bible Stories was a great inspiration for our organization as we looked for tools to provide those in the atheist movement resources to help combat religion. Joey, who has in recent years identified as an anti-theist, and even skeptic, has taken on another label in hopes of trying on a new religion. He has recently converted to and become a Pastafarian. That is right you heard it here, Joey Lee Kirkman has given up being an anti theist and joined the ranks of Pastafarians everywhere.
Many of you may wonder, what is a Pastafarian and what church do they belong to? According to Joey, Pastafarians are associated with The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Many of you have probably heard the phrase “rAmen” or “praise his noodly appendage” before, but now they are associated with this new religion. The website claims they have been officially around since 2005, but have existed for many years out of sight. On first look, we see that they claim to be a legitimate religion and that they feel they deserve the same respect that Christianity does. They have a sacred text, a “god”, and a belief system structured around what they feel was given to them from the prophet Bobby Henderson. The one thing that struck me as odd is their only tenant that they require for everyone to follow.
“By design, the only dogma allowed in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is the rejection of dogma. That is, there are no strict rules and regulations, there are no rote rituals and prayers and other nonsense. Every member has a say in what this church is and what it becomes.”
They then go on to provide a few general comments about their beliefs.
- We believe pirates, the original Pastafarians, were peaceful explorers and it was due to Christian misinformation that they have an image of outcast criminals today
- We are fond of beer
- Every Friday is a Religious Holiday
- We do not take ourselves too seriously
- We embrace contradictions (though in that we are hardly unique)
This newer religion seems to be the only religion that does not require its members to adhere specifically to any tenants. This provides a wide possibility for denominations. This leads us to why we decided to write this article. Like I said earlier, we have heard of Pastafarians before, but now that a close friend to our organization has come out as one, we thought it would be beneficial to release a statement encapsulating his new found religion and what it was about.
Joey Lee Kirkman has joined a newly formed denomination of The Church of the Flying Spaghetti monster called “The P.a.s.t.a. Foundation”. This newly formed denomination has also recently named Joey as the Board Treasurer. He has recently decided to take after Ryan Bell and find try oon something new for a year. Given Joey’s success record for his book and his tax firm, this position should be a great fit for him.
“The world is hungry for answers. We do not have them. What we have instead are steaming bowls of awesome sauce… And noodles (plenty of delicious, delicious noodles). And don’t forget the beer, the delicious, delicious beer.
We are People for the Advancement of Spaghetti Tolerance and Appreciation. Our mission at the P.A.S.T.A Foundation is to advocate for worldwide understanding and acceptance of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (all praise be upon Him).
We join our voices with the chorus of other world religions demanding equality and the freedom to practice our faith and traditions (most of which involve pirates, beer, midgets, strippers, midget strippers and delicious, delicious noodles). Together we will carry the sacred word of His Noodliness out into the world.
We are your neighbors, we are your friends, we are Pastafarians.”
Now does that not just sound delightful? What could be better then spaghetti and beer? Damn, I am getting hungry and thirsty just writing this. But as any growing organization that wishes to make change, they are offering membership for those willing to take the plunge and become Pastafarians. Their goal is to reach 500 members by February 13th of this year. That is less then 45 days to go sign up. Their membership yearly fee is only $20 and will include several perks. Here are those perks.
- Official Membership Card
- P.A.S.T.A. Foundation Sticker
- Opportunities to participate in organized pastalytizing events
- Percentage off on all purchases of P.A.S.T.A. Foundation merchandise
- Discounted tickets to Apostacon– the sauciest Free-Thought conference in the noodle-verse!
- Exclusive deals from participating sponsor organizations
- Subscription to our newsletter
- Contribution to Kiva Lending Team FSM monthly initiative “Good Pastafarian Friday”
- Additionally, the first 500 people who sign up for membership prior to 2/13 2015 will receive a package of ramen possibly containing a Golden Ticket (think Willy Wonka) redeemable for this amazing Flying Spaghetti Monster stained glass. Other packages will contain either a Silver or Bronze ticket redeemable for the awesome thank-you gifts
Now I know what you are thinking, why not go sign up right now? But there will always be those that are hesitant to do such. So to help we have included a link to their awesome video that will help you better understand what they are all about.
In all seriousness, though if you enjoyed what Joey has done with Bedtime Bible Stories, and how he has spent countless hours and money supporting those in the free thought community, please go join this wonderful new religion. In one of Joey’s most recent blogs, Joey had this to say, and I feel that it encompasses everything that the P.a.s.t.a. Foundation is trying to accomplish.
“There is no real atheist movement in this country. There is a secular movement. Our goal is not to convert people from Christianity or Islam to Atheism. Our goal is to have a secular government so everyone can coexist peacefully. The separation of church and state protects religious freedoms and the freedom from religion. Until the church stops bullying secular Americans, Americans with different faiths, and minorities with their constant bombardment of religious laws, we can’t, and won’t be quiet.”
The P.a.s.t.a. Foundation just wants to have religious freedom like it is granted to them in the constitution and they want to help protect it for everyone else as well. So why not join Joey on his journey this year as he tries on the Pastafarian religion and support a great cause that works toward separation of church and state and equality for everyone.
You can find out more about Joey and his new found religion this Wednesday on Atheist Analysis. Joey will provide an interview about why he has become a Pastafarian and what the P.a.s.t.a. Foundation is all about. Check out http://atheistanalysis.com/current-event on January 7th at 10 pm est as we talk with Joey or watch it on here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6PA-QHJ86ol after it has aired. Stay tuned afterwards as we interview a Christian who has held on to his faith but left behind legalistic aspect of his beliefs.
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