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A student has been suspended from school in America for coming to class dressed as a pirate.

But the disciplinary action has provoked controversy – because the student says that the ban violates his rights, as the pirate costume is part of his religion.

Bryan Killian says that he follows the Pastafarian religion, and that as a crucial part of his faith, he must wear 'full pirate regalia' as prescribed in the holy texts of Pastafarianism.

The school, however, say that his pirate garb was disruptive.

Pastafarians follow the Flying Spaghetti Monster (pictured), and believe that the world was created by the touch of his noodly appendage. Furthermore, they acknowledge pirates as being 'absolute divine beings', and stress that the worldwide decline in the number of pirates has directly led to global warming.

Pastafarianism gained wide attention when its key prophet, Bobby Henderson, wrote to the Kansas School Board during the height of the controversy over 'Intelligent Design' being taught in science classes. His letter, also published on his website, demanded equal time be given to the teachings of the Flying Spaghetti Monster as was given to ID and evolutionary theory.

Since then, the Flying Spaghetti Monster has gained countless followers worldwide, although there are those who remain spagnostic.

The school, in North Buncombe, North Carolina, remains adamant that their decision to suspend Killian for a day has nothing to do with his religion, and quite a lot to do with his repeated refusal to heed warnings against wearing pirate outfits.


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Looooove this ! I'm not an atheist, or anything of the sort, but i honestly believe this shows exactly how religions can be started. i find christianity, islam, judaism, even buddhism, no less ridiculous. all religions worship something, and pastafarianism is absolutely no different. right on.
"Even Buddhism". It makes alot more sense then any of the other crap you've listed.
"[. . .]any of the other crap you've listed."

Surely that is a matter of opinion regarding which religion makes the most sense to any individual. Since there exists evidence to contradict claims made by every religion, it must be said that religion -as a whole- only makes sense when viewed in the light of history and psychology. Early humans needed explanations for natural phenomena and came up with the best they could at the time: "Magical beings we cannot see must be responsible."
As we have learned more about the nature of the universe around us, the explanatory nature of religion has become outdated and unnecessary.
Religion has also historically existed as a form of control. It can be proven that humans (and indeed apes and other hominids) have a sense of morality that exists without being taught any kinds of ethics or religious moralities. ( (

The flying spaghetti monster is a wonderful example of whimsy and satire. Quite frankly it is no more or less patently ridiculous than any religion.

That last is opinion, but it is strongly supported. I advise the reading both Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris for background reading.
As the Archbishop of the Second Reformed Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, Mobile, Alabama Synod, I am very disturbed about this outrageous slander of our faith by the school board. I will offer an additional serving of Marinara as a sacrifice to his Noodlyness this evening. Can I get a rAMEN?
This is the furthermost example of non-tolerance and a keen controll system in society and, sadly, since our very first years of life, at school. I ask everyone, What harm does the kid to anyone. The answer is obviously non, except for those christian opressors, who play the role of nice-smiles, but deep inside are meticulous, dirty-playing opressors, who love their job positions, salary and benefits. I ask myself, Who mught it disrup a pirate dressed kid who sustains or doesnt a belief system of his own. Nobody, but the system prefers docile, repugnant silent beigs, conformists and sheep. I ask myself, wether or not someday we will really stop using stupid useless ties in behalf of our oun comfort at work, and stop going to church to watch out for guys or girls with utmost hipocresy, synism, and power freek attitudes. I expected more from the educational system of socrates, plato or aristoteles. But I guess fanatic power thyrsty people allways mess, or try to mess with the good stuff.
I am all for equality but can we stop arguing. let people believe what they want. Don't teach it in schools, but let people believe in God or Buddha or Allah. As long as they don't infringe on my rights then they can have orgies to Baal, I don't care. I just think this spaghetti monster thing is just mean spirited. it is making fun of faith not making an argument for education. The argument for or against god is not the issue. The issue is, should the schools teach fact or superstitions. I believe the true argument to be one of logic and not of faith. We go to school to learn how to think. We are taught facts and we, as humans, use these facts to create solutions to the problems of every day existence. Faith, on the other hand, only answers one question; what does existence mean? this question requires faith because it is a question that doesn't have a quantifiable solution. we have to fill in with faith what we don't have in fact. Any answer to this question of "what does it all mean?" would only be a guess. so if faith bridges the gap from reality to a guess then I would say keep it to yourself or others of your like mind but, keep it separate from empirical fact. if you wish your children to learn that Jesus walked with dinosaurs then you can teach it to your own children or send them to a private school. I wish my children an education of empirical truth by which they will be able to make up there own minds about what it all means.
rAMEN!! :D
Daniel, I understand that you were too much of an anarchist to bother studying spelling when you went to school...but at least learn to use spell-check on your computer before you dare to criticize teachers or school officials.
The problem, Patrick, is that the True Believers think creationism IS fact because the Bible is considered, by Christians, to be the inspired Word of God. Fundamentalists understand the Bible, usually the 500 year old King James English translation, literally. (Most Christians and all Jews [to whom the creation stories actually belong, so they ought to be most authoritative] understand the Bible as a collection of middle-eastern literature, including myth, folk stories, rules, history and philosophy.) The Fundies, as we know them today, have only been around since the late 1800s. The are really repulsed by the thought that humans might be related, no matter how distantly, to apes. These people, who were quite rural, simple and backward when the movement began, are today usually just minimally educated, so they confuse the word "theory" as used informally with the scientific definition of the word. That causes them to believe that evolution is merely a suggested scenario for the origin of species. None of the name brand Christian churches, who have actual theologians, believe this nonsense.
Barbara Lee, debates are ruined by people such as yourself, someone who cannot attack the subject with a degree of intelligence so they decide to attack the person.
but then again i should have scrolled down a bit, my appologies
Barbara, english is my second language, I'm sorry for the miss-spells, you're right on that one, of course, grammar, is, indeed, a science. I got to thank stephen for his defense on me where I was the person attacked, instead of the subject. Barbara, there are thousands of religions in the world. You may have Christianism as a majority in your homeland, and teach whatever you want to children, of course, if you're a majority, but, you live in a democratic country, not an authoritarian one, and you have to respect therefore the minorities, if not, you're not in a democracy. So then, you're saying all other belief systems are untrue, for instance, hawaian legends of creation?, or even Islam, to which there are a lot of believers inside the United States? or even Hinduism, regarded as much more antique than chiristianity. Barbara, let me tell you something about the bible. The bible is a collection of books, included genesis, which was writen after the stories heard by oral tradition. Even the flood subject you will find ind other sources, different from the bible, to be more clear, Babilonian, exactly, the empire that conquered Israel. You see, you live in a country with Greek values, such as democracy, dialogue and debate, but many people take a book, and make of it a reason to punish, depredate and controll. Even the new testament is a collage, made by a Roman Emperor. Still Luther thought he was doing right, to call the ultimate truth, a book that had been in too many habns to be called even pure, not to say "the word of God". I respect the bible, I myself enjoy of its teachings of peace (of course no in every book of it) but let me tell you, that tolerance, is far more nurishing than blind fanatism.



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