Meaballs through the looking glass
Is the Pastafarian movement morphing into a "real" religion?
A few friends started the local "chapter" of the FSM church where I live. In the beginning it was great fun. Their main objective, as mockers of established religions and absurd laws was to challenge a local law that make the Government help funding the Catholic church. If successful their idea was to get part of the Church budget for themselves and use it to give free beer in the streets. Awesome stuff.
Weird thing, a couple of them withdrew from the movement because there was a faction that was taking thing way too seriously. Their gatherings morphed from informal parties with friends, beer and pasta to something more serious, with rites and activities that *had to* be followed.
The mockery of religion is all well and good, but... is it worth the effort some people seems to be putting into it? I don't think it is really necessary the FSM church can perform marriages.
I wonder if it is getting out of hand, maybe in a few decades will be a "real" FSM church with actual believers and dogmas... if enough delusional people gather together around what in principle was a neat idea, and form a critical mass of... self righteousness, so to speak. That would be a defeat for mankind as a whole.
Hey, don't look at me like that! it happened with a sub-par science fiction book, not 70 years ago! And only G-d knows what happened in the Middle East some 2000 years ago.