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A New Zealand couple had the honour of celebrating the world's first Pastafarian wedding on Saturday, when Ministeroni Karen Martyn joined Marianna Fenn and Toby Ricketts in noodly wedlock. The historic ceremony took place aboard a vessel in Akaroa harbor, where Fenn and Ricketts - dressed as pirates - exchanged pasta rings, …

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  1. J. R. Hartley Silver badge

    Pastafarian literature

    Can anyone recommend anything?

    1. LDS Silver badge
      Joke

      Re: Pastafarian literature

      A Barilla box?

    2. Rich 11 Silver badge

      Re: Pastafarian literature

      Yes.

    3. Ralph B

      Re: Pastafarian literature

      I believe The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster would be the canonical text.

      1. Maty

        Re: Pastafarian literature

        It is called 'The loose canon' I believe...

        http://www.loose-canon.info/page23.htm

        It starts with the book of ProvHerbs.

      2. Chemical Bob
        Coat

        Re: the Canonical text

        That would be the Ubuntu user manual...

        Mine's the one with garlic butter in the pockets.

    4. chivo243 Silver badge

      Re: Pastafarian literature

      @J. R. Hartley

      There is a Prince who knows about spaghetti, but he's not available on Wednesdays....

    5. John Bailey

      Re: Pastafarian literature

      "Can anyone recommend anything?"

      http://www.amazon.co.uk/Good-Food-Triple-tested-Tried---tested/dp/0563522208/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1460985004&sr=8-3&keywords=pasta+recipes

  2. Frank Bitterlich

    Religious items?

    That guy was probably looking for an excuse to order a lasagna every week...

  3. Chris Evans

    Each to their own!

    and something to tell the grandchildren but I do wonder if any Pastafarians don't have their tongue firmly in their cheek!

    1. Bill M

      Re: Each to their own!

      Except when licking their lips.

  4. TRT Silver badge

    The reception began with...

    Pea and parmesan noodles in a thin, clarified saffron soup.

    In other words, their union was consomméated soon after the ceremony.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Bunch of tosspots

    To protest against religions and poke fun at believers they jump on a trendy new, look at me I'm different, non-religion religion. aka cult. Next thing you know they are taking it seriously and demanding rights like other religions, well that's already started. And the most stupid thing is it's not even a new idea, scientology got there before them and look where they are now. Another few years and you won't be able to tell them apart.

    1. TRT Silver badge

      Re: Bunch of tosspots

      *cough* Jedi...

    2. Warm Braw Silver badge

      Re: Bunch of tosspots

      I'm not sure:

      Next thing you know they are taking it seriously

      is a conclusion you can draw from:

      His bride sported a colander on her head

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Bunch of tosspots @Warm Braw

        I would wager all religions use paraphernalia and I would wager further that a colander is not the wackiest nor most original item.

        1. smartypants

          Re: Bunch of tosspots @Warm Braw

          Eating the actual flesh of Christ certainly bests wearing a colander, and you have to believe that the wafer is that in order to be a Catholic.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Bunch of tosspots - "non-religion religion"

      The thing is, this case means it is a step closer to being a real religion. That would really please its creator, I guess, but would cause a bit of a dilemma for those who use it to bait followers of the classical religions : will they soon have to renounce pastafarianism and start ridiculing those followers who remain?

    4. Graham Dawson

      Re: Bunch of tosspots

      I have already encountered people unironically describing themselves as "devout" pastafarians. People are starting to treat it as a legitimate set of beliefs and a religion, which I find amusing as all hell because they're exactly the sort of uncritical crowd-followers that the whole thing was originally created to mock.

      1. TRT Silver badge

        Re: Bunch of tosspots

        The take-away message is that people need something to believe in. I guess Pastafarianism, being somewhat new, lets people choose rather than follow the path their parents have durumed into them since birth.

        1. quasimodo

          Re: Bunch of tosspots

          Because we all know that what every good parent really wants is to psychologically disturb their children, and abuse them into believing something that is about to actively destroy what their 'real' potential could be, don't they?

      2. Trevor_Pott Gold badge

        Re: Bunch of tosspots

        Just because other individuals rationally but independently choose to do the same thing as you does not mean any of you are sheeple following a crowd. Now, believing what you are told to believe because it is what your parents believed and what you were raised to believe without questioning or examining the rationality or logic of that belief system, on the other hand, absolutely does make you a mindless drone.

        Believe whatever you want to believe, but for the love of Jibbers Himself, arrive at that belief on your own using logic and reason instead of succumbing to the inertia of your upbringing.

    5. Tromos

      Re: Bunch of tosspots

      Bunch of tosspots...taking it seriously.

      Hmmm. Which religion DOESN'T that apply to?

    6. NinjasFTW

      Re: Bunch of tosspots

      Its not a protest against religions, its a protest against the preferential treatment that religions receive in day to day life.

      Why do certain beliefs get accepted? Why is the FSM any more or less disprovable from anything else?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Bunch of tosspots

        Because it didn't go though the correct approval process. It must start as a cult, and be sufficiently aged with time.

        1. Alistair Silver badge

          Re: Bunch of tosspots

          "Because it didn't go though the correct approval process. It must start as a culture, and be sufficiently aged with time."

          Much like good parmesan, I suppose.

          1. Chemical Bob

            Re: Bunch of tosspots

            " It must start as a culture, and be sufficiently aged with time."

            I think you mean aged with thyme.

            and maybe some oregano...

      2. Matthew Taylor

        Re: Bunch of tosspots

        "Why do certain beliefs get accepted? Why is the FSM any more or less disprovable from anything else?"

        The church's (increasingly historical) significance in society is not because it's religious claims are inherently believable - rather, it is because societies have tended to function reasonably well and flourish under Christianity.

        1. TRT Silver badge

          Re: Bunch of tosspots

          Even Cloisterism (or Clisterism) had to find ways of dividing amongst themselves so they could war against each other. Red or blue hats. It was supposed to be green.

        2. Allan George Dyer Silver badge

          Re: Bunch of tosspots

          @Matthew Taylor, "societies have tended to function reasonably well and flourish under Christianity"

          When are where was that? I'm guessing you're not referring to the middle ages, when the Church had real power, and the Islamic nations were far ahead in astronomy, mathematics and other sciences. I suppose there was the colonial period, when mostly Christian European nations went out and stole whole countries, but there you'd have to say it only worked "reasonably well" for the European ruling classes. Then there was the success of the Christian Europeans dragging the world into two World Wars. OK, OK, how about post-war to now... lots of success and growth, best exemplified by China's decades of >7% GDP growth, oops, China's not Christian. I give up!

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          2. Chemical Bob

            Re: @Allan George Dyer

            While you are right, please do not let the sins of the past blind you to the delicious irony that in our modern world the places that have made the biggest gains in the rights of the traditionally disenfranchised (women, children, prisoners, gays, etc) all have a pronounced Christian heritage.

            Many Christians seem to forget that Jesus partied with hookers.

            1. LDS Silver badge

              Re: @Allan George Dyer

              No, those are the places who refused religion as a base for basic rights and a source for legislation. The western world *fought hard* against the idea that laws and the "very special rights" of some people ("nobles", "priesthood") came from a supernatural entity and thereby couldn't be changed.

              It was a very useful way to enslave people "hey, my power is from God (and this interested priest will confirm it) so you can't do anything but obey - otherwise I'm in my right to kill you because you have no rights". But more and more people started to challenge it - because religion ceased to be an absolute value.

              That's the missing steps other part of the world never took, and we see the consequences.

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        4. sed gawk

          Re: Bunch of tosspots

          The church's (increasingly historical) significance in society is not because it's religious claims are inherently believable - rather, it is because societies have tended to function reasonably well and flourish under Christianity.

          Do you have even a vaguely tenable justification for your rather dubious claim, or do you expect me to take it on his noodly appendages.

          1. TheVogon Silver badge

            Re: Bunch of tosspots

            "is because societies have tended to function reasonably well and flourish under Christianity"

            Society tends to function reasonably well and flourish in countries that have Rabies too...

          2. Richard Plinston Silver badge

            Re: Bunch of tosspots

            > it is because societies have tended to function reasonably well and flourish under Christianity.

            The 'flourishing' is primarily because they slaughtered everyone who wasn't their own brand of religion.

        5. Trevor_Pott Gold badge

          Re: Bunch of tosspots

          "rather, it is because societies have tended to function reasonably well and flourish under Christianity"

          Are you high? Please share.

          Addendum: I loathe the societies Christianity built and would dearly - dearly - love the opportunity to build and live in one built by pastafarians. I believe with every fibre of my being it would be superior in damned near every way.

          I bet we won't even burn anyone alive to create that society. Holy Meatballs, Batman!

          1. TRT Silver badge

            Re: Bunch of tosspots

            Jeebus anointed with olive oil. And then there was the last supper - did he "eat of the body" with ravioli? And what wine goes with fish and pasta?

            1. Anonymous Coward
              Anonymous Coward

              Re: Bunch of tosspots

              "Jeebus anointed with olive oil."

              Are you sure you are not confusing him with a certain famous pop star recently in the news?

          2. Chemical Bob
            Coat

            Re: Bunch of tosspots

            "I bet we won't even burn anyone alive to create that society. Holy Meatballs, Batman!"

            Depends on what kind of meatballs you like...

    7. Alistair Silver badge

      Re: Bunch of tosspots

      @ Chris W.

      One does not toss one's pasta in a *pot*. One tosses one's pasta in a *colander*.

      Please. The pot is for the boiling. The colander is for the tosing.

      It puts the oil on its pasta or it gets the hose.

    8. TheVogon Silver badge

      Re: Bunch of tosspots

      "they jump on a trendy new, look at me I'm different, non-religion religion. aka cult"

      They don't show any signs of going down the cult route just yet - for instance having someone who claims to represent their god on Earth. They can leave that to the catholic church...

      And how would you define a "non-religion"? - what they claim to believe in is a lot more reasonable, possible and believable than most other religions that I can think of!

    9. moiety

      Re: Bunch of tosspots

      Scientology is -and always was- about the money. Pastafarianism was created to protest mandatory teaching of 'Intelligent Design'.

      Poking fun at believers is entirely valid; if you take a moment to consider what those believers would advocate doing to those not of their particular brand of faith if the positions were reversed. Passive-aggressive piss-taking while simultaneously having fun is not the worst way to be by any means. If you research a little, you will also notice that "one true faith" and "burn the heretic" stances are shot down pretty hard; both in canon and practice. It also sets out to be inclusive (ie, you can be an active participant in another religion with no problems).

      Now the demanding rights bit is partly publicity; partly being silly for the sheer joy of it; but also by parodying the more established religions it may serve to ameliorate some of the damage they do.

      Also worth noting is that Pastafarians consider Friday a Holy Day; which many of us in IT already know and practice.

      1. TRT Silver badge

        Re: Bunch of tosspots

        Jummah. Just saying...

    10. cd / && rm -rf *

      Re: Bunch of tosspots

      Oh dear. Sense of humour failure. You're not American by any chance, are you?

    11. smartypants

      Re: Bunch of tosspots

      Luckily for Christianity, it went straight from the 12 apostles to a billion 'faithful' (including me, according to the pope), dodging 'cult' status....

      ... Oh hang on.

    12. Kay Burley ate my hamster

      Re: Bunch of tosspots

      *cough* "Bob"

  6. Matthew Taylor

    Magnanimity in Voctory

    The fact that these people can clown around like pirates with colanders on their head, during what is apparently a ceremony signifying their lifelong commitment to each other, demonstrates that religion is no longer calling the shots in New Zealand. It's a spent force, and this dancing on its grave is unseemly in my view.

    1. Eddy Ito Silver badge

      Re: Magnanimity in Voctory

      ... demonstrates that religion is no longer calling the shots...

      If only that were true everywhere we might have a reasonable shot at world peace.

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