Do-It-Yourself religion : The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

My last posts were about how the Web is revolutionizing every existing field where information asymetry previously ruled. This covers astronomy, health, nutrition, law but also, as it is featured today : Religion. Enter the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

Some days ago, an Austrian young man made the news because he succeded in keeping his "pastafarian" headgear on his driver license photo. Niko Alm, a self-confessed atheist, said he belongs to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

The Church of the flying spaghetti monster, which rise and emergence came as a reaction to the state of Kansas' ban of a course for "intelligent design" as an alternative to a course about evolution, has a series of commandments, as every self-respecting religion does :

  • Beliefs include the fact that the monster likes pirates
  • That Friday is a holy day during which believers shouldn't work
  • That the monster created trees, a mountain and a midget first, then took care of the rest
  • ...
Hence the pirate costumes on the website

The godcan be impersonated in this religion. This is usually rare among other religions :

To me, this is yet another manifestation of the fall of the asymetry of information. It's been quite some time that we've realized that talking snakes didn't get us here and that's not what I mean by the fall of the asymetry of information in this case. Rather, this CHurch of the Spaghetti Monster, the flying Spaghetti monster of course, is a step towards the abolition of the creationist absurdities. In other terms, a step towards the abolition of the last bastions of an age old asymetry of information which still remains in some places.

Hail, then, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, Lord of the Pastafarians :