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Pastafarians can now claim religious persecution

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Pastafarianism, the “religion” that got started, apparently, to ridicule the idea of design in the universe and life forms morphed into a “religion” after European authorities decided to take it seriously.

The Russians are taking it more seriously still:

A “pasta procession” by the Russian followers of the not-so-serious Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster was dispersed in Moscow on Saturday by riot police and Orthodox activists, the prankster movement said.

The Moscow police press service told RIA Novosti that eight “Pastafarians” were detained for “attempting to hold an unsanctioned rally.”

The Pastas say they don’t take themselves seriously. In these times, alas, it may not be in their hands:

“We were detained for simply walking,” a message posted by another Pastafarian said. “In particular, I was taken in for a sieve on my head.”

Wiser people have suggested that if you have to suffer, suffer for doing something good—or at least serious.

Note: Apparently they enraged an Orthodox group, a group that is not, one gathers, known for its sense of humour or tolerance of pranks. However, the Moscow police are also probably baton-happy at best.

Hello Cannukian, glad to see you're back. I hope all is well. Upright BiPed
So if I complain that my noodles aren't cooked Al dente, can I be sued? CannuckianYankee
And now for something completely different: Spaghetti Juggler - video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4TkbInVX1Q bornagain77
OT: Darwinism 101, Course description :how to silence opposing viewpoints through intimidation and censorship: Recommended reading: On the Origin of the Controversy Over Biological Information: New Perspectives - Casey Luskin - August 19, 2013 http://www.evolutionnews.org/2013/08/on_the_origin_o_3075521.html bornagain77
Yes, TSErik and, alas, tribal politics can be dangerous. I fear they will find that, at any rate, it is not a tea party at the faculty club. News
Someone needs their noodles examined...(or maybe even a radical spaghettiectomy) Tom Graffagnino
This is what happens when one makes a decision of life based not on careful consideration, logical examination, or investigative study. No, this is what happens when one who feels socially lost attaches themselves to a group, and their cause, in order to find much desired acceptance. What was once a simple joke, becomes something much more serious as the societal outcasts have placed their self-worth and identity into the joke. It is at this point it grows. It is no longer about some vague dedication to atheism based almost purely on social pressure over understanding. It is now a tribe. TSErik

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