Do You Remember The Flying Spaghetti Church in Alto, Michigan?
Religions are very serious. Even if you think they're not, they are.
However, there is one religion that may be on the edge of absolutely hysterical.
Do you remember The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster?
social movement that promotes a light-hearted view of religion.
But according to actual Pastafarianism, it is a real and legitimate religion.
Back in 2005, 24-year-old Bobby Henderson posted an open letter about the Flying Spaghetti Monster after he didn't receive a reply from the Kansas State Board of Education. Once he did that, it started a chain reaction.
How do people show their Pastafarian associations?
Every year, Pastafarians would decorate their trees with a tree topper of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
As an outer sign of their religion, many Pastafarians wear colanders on their head.
Is this a joke?
Their official website states:
It's not a joke. Elements of our religion are sometimes described as satire and there are many members who do not literally believe our scripture, but this isn't unusual in religion.
Did you know there are locations for the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster in Michigan?
According to my Google searches, there are two locations in Michigan. One is in Northern Michigan and one is 20 minutes away from Grand Rapids in Alto.
I will emphasize that these are not brick-and-mortar locations. The church-goers meet up in their homes or at public venues.
The Alto Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster's Facebook hasn't been updated since 2018. However, the page shares what the mission of the congregation is.
The Alto Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is a rural congregation of Pastafarians that welcomes all. We believe in the complete equality of all humans; the complete freedom of and freedom from religion; the complete separation of church and state; the complete rejection of dogma and ignorance; the necessity for critical thinking; and we believe in positively contributing to our community.
How do you join the religion?
According to the website, there is no official or formal membership application process. They do not collect any money from their members either.
If you love the idea of heaven having a beer volcano, this might be the religion for you.