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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Pastafarian Pastor Leads the Opening Prayer in Alaska Government Meeting, Ends it with "Ramen."

Pastafarian, Barrett Fletcher, Flying Spaghetti Monster

Barrett Fletcher, a Pastafarian pastor, led the prayer during a government meeting in Alaska in behalf of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, giving blessing since court ruling from a not so ordinary church.

The pastor noted on his message in a Kenai radio the duties of the members of Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, and pointed out that some people seem as if they are not able to do their work without being overseen by their superiors.

"So, I'm called to invoke the power of the true inebriated creator of the universe, the drunken tolerator (sic) of the all lesser and more recent gods, and maintainer of gravity here on earth. May the great Flying Spaghetti Monster rouse himself from his stupor and let his noodly appendages ground each assembly member in their seats," Pastor Fletcher said in a report.

During the invocation, only people who stood were those without seats hall in Homer, which is about 125 miles (201 kilometers) south of Anchorage. One man was seen turning his back to face the wall and other men did not remove their hats.

Dozen of people at the chamber of Soldotna protested after the Pastafarian invocation was followed by the Satanic Temple member Iris Fontuna, when she invoked "Hail Satan" in her opening prayer.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska only official organization bodies with an established presence on the Kenai Peninsula will be approved to give the invocations. Atheist and Jews had been denied to perform the invocation.

But, this policy of the Alaska Supreme Court last October ruled was unconstitutional, last November, the government changed it to allow anyone to offer invocations regardless of religion.

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster was established on 2005 as a response to the Kansas State Board of Education's hearings on evolution in schools.

In a report from Homer News, the founder of the church movement had sent an open letter about the main purpose of the FSM, which is the way to argue against teaching of creationism in Biology.

Pastafarian followers believe that an omnipotent monster made of spaghetti and meatballs created the whole universe with his noodly appendages that hold his great power.

Church of the Flying Sphagetti Monster was recognized as an official religion in some countries. but others see it as a satire movement, the News reported.

Pastor Fletcher during his opening prayer invoked for "satisfaction in the perception of accomplishment and allow them true relaxation and an ample supply of their favorite beverage at the end of this evening's work."

"Ramen." Said Pastafarian pastor Fletcher as he ended his prayer.

Photo Credit: Associated Press, Wikipedia

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