The “pastafarians” have made headlines over the past few years. If you’re unfamiliar with the group, it is comprised of atheists and secularists who take aim at creationist ideology. In an effort to poke fun at believers, adherents created their own deity — the Flying Spaghetti Monster. This week, while advocating to have an atheist tree included with a traditional Christmas display, Tracy McPherson (a self-described minister of the Evangelical Pastafarian Church) gave a speech to Chester County commissioners.
Before delving into a straight-faced description of her alleged undying faith in a giant carb-infested deity, McPherson told the political leaders that she felt left out, as her “religion” is not currently represented in the traditional display, The Huffington Post reports.
“These symbols represent the meaning of the holiday season for two religious communities in our area,” she said. “I could not help but feel that the display was incomplete, as there was no acknowledgement of my religion present.”
But that was only the beginning of her foray into her supposed faith. She went on to tell officials that she believes that the Flying Spaghetti Monster created the world and that “he holds us all to the ground with his noodly appendages and that explains why we do not float away.”
She kept her cool, continuing on her path, with commissioners listening to her religious ramblings. While pastafarians don’t necessarily celebrate Christmas, McPherson said that their annual holiday (interestingly also called “Holiday”) occurs at the same time. Thus, she argued that a pasta-decorated tree should be allowed as part of the Chester County Historic Courthouse display.
“Our typical display for Holiday is something resembling a Christmas tree but the decorations are pasta-themed,” she explained.
Watch her performance, below:
Just days after her first performance, she, again, appeared before the commissioners, at which point her noodle-tree petition was rejected. But before her plea was struck down, she, again, spoke before Chester County commissioners, where she read verses from a supposed pastafarian holy book.
“In the Loose Cannon book of Proverbs, chapter 3, verses 32 and 33, it is written, love thy neighbor as thyself and share pasta and rum drinks galore,” she said. “For in the eyes of his noodletude, we are all one. Let us love, not in words and speech, but in pasta and wine.”
Watch it, below:
One of the officials was unmoved, noting that if people want pasta displays, they should erect them on their private property.
“There are front lawns all across this county and if people want to put a plate of spaghetti or lasagna or whatever else you want to worship, there’s nothing this government can do to prevent you front doing that,” one of the commissioners responded.
While her performance was, at the least, entertaining, McPherson (who is currently appealing on the “Evangelical Pastafarianism” Facebook page for supporters to help get her on “The Daily Show”), the commissioners decided to stick by their 2010 ruling that private groups do not have the right to add religious displays to the courthouse. Now, McPherson claims she is exploring legal options.
The atheist activist wrote the following on the group’s Facebook page following the commission’s rejection of her pasta tree:
Despite many phone calls and emails of support, as well as statements by Pastafarian supporters for Holiday Tree and from atheist supporters for the Tree of Knowledge, commissioners Farrell and Costello rejected the motion to nullify Resolution 58-10 which was passed in 2010 and stops all displays except the Jewish menorah, the Christian nativity, and select “secular” christmas symbols picked by the commissioners such as a wreath, a tree, candy canes, santa, and a choo-choo train.
Commissioner Cozzone courageously voted to nullify the resolution in favor of a more inclusive display. We thank her for that. However, since her two colleagues voted against it, the motion did not pass.
It’s likely that the battle over the pastafarian tree is far from over.