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Jesus, Kids Today

I’m not sure which of these stories I like better. First there’s the kid who came to school dressed as a pirate, got kicked out, and claimed the school violated his religious beliefs as a pastafarian.

Bryan Killian says that he follows the Pastafarian religion, and that as a crucial part of his faith, he must wear ‘full pirate regalia’ as prescribed in the holy texts of Pastafarianism.

The school, however, say that his pirate garb was disruptive

Pastafarians follow the Flying Spaghetti Monster (pictured), and believe that the world was created by the touch of his noodly appendage. Furthermore, they acknowledge pirates as being ‘absolute divine beings’, and stress that the worldwide decline in the number of pirates has directly led to global warming.

Pastafarianism gained wide attention when its key prophet, Bobby Henderson, wrote to the Kansas School Board during the height of the controversy over ‘Intelligent Design’ being taught in science classes. His letter, also published on his website, demanded equal time be given to the teachings of the Flying Spaghetti Monster as was given to ID and evolutionary theory.

Then there’s the kid who made this “coming out” video. [Via Pharyngula.]

The video got pulled from YouTube and later reposted by another user, and is available via One Good Move. I can sympathize with the kid. Going to church was mandatory in my house when I was growing up, long after I stopped believing what I was brought up to believe. But I kept my unbelief to myself and went through the motions.

Still, the kid can at least be grateful that he doesn’t have this woman for a mom.

It occurs to me that the mom might have had the same reaction if he’d told her he was gay. If he had, she might have done what Zach’s parents did. She could send him to Jesus Camp.

But it’s closed now. So where do parents send kids who come out as atheists? Especially when you’ve sent them to church their whole lives, and it obviously didn’t take?

Julia Scheeres knows. She wrote a whole book about it; Jesus Land: A Memoir, which I read a while back.


  1. Owen told me last year that he didn’t think he believed in god. I didn’t realize I was supposed to physically assault him and send him to a retraining camp! I just told him that was fine!

  2. I grew up in a rural, agricultural, southern baptist community. Most of those folks still don’t know/realize I’m gay and do not subscribe to their diatribes; if they did know I would be sent a request o go to a Jesus Camp to rehabilitate myself… if I weren’t just condened to hell.

    Guess I’m lucky to have escaped that community!

  3. T, that video snip from trading spouses has been bothering me since yesterday. The woman’s name is Marguerite Perrin.

    The whole thing reeks of emotional abuse of the kids.

    Ugh. I guess the best I can do is refuse to watch reality tv.

  4. Yeah. It’s from “Wifeswap,” another show I never watch. As soon as I heard about it, my first thought was “why would I want a total stranger in my house, around my kids? Do I have any say in who they are? How do I know anything about them? How do I know they’re not abusive, or just plain crazy?”

    That’s one of many reasons I’d never be on a show like that, for any amount of money. All I have to do is imagine Ms. Perrin spending any amount of time around my son.

    Case closed.

  5. Video #1 was just sad. Funny how the mom revealed what that holiday has really become about for her and too many people: presents. And the Darksided mom is just plain scary…she looked like she forgot to take some meds that day.