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.
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?