The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster was officially granted permission to perform marriage ceremonies, including gay ceremonies, in New Zealand on Monday.
According to stuff.co.nz, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster’s application was approved by the registrar-general of births, deaths and marriages. This makes the church closer to becoming recognized as an official religion in New Zealand. The church celebrated the good news with a post on their Facebook page.
The social movement was created in an open letter in 2005, written by Oregon State University physics graduate Bobby Henderson, in protest of teaching creationism or “intelligent design” in Kansas public schools.
Members of the movement call themselves “Pastafarians” and speak like pirates whom they believe to have been the “original Pastafarians.” Their primary belief is that a flying spaghetti monster created the universe. Members have also started wearing colanders on their heads in drivers license photos.
On the church’s website FAQ, the first question “Is this a joke?” is immediately answered.
“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. A lot of Christians don’t believe the Bible is literally true – but that doesn’t mean they aren’t True Christians,” the website states.
The church is also pro-gay marriage. “Pastafarian” Katie wrote the church’s “Official Stance on Homosexual Marriage” on the website in 2011. She said that she had a revelation on gay rights while cooking a grilled cheese sandwich. A picture of the sandwich she was making is attached as “proof” of the divine revelation.
“During his appearance he told me that homosexuals are gay because He has touched them with his noodley appendage,” Katie writes.
Katie went on to say that gay people and “Pastafarians” have something in common.
“Of course many have argued that no major religion has ever accepted homosexuality. It should obvious to any FSM follower that the real reason homosexuals are shunned from mainstream religion is because of blatant prejudice towards those who have been touched by Him. A bigotry that I know many of my fellow Pastafarians have experienced first hand,” Katie writes.
Same-sex marriage in New Zealand has been legal since 2013. New Zealand has also granted licensing for other ideologies including yoga, Wicca, Scientology, Heathen, Druidism, Humanism and Reiki spiritual healing.
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