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This has been in the courts for years and, to be clear, the fight is not over — Pastafarians will appeal this decision with the European Court of Human Rights. But it was a disappointing result for Pastafarians everywhere. The Austrian Pastafarians in their press release point out the hypocrisy in that statment, considering Christians get together to ingest wine and wafers.
But I wonder … if we had more in-person meetups, and if our communion looked more like what is recognized as a rite by the Christians — would the Austrian courts have viewed us as a legitimate religious group? I doubt it — it always feels the reasoning comes after the decision to exclude us. Does winning matter? That is, the very act of discrimination pushes our organization towards what can only be seen as legitimacy, in the long run. Now, ten-plus years on, we have members — and practicing ministers — all over the world.
Where do we go from here? My favorite thing is to see a Pastafarian in the news doing something obnoxious and clever. If I had no idea it was coming beforehand, so much the better. I hope we never lose that spirit.
I would like for us to find a way to build more physical churches, and put on more real-world activies and especially outreach to our communities. And, it would be nice to one day get the Pirate Ship and float around converting heathens and so forth. F the relatives, put it all towards a pirate ship. I would love to hear thoughts on the future of the church and thoughts about official recognition.
Footnotes The Church of the Flying Spaghetti monster has existed for thousands of years in secrecy, only recently coming back into the mainstream.
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