Peaceful Pastafarians Attacked, Arrested in Moscow

Russian Orthodox activist vigilante group Bozhaya Volya, or God’s Will, along with Russian police, broke up a peaceful march by members of the Pastafarian minority religion, detaining eight members of the gentle believers.

Pastafarians worship the Flying Spaghetti Monster.  Their faith was founded in 2005 by Bobby Henderson in response to the Kansas State Board of Education decision to permit teaching intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in public school science classes. Adherents to satirical religion are gradually gaining acceptance. In November 2007, four talks about the Flying Spaghetti Monster were delivered at the American Academy of Religion‘s annual meeting in San Diego, while in 2011 Austrian Pastafarian Niko Alm won the legal right to be shown in his driver’s license photo wearing a pasta strainer on his head, based on Austrian regulations that allow religious headgear in official photos. Earlier this year a member of the Czech Pirate Party (a legitimate political party, and connected to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster because Pastafarians believe that pirates are “absolute divine beings” and the original Pastafarians.)

According to Raw Story:

Followers of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster planned to hold a “pasta procession” in Moscow and St. Petersburg to honor the birthday of Robert De Niro, who once played a character named Noodle in the movie Once Upon A Time in America.

The “pasta procession” in Moscow was disrupted by the Orthodox activist group Bozhaya Volya, or God’s Will, who sprayed ketchup on a march participants. The Orthodox group has held demonstrations against homosexuality, the punk rock group Pussy Riot, and the Darwin natural history museum.

At least one Pastafarian was shoved to the ground by members of the vigilante Bozhaya Volya, as this video from RT shows:

8 Responses to "Peaceful Pastafarians Attacked, Arrested in Moscow"
ThingsComeUndone | Sunday August 18, 2013 07:43 pm 1

This is getting Sad I can understand a state in trouble uniting with religion to boost its power. I understand thats how Evil Governments solve their problems.
But going after Pastafarians?
More Tyrants have fallen to Laughter than to Armies though the Armies claim otherwise.

ThingsComeUndone | Sunday August 18, 2013 07:46 pm 2

When people fear they don’t protest because of fear. But when people feel its safe to laugh at a government because well… Come on Pastafarians are a threat to the Government and the Church???
Well no matter how scared you are of the government people have to laugh.

ThingsComeUndone | Sunday August 18, 2013 07:51 pm 3

Wait let me guess the all powerful Russian Potato lobby put Putin up to it because the Russian Vodka boycott is hurting sales and the Potato lobby is worried about Pasta.
The Potato Lobby argued that Putin caused the Vodka Boycott right before the Olympics and tourist sales of Russian Vodka during the Olympics are expected to be low.
The Potato Lobby demanded Putin not let Pasta move into Russian markets. Putin owes them they argued and to be fair I agree its Putin’s fault.

ThingsComeUndone | Sunday August 18, 2013 07:52 pm 4

Though to be fair I doubt Putin would cut Russian food aid to the poor like our GOP wants too.

Twonine | Sunday August 18, 2013 08:00 pm 5

There’s some merit to the “absolute divine being” status.

lordgoogoo | Monday August 19, 2013 08:28 am 6

I honestly thought this was a spoof story until I clicked on the link. Unbelievable!

Lisa Derrick | Monday August 19, 2013 03:13 pm 7
In response to lordgoogoo @ 6

There is something lost in translation when vigilantes squirt Pastafarians with a tomato-based sauce. It’s almost a twisted sign of solidarity…

lordgoogoo | Monday August 19, 2013 07:33 pm 8
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 7

Ok, you got me, it took me a minute to get that!

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