What defines a religion?  What is the nature of faith?  Does religion require genuine faith or can it get by on a set of
rituals and a community that acts in sync?  Guess what?  I can’t answer those questions!  I think everyone has their
own opinion to those sorts of questions, so I can’t, and won’t, pretend that my thoughts on such topics are answers.  
But what’s great is when something happens that makes people ask themselves these kinds of questions.  Which
brings me to the subject of this month’s Magical Buffet Mythology, the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

It’s true that the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster was created out of an act of annoyance by founder Bobby
Henderson.  Specifically a letter of protest that he wrote to the Kansas State Board of Education, that he then also
posted on the website
www.venganza.org.  Essentially it was a sarcastic piece explaining that he fully endorsed the
idea of intelligent design being taught as a science, but if they were going to do that, he needed to stress the
importance of the inclusion of the Flying Spaghetti Monster creation theory, which is certainly as valid as intelligent
design.  (Do yourself a favor and read it on the website, my sum up doesn’t do it justice at all.)

This has led many to say that Henderson is mocking faith, and to sum up most of the hate mail on the website, that
he’s a jerk.  Obviously, I don’t agree.  The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and its adherents, Pastafarians,
serve a vital purpose.  They force people to examine their beliefs and the double standards that exist in a country
that is supposed to believe in a separation of Church and State.  In March 2008, Pastafarians in Crossville,
Tennessee successfully won city approval to place a Flying Spaghetti Monster statue next to the Courthouse, and
proceeded to do so.  If it’s good enough for the Ten Commandments, then it’s good enough for the adorable Flying
Spaghetti Monster.  They make schools ask themselves, what is science, and what is spiritual?  And, they do it all
with a wonderful sense of humor and a pirate’s accent!

Is the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster a “real” religion?  Well, they have a definite belief system, a rich
mythology, and academic endorsements.  People say they are Pastafarians, and are subject to harassment and
threats, like many other religious groups.  They do not have a not-for-profit status like most religions, but since many
religions profit greatly from their followers anyway, I can’t hold that against the Church of the Flying Spaghetti
Monster.  The American Academy of Religion hosts discussions of the Pastafarians at their annual meetings.

I can’t speak for everyone reading this, but I for one have been touched by His Noodly Appendage!


Ghost Research Society Investigation Report

Lincoln Theater Investigation; October 27th, 2007.  Click Here for More

X Marks the Spot

If our modern keyboard serves as a guide, the only less used letter than X would be Z.  The letter X serves many
purposes for being one of the least used letters in our alphabet.  Yet, for all its apparent uselessness in our normal
language, in the language of symbols it’s rife with meanings.  
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Profile: The Alchemy Guild

The International Alchemy Guild (IAG) is a group of alchemists from around the world who come together to
exchange views, news, and research in the Hermetic arts and all forms of practical and spiritual alchemy. In 1968,
the renewed Guild opened a permanent office in Vienna, Austria, and in 1998, a branch office was opened in the
United States. The current president is Austrian organic chemist Hans Schimmer.  
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Ten Questions with John Coughlin

Need we say more? I thought not  Click Here

Magical Buffet Mythology: The Flying Spaghetti Monster

Yes, I have been touched by His Noodly Appendage.  Click Here for More

Product Profile: One Kind Couture

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The Misleading Gwyllion

In this new age of impish, whimsical, pretty little pixie fairies, like those Amy Brown and NeNe Thomas portray, it’s
easy to forget that in times past the fair folk were generally annoying at best, and deadly at worst.  The gwyllion of
Wales is an interesting example of this.  
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