The Netherlands Recognizes Official Church: Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster


Religious people rejoice, a new faith has arrived and it’s ready to welcome you with open arms, full bowls and meatballs aplenty. The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has been officially recognized as a religion in The Netherlands.

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, founded in 2005, has some unusual beliefs and their doctrine might be a little on the quirky side but they’re certainly no odder than any other organized religion. Followers of the Church, or Pastafarians, believe that a giant spaghetti monster created the world for unknown reasons, and they worship him by eating pasta, drinking beer and wearing colanders on their heads. The church made news in the Russia at the start of the year when a man fought, and won, for his right to wear a colander on his head in his driving license photo.

It might seem like a petty mockery of organized religion, but the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is much more than that. The founder, on their official website, says:

“With millions, if not thousands, of devout worshipers, the Church of the FSM is widely considered a legitimate religion, even by its opponents – mostly fundamentalist Christians, who have accepted that our God has larger balls than theirs.

Some claim that the church is purely a thought experiment or satire, illustrating that Intelligent Design is not science, just a pseudoscience manufactured by Christians to push Creationism into public schools. These people are mistaken — The Church of FSM is legit, and backed by hard science. Anything that comes across as humor or satire is purely coincidental.”

The Church is a statement about the importance placed on religious views in all aspects of society, even education, despite often going against what we know to be true. We can be fairly confident that nobody really believes in the flying spaghetti monster, or that humans are descended from pirates, but why should should other faiths, especially those that argue against scientific fact (creationists, I’m talking to you) be part of our children’s education?

North America already recognizes the Church as a religion, so if you’re thinking about converting, perhaps you’d like to hear about their heaven and hell:

  • Pastafarians believe that heaven is a beer volcano and stripper factory
  • Pastafarians believe that hell is also a beer volcano and stripper factory, but the beer is flat and the strippers have STDs

The nice thing about Pastafarianism is that anybody can join. They don’t mind where you’re from, who you like to have sex with, what you do for a living or if you even believe in the flying spaghetti monster. You can join if you’re already a member of another faith or if you don’t believe in anything. The church of the flying spaghetti monster is truly universal.

If you’d like to learn more about the church, check out the video from their official website below: