A man wearing a colander on his head was permitted to offer the opening “prayer” on behalf of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster during a local government meeting in Alaska on Tuesday, which is the latest act of mockery by the self-proclaimed “pastor” following a court ruling.
The self-identifying “Pastafarian,” Barrett Fletcher, cited the various duties performed by the members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in his message, adding a few of them “seem to feel they can’t do the work without being overseen by a higher authority.”
“So, I’m called to invoke the power of the true inebriated creator of the universe, the drunken tolerator (sic) of the all lesser and more recent gods, and maintainer of gravity here on earth. May the great Flying Spaghetti Monster rouse himself from his stupor and let his noodly appendages ground each assembly member in their seats,” Fletcher mockingly stated.
Fletcher ended his “prayer” with “Ramen,” which refers to the Japanese-style of “pulled noodles”.
The so-called “Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster” was formed in 2005 as a satirical response to the Kansas State Board of Education’s hearings on evolution in schools when its founder, Bobby Henderson, sent a letter to argue against teaching of creation science in biology classes.
Fletcher’s message follows a similar God-mocking invocation from this past June when a Satanic Temple member, Iris Fontana, caused walkouts from the assembly chamber after invoking “Hail Satan” in her opening prayer.
In 2016, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly changed its invocation policy after Fontana urged listeners to “embrace the Luciferian impulse to eat of the tree of knowledge” and ended her presentation with the words “Hail Satan.”
The Borough then decided to only allow individuals from pre-approved religious organizations to deliver the prayers at Assembly meetings. However, Fontana — along with another atheist and a Jewish woman — consequently sued, and last October, the Alaskan Supreme Court struck down the policy as unconstitutional, which resulted in Fontana’s return.
The Bible warns in Galatians 6:7, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”