Warsaw witnessed scenes of jubilation when a local court allowed The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to apply as an official religion in Poland.
The followers of the church, who prefer to be called ‘Pastafarians’, gathered outside the court shouting “pasta” as the hearing was underway.
As it moves one step closer to being declared a religion, we present you a list of some the world’s funniest and weirdest religions starting, of course, with the one under discussion:
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
Established in May 2005, with the publication of an open letter to the Kansas School Board, the FSM Church believes in an alternate theory of Intelligent Design. The theory states that the world was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster and that “the overwhelming scientific evidence pointing towards evolutionary processes is nothing but a coincidence, put in place by Him.”
The Church refutes scientific knowledge on the age of the earth and evolution. Their website states, “Every time a researcher carries out an experiment that appears to confirm one of these ‘scientific theories’ supporting an old earth and evolution we can be sure that the FSM is there, modifying the data with his Noodly Appendage. We don’t know why He does this but we believe He does, that is our Faith.”
In 2005, Oliver Benjamin founded The Church of the Latter-Day Dude. Dudeism boasts of 160,000 "Dudeist Priests" who all believe in His Dudeness El Duderino The Dude from The Big Lebowski. Don’t we all?
Although inspired by the ideals presented in the film, the followers of Dudeism believe that the teachings of The Dude have existing in the form of Chinese Taoism.
The Church’s motive is to “just take it easy man”.
I’m sure the Dude will.
Prince Philip Movement
The members of the Prince Philip Movement are the Yaohnanen tribe on the southern island of Tanna in Vanuatu.
The followers of the cult believe that Prince Philip is a “divine being, the pale-skinned son of a mountain spirit and brother of John Frum.”
According to ancient tales, the son travelled over the seas to a distant land, married a powerful lady and would in time return. The villagers had observed the respect accorded to Queen Elizabeth II by colonial officials and concluded that her husband, Prince Philip, must be the son from their legends.
What’s even more amusing is that the prince is aware of the existence of the cult and has since exchanged gifts and even met with its followers.
Church of the SubGenius
Established by Ivan Stang in the 1970s, the Church of the SubGenius is a parody of existing religions as well as pop-psychology. The Church regards “the world’s greatest salesman J. R. "Bob" Dobbs” as their prophet and figurehead.
According the followers of the Church, Dobbs saw a vision of God on a television set that he built himself in 1953.
The Church imitates actions of other prominent religious leaders by culture jamming in order to undermine their tactics. It instructs its followers to shun regular employment, buy products sold by the Church and rebel against ‘law and order’.
So, in all, these religions are pretty silly but at least they’re not as ridiculous as Scientology.