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Being a legally ordained minister of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster sounds like the best job ever

When is a religion a 'real' religion?


Matt Silverman

Internet Culture

Posted on Feb 25, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 6:25 pm CDT

In 2005, Bobby Henderson wrote a letter to the Kansas board of education suggesting that if Christian creationism is taught in schools, his theistic view should be too: that a Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe.

And so, Pastafarianism was born. The Internet-based social movement spread rapidly as a critique of anti-science fundamentalism, but in some corners of the world like New Zealand, Pastafarianism became recognized by the government as a religious order, with all accompanying rights and privileges.

This week on 2 Girls 1 Podcast, Alli and Jen (actors who perform weird internet stuff on stage) talk with Prime Minesteroni Karen Martyn, an ordained minister of the Church, who has officiated numerous pasta-themed weddings within the legal borders of New Zealand.

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2 Girls 1 Podcast is hosted by Allison Goldberg and Jennifer Jamula, and is produced and edited by Matt Silverman in New York City. Production assistance is provided by The Podglomerate.

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*First Published: Feb 25, 2019, 5:00 am CST