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Pastafarianism in Szczecin – interview with Łukasz Żaczek of the ‘Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster’ in Szczecin

2013/06/18

On 8 June, 2013, sz-n.com went to the picnic of the Szczecin branch of Kościoł Latającego Potwora Spaghetti (the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster), on Jasne Błonie, and spoke to the head of the church in Szczecin, Łukasz Żaczek, and other adherents of the Pastafarian faith to learn more of their beliefs.

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The Flying Spaghetti Monster reveals his presence to believers on Jasne Błonia

Sz-n.com: You announced your intention to celebrate Boże Ciało (Christ’s body) on Jasne Błonia on 30 May, but no-one came. What happened?

Łukasz Żaczek: Sometimes we face the problem of lack of faith.

How many members do you have in Szczecin? Our facebook group has one hundred and forty likes. 179 at the time of writing. But we have more members in Warsaw, Poznań and Kraków.

What do adherents of the Flying Spaghetti Monster actually believe? We believe in ‘szacunek’, respect towards other people. We believe everyone is equal whether they are men or women, black or white, straight or gay. We are a religion of peace. No-one has ever been killed in the name of Pastafarianism. If people think differently to us, than it’s up to them.

Does the Flying Spaghetti Monster actually exist? I feel sure that there is ‘something’. It does not control us, it does not influence us, but it ‘sees’ and watches over us.

Do Pastafarians believe in creation or evolution? Creationism. We have been told that the Flying Spaghetti Monster created the world five thousand years ago whilst drunk. That’s why we see so much absurdity all around us.

Do you have a holy book? ‘The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster’ has yet to be translated into Polish. Considering few Catholics actually read the Bible, we do not see this as being a problem.

Tell us something about the rituals of Pastafarianism: Friday is our holy day, when we go to the pub to drink beer. The Spaghetti Monster is pleased when he sees us enjoying ourselves and having a good time. Pasta is our sacred food, and beer our sacred choice of beverage.

Our religious festivals exist for us to enjoy ourselves. We call Christmas ‘holiday’. It is just a day for us to relax and have fun.

‘Ramandan’ falls in August, a month in which we only eat pasta. Of course, if anyone doesn’t happen to like pasta, then they can eat something else instead.

19 September is ‘Speak like a Pirate Day’. Pirates are the Spaghetti Monster’s chosen people, and the fact that there are fewer pirates in the world today is the most likely cause of global warming.

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Mosey the pirate receiving the eight ‘I’d rather you didnt’s’

Do you have a church, mosque or any other sacred place of worship? No, we believe that it it is better to help people with money.

One of the eight ‘I’d rather you didn’t’s’ of Pastafarianism: “I’d rather you didn’t build multi-million dollar synagogues/churches/temples/mosques/shrines to his Noodly Goodness when the money could be better spent ending poverty, curing diseases, living in peace, loving with passion and lowering the cost of cable.”

Finally, do you have anything against Catholicism? No. We are a religion ourselves, and wish to be recognised as such. All religions have points of agreement. As I stated earlier, if people wish to believe differently to us, then it’s up to them.

Sz-n.com would like to thank Lukasz and other adherents of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster for sharing their knowledge of the wisdom of his Noodly Goodness with us.

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Łukasz Zaczek of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, Szczecin

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The faithful gather to await a visitation by his Noodly Goodness, Jasne Błonia, Szczecin, 8 June, 2013

English editor, A native of the Isle of Wight, Warren has been running the language teaching company, Go! Languages, with his wife Małgorzata, since 1997. A fan of England, Portsmouth F.C. and Pogoń Szczecin, Warren will be contribing articles on football for the Szczecinian.

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