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Peaceful Pastafarians Attacked, Arrested in Moscow

Russian Orthodox activist vigilante group Bozhaya Volya, or God’s Will, along with Russian police, broke up a peaceful march by members of the Pastafarian minority religion, detaining eight members of the gentle believers.

Pastafarians worship the Flying Spaghetti Monster.  Their faith was founded in 2005 by Bobby Henderson in response to the Kansas State Board of Education decision to permit teaching intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in public school science classes. Adherents to satirical religion are gradually gaining acceptance. In November 2007, four talks about the Flying Spaghetti Monster were delivered at the American Academy of Religion‘s annual meeting in San Diego, while in 2011 Austrian Pastafarian Niko Alm won the legal right to be shown in his driver’s license photo wearing a pasta strainer on his head, based on Austrian regulations that allow religious headgear in official photos. Earlier this year a member of the Czech Pirate Party (a legitimate political party, and connected to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster because Pastafarians believe that pirates are “absolute divine beings” and the original Pastafarians.) [cont’d.]

According to Raw Story:

Followers of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster planned to hold a “pasta procession” in Moscow and St. Petersburg to honor the birthday of Robert De Niro, who once played a character named Noodle in the movie Once Upon A Time in America.

The “pasta procession” in Moscow was disrupted by the Orthodox activist group Bozhaya Volya, or God’s Will, who sprayed ketchup on a march participants. The Orthodox group has held demonstrations against homosexuality, the punk rock group Pussy Riot, and the Darwin natural history museum.

At least one Pastafarian was shoved to the ground by members of the vigilante Bozhaya Volya, as this video from RT shows:

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.