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For the unaware, Pastafarianism is a parody religion, invented to poke fun at other religions. The general idea is that there is as much proof for a deity they call the "Flying Spaghetti Monster" as there is for a loving, Triune God (or any other deity), so they "worship" an imaginary, spaghetti-like thing and conclude their prayers with "Ramen" instead of "Amen," which is admittedly clever.

There's no need to get into the glaring holes in Pastafarianism's general logic (to our knowledge, the Flying Spaghetti Monster has yet to, say, rise from the dead) but Pastafarians are taking their "religion" seriously. Particularly in Poland, where they just won the right to register as an actual religion ... Discuss

 

Barna and The American Bible Society have released their annual State of the Bible report, and found that skepticism, particularly among millennials, is on the rise. Their research show that the number of people who believe that the Bible is "just another book of teachings written by men that contains stories and advice" has tripled over the last three years, and is currently at 19%—the same percentage of those who read the Bible regularly (at least four times a week) and believe it is the actual Word of God. They found that “While 50% of all adults believe the Bible has too little influence in society, only 30% of millennials believe this.”

Despite the rise in those that are skeptical of scripture and new trends among millennials, numbers that indicate Bible ownership (88%) in American households, how many people believe the Bible is inspired and infallible (56%) and how many Americans use a smartphone to read scripture (35%) are still relatively high. You can go here to see more of the findings and see more infographs from their report ... Discuss

 

American Atheists—which may have the most self-descriptive name of any organization out there—has launched a lawsuit over the iconic seventeen-foot crossbeam at Ground Zero, saying it should be removed or at least make room for a similar-sized atheist monument. “The overwhelming impression of this cross is religious,” said Edwin Kagin, the national legal director for American Atheists. “We are worried about the alienation being suffered by atheists. This cross screams Christianity, but there were perhaps 500 or 1,000 people who died in this tragedy who were not Christians.”

Museum representative Mark Alcott disagrees, saying that “the curators decided to place this object in the museum because they believe it was an important part of the history of this story. Rescue workers took comfort in this remnant of the building structure and they prayed to it as a religious object.But there is a difference between displaying an artifact of historical significance and saying we want you [the public] to bless it — museum goers understand that distinction" ... Discuss