Pastafarian gesture makes a point:

What is another good use for a pasta strainer ?  As a religious headgear of course! So says an Austrian atheist who insists on wearing it for a driving licience photo.

When you’re a member of the Church of the Flyng Spaghetti Monster where the only dogma allowed is the rejection of all dogma, this light-hearted gesture makes a subtle point about religious headgear and religious practices in general.

Interestingly, he was required to undergo a mental fitness check – a procedure which I believe should also apply to other religions. But, I expect in doing so, mental institutions may be filled with nutcases.



Pope Condoms

It is gratifying to see that officials at the Foreign Office have a sense of humour, even if those at the top felt the need to apologise to the Vatican. In a memo from a planning meeting for the impending Papal visit to the UK junior officials suggested that the Pope could, among other things, bless a gay marriage, sack dodgy bishops and sing a song with the Queen for charity.

The BBC religious affairs correspondent, Robert Pigott, is concerned that the Pope might be regarded as a ‘figure of fun’. Well, when you have a bloke in a frock, who has never had sex with a woman and who lives with a load of other blokes in frocks, who all crave the love of another bloke, telling the rest of the world that homosexuality is against ‘natural law’, methinks that any concern is a tad behind the times.

Strangely, Pigott also says that the government needs the Vatican’s help in a global diplomatic effort to curb climate change and fight poverty. When the Pope’s main concern is about salvation in the next, presumably global warming-free, world it is difficult to see why the state of this world would be of much concern to him. As for poverty probably the best thing the Pope could do is to advise his congregation to stop depending upon a fantasy to solve their problems and promote self-reliance.

The best idea from brainstorming session was to suggest the Pope launch a brand of condoms called “Benedict”; or perhaps that should be “Benedick”!