I wasn’t aware that NSW government ministers had the necessary theological training to determine which religions were false and which ones were real. (‘Pastafarians’ living on a prayer – Herald 25/3)
Education minister Adrian Piccoli’s proclamation that the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster will never be allowed into public schools suggests that he has weighed the evidence and decided that stories of people rising from the dead and walking on water are ok to teach children, but that the idea of an all powerful spaghetti monster creating the universe is just plain silly.
As a recognised religion in Australia, the Church of Scientology believes that an alien warlord Xenu came to earth millions of years ago and seeded a volcano with thetans. Jews believe that they are the chosen people and that when a perfect heifer is born it will signal the coming of the Messiah. Mormons believe that a science fiction writer translated some gold tablets containing the real gospel. Muslims believe that Mohammed flew to heaven on a winged horse. Catholics believe that a wafer becomes flesh and that wine becomes blood. Evangelical fundamentalists believe the earth is only 6000 years old.
All these religions are permitted to teach their beliefs in NSW public schools.
But believing that a divine spaghetti monster created the universe? Get outta here!
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