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Posted by abeodbart September 30, 2009 at 9:52 am

A student has been suspended from school in America for coming to class dressed as a pirate. But the disciplinary action has provoked controversy – because the student says that the ban violates his rights, as the pirate costume is part of his religion.

Bryan Killian says that he follows the Pastafarian religion, and that as a crucial part of his faith, he must wear ‘full pirate regalia’ as prescribed in the holy texts of Pastafarianism.

The school, however, say that his pirate garb was disruptive.

Pastafarians follow the Flying Spaghetti Monster (pictured), and believe that the world was created by the touch of his noodly appendage. Furthermore, they acknowledge pirates as being ‘absolute divine beings’, and stress that the worldwide decline in the number of pirates has directly led to global warming.

More at – Metro

September 30, 2009 at 9:57 am
Erik R. says:


September 30, 2009 at 9:58 am

Good on them. Pastafarianism needs to be outlawed. As your photo of the Spaghetti Monster clearly demonstrates, Pastafarianism is a cover for the Cult of Cthulhu, the tentacled Old One who awaits the day when he can rise from his watery tomb to feast on our brains.

September 30, 2009 at 9:58 am


September 30, 2009 at 10:01 am
JayKay says:

I love these guys, haha! How to make a point with humour.

September 30, 2009 at 10:12 am
Zamurazi says:

This is great :d

i heard about the giant spaghetti monster god thing a few weeks back..
It seems like the world can’t understand certain humours anymore..

I might preach for this beautiful being.

September 30, 2009 at 10:13 am
Stretch says:

I have been touched by his noodly appendage

September 30, 2009 at 10:31 am

Garr! Avas’ ye land lubbers! Stoppe this flabadabbery of attrocidities that is Spaghetti hatred! Gaarrr!

September 30, 2009 at 10:36 am
Steven Bigham says:

Oh no! Don’t cause a Schizm in Pastafarianism. As the Flying Spaghetti Monster would say himself “I’d really rather you didn’t”

September 30, 2009 at 10:37 am
hairy says:

I pray to Its Holiness the FSM that the school board may see the light coming from Its Noodly Appendage. If not, I hope they at least get to feel the strength of Its Noodly Appendage as It punishes them.

I’m craving pasta now.

September 30, 2009 at 10:55 am
Dave Aubrey says:

Pastafarianism should be a respected religion, I mean, it’s just about as logical as “mainstream” religions anyway. 😉

September 30, 2009 at 11:56 am

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September 30, 2009 at 11:58 am
Jeff Salisbury says:

Pure gold.
Could they have played into his hands any better than to suspend him?

September 30, 2009 at 12:00 pm
Taramichelle says:

I have actually read the book my ex BF had bought it after reading about it online at the actual Church of the Flying Spagetti Monster website after following many a links from wiki-f**king-pedia sometimes it can lead you to these discoveries can that pedia site, its in my opinion a little far stretched but makes for a amusing read
challenge you to read it Derren :)

September 30, 2009 at 12:06 pm
Seal says:

this is brilliant!!, funniest thing i’ve read in a while.

not that i’m disrespecting pastafarians, that monster looks awesome

September 30, 2009 at 1:31 pm
josh says:

someone give this kid a medal. =D

September 30, 2009 at 1:32 pm
roz says:

HAHA! i loooooove the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster! Hail She What Done It All! Praise BOB! 😀

September 30, 2009 at 1:37 pm
Phil says:

I say good for the school. Obviously the boy is practicing a foolish and outdated dogma. A red sash holding his pirate’s cutlass is the “orthodox” view of Pastafarianism, but everyone knows that the “primaverian” offshoot is the one true religion. Don’t confuse primaverians with marinarians, TOTALLY different sash color.

September 30, 2009 at 1:42 pm
JayKay says:

I can’t get the Quorn meatballs that are in my freezer out of my head!!!

September 30, 2009 at 1:57 pm
Mallard says:

What exactly did he get suspended for? They don’t have uniforms in American schools so he’s already perfectly entitled to dress as a pirate, religious or not. I find it quite concerning that religion (regardless of how daft and tongue-in-cheek) is needed to defend his behaviour, as it seems secular eccentricity is an insufficient excuse for harmlessly unconventional attire.

September 30, 2009 at 2:18 pm
Ellie says:


September 30, 2009 at 2:51 pm
Nopke says:

Ah, welcome back spaghetti monster ..

September 30, 2009 at 2:52 pm
Queequeg says:

As a proud Pastafarian, I feel for this boy. We never get the respect we deserve. Is there perhaps a Pastafarian food option in canteens on Fridays? (We like to eat pasta on Fridays). Oh no, the Jews and the Muslims get their pork free food, but no one gives us our pasta.

Shame. May he be blesse by the touch of His Noodly Appendage.


September 30, 2009 at 2:56 pm
britt says:

WWFSMD? this is what you should ask youself…..

September 30, 2009 at 3:21 pm
Emma Rose says:

Also did you know in Somalia there are the most of the scared beings and the effects of global warming effect that region less than other places!

RAmen Brother

September 30, 2009 at 4:24 pm
Zoeyy says:

I have a craving for Pasta now…
that kid is amazing for sticking to what he believes in. I dont see why they should have suspended him for wearing pirate costume anyway. :/

September 30, 2009 at 4:39 pm
Jess xxx says:

I’ve found the Pastafarian version of Satan…


September 30, 2009 at 4:59 pm
helen says:

as a devonian i am offended that some random religious grop has hijacked my regional identity.

unless i can be in charge… mind you if pirates are deities…. lol

if you are bad do you get red sauce down ur white clothes?

September 30, 2009 at 5:11 pm
muffinmonkey says:

Of all people, you, Derren should appreciate his noodlyness’ divine power. How can we explain your skills without intervention from His Noodly Appendage?

Blessed be the Flying Spaghetti Spaghetti monster and all those who eat him. RAmen.

September 30, 2009 at 5:30 pm
Coslton says:

Stunts like this are counter productive IMO.

In as much as the Flying Spaghetti Monster was a funny pastiche of religion what it misses is the cultural history…. however bonkers belief systems may be when they are entangled in people’s cultural history and lives mocking their integrity does no good in turning poeple off them or in making you a welcome messenger of truth.

September 30, 2009 at 5:48 pm
Darwinschurch says:

He came to me in a vision yesterday, well a bowl of spaghetti bolognaise. I was just about to dip my garlic bread and there he was. I’ve kept it and plan to put it up for auction or I might organize a pilgrimage, it’s a shame it won’t last as long as those dead nun’s bones.

September 30, 2009 at 7:21 pm
Philly says:

I made the mistake of mentioning this in my RS GCSE exam, didn’t go down too well.. I got a C, but at least I feel I have informed people of this 😉
Anywho, screw RS, I could have used that time to do something useful, like revise for science!
[But it’s not like I spend much time revising for RS… In fact I didn’t do any at all :P]

September 30, 2009 at 7:33 pm
Roll says:

Perhaps in the spirit of multiculturism and fair play, we should keep some ground up dead nuns bones on one side in case we need them later?

September 30, 2009 at 7:52 pm
JayKay says:

@Coslton – Are you a messenger of truth? I’m not quite sure what that is..?

September 30, 2009 at 8:05 pm
DavidK says:

While this is funny as a joke it seems that this is not meant to be a joke as this is trying to make a point that all religions are silly like the Flying Spaghetti Monster . I guess if you have no faith it is OK to make fun of the people that do have faith in God. The sad part is that by making fun of religion you show to people that have faith how bad you really need it. I know that there has been and is still some really bad things that are done in the name of God (Allah) but this is from man not from God.. I am sure that most of the commits are from people that have another God whether it is New Age– Darwinism – Global Warming – Science – it takes a village – Mankind – Government – or people in space ships that are waiting to take you to your plant..

September 30, 2009 at 9:43 pm
JoJo says:

you know, the media is always going on about kids getting dumber but this guy is obviously a little genius. Not only does he have the guts to go to high school dressed as a pirate but he has a pretty awesome and well thought out reason to back up his decision. I applause you little pirate dude and all of your fellow Pastafarians!! lol : P

September 30, 2009 at 10:07 pm
Colston says:

@JayKay No I’m not but I presume that the people that use this analogy are doing so to make a point and to try and waken sleeping people… I think more subtlety and less patronising would probably be more useful.

September 30, 2009 at 11:19 pm
Chez says:

one of my friends loves the idea of this “religion” – it amuses him. He’s even got a tattoo of the flying spaghetti monster on the left side of his body…me thinks him a little unhinged…

September 30, 2009 at 11:23 pm
JayKay says:

@Colston – Personally, I think it’s kinda good to have a wee laugh at ourselves at times. Especially where religion is concerned. I don’t think anything is worth the disgusting division, the craziness and the bloodshed which have, for millennia, been the consequences of it. Do you?

October 1, 2009 at 6:52 am
Matt says:

Isn’t it more of a cult than a religion?

October 1, 2009 at 7:44 am
Kelsey says:

WOW!!!!! That’s a fantastic religion!!!

October 1, 2009 at 8:33 am
JayKay says:

@DavidK – ‘Darwinism – Global Warming – Science’ aren’t religions, they are fact. And those who do not worship a God – a deity – are not necessarily without a spiritualism either. Bad things are certainly done in the name of whatever God you have been given to follow, you’re right there. Many millions of people in their own countries are never offered any option to this God, nor have the choice to opt out of religion, so it is understandable that they do not know that there are any other possibilities out there. And that is one facet of the man-made (and I mean MAN-made) organisation that is religion that makes the likes of me immediately suspicious of the whole deal. And, in this day and age, with all the communication and information available, I am utterly aghast that anyone – ctnd…

October 1, 2009 at 8:49 am
JayKay says:

with these facilities at hand could ever believe the, frankly tripe, that is set down in these Submissiveness Handbooks. Yes, there are certain wisdoms – but nothing that any decent human being could not figure out by themselves and live by – without wars and the genocide, without the money-rackets, without yolking and terrifying and blinding its people. I’m glad this ‘kid’ has worked it all out for himself and has woken up and smelled the coffee. Those not shackled and brainwashed and brow-beaten by can actually be pretty good people y’know. People who would never dream of carrying out atrocities in the name of… something..? You can have your God if you need him, but I wish those who subscribe would keep it their bloody selves. I don’t proclaim on a daily basis that I don’t have a God.

October 1, 2009 at 8:52 am
JayKay says:

I typed way too fast there. Ooops, lotsa typos.

October 1, 2009 at 9:34 am
JayKay says:

Yolking? Is taht like milking? Oh Jeez, this is a bad start to my writing day. Er, yoking. I know I’m off the stuff, but I think I might need caffeine this morning!

October 1, 2009 at 9:36 am
JayKay says:

And I managed yet another typo… Right, get the full strength Illy out now!

October 1, 2009 at 9:37 am

IT is obvious the school suspended that student. And such action should be taken for maintaining discipline in the educational institute. Good on them.

October 1, 2009 at 2:12 pm
Pastafarian Reverend says:

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October 1, 2009 at 4:32 pm
rey says:

it would be really funny if the kid was conducting a serious social experiment and now has the exact reaction he wanted.

But yeah, a pirate costume isn’t like a piece of jewelry or a scarf round your head and neck, so I guess the school does have grounds that it is ‘disruptive’. heheh.

October 1, 2009 at 5:14 pm
dxd says:

reisestecker its obvious that suspending him is ridiculous, there is no merit. People dress like fools everyday, a pirate costume is no more retarded than what most kids are wearing. Its evident that the people bothered by this have doubts about their religion, as well they should. If I was his parent i would demand the suspension be lifted, or insist that clothing bothersome to my child (jesus is my homie, shirts with idiotic bible phrases on them, etc) be banned as well. Religion is absurd, and I for one hope i am alive to see it be removed from our society.

October 2, 2009 at 8:44 am
helen says:

@JayKay You can have your God if you need him, but I wish those who subscribe would keep it their bloody selves

they ought to it says so in luke 18 or is it 14? its been a whlie. they not allowed to go round shouting about it. lol

October 2, 2009 at 9:36 am
JayKay says:

‘They’re’ not allowed to do a lot of things that seem to have become part and parcel of religion these days.

October 2, 2009 at 5:29 pm
Coslton says:

@JayKay… No I don’t think religion is worth a hoot but separating people from their beliefs will need more than mocking them and creating unnecessary conflict doesn’t help… the analogy was funny I’ll concede that and its ridiculousness well placed but the kid dicking around in school is just doing that.

October 3, 2009 at 11:44 am
danielle bennett says:

lol its not even a real religion its like a mock religion and every1’s freaking out about it im atheist but i think he should he able to wear what he wants its only a joke XD

October 3, 2009 at 1:44 pm
Hollium says:

If Muslims are allowed to wear headscarves and certain sects of Christianity large bandana-esque headbands in schools that are strict on uniform, I see no reason why this young man can’t wear full piratewear in a school that has no uniform. RAmen, brother.

[touched by his noodly appendage]

October 3, 2009 at 4:57 pm
everettattebury says:

Umm, this story is over 2 years old?


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