Pirate theology: Join the discussion
As you know, much of my day is divided between pastoral care among the ever-growing congreg-ation of Australian Pastafarians -- and theological reflection.
And make no mistake: there are some pressing theological questions we face, particularly for such a young (and flavoursome) faith.
Is dried pasta of equal spiritual worth as fresh pasta? What does the Flying Spaghetti Monster really think of gnocchi? And what are we to make of the gluten intolerant in our midst?
But these past weeks I have been much perplexed, and I am turning to you, the Australian Pastafarian community, for some suggestions.
As you know, we have irrefutable evidence that the decline in pirate numbers since the 1800s is to blame for global climate change. (You nay-sayers -- and inconceivably there are still some left -- can find all the evidence you need here.) Seen from this perspective, it becomes a sacred duty for Pastafarians to dress up as pirrrates, spreading the word about the FSM and saving the planet at the one time.
But, theologically speaking, this is a more complex issue than it appears, and I have been studying it closely.
Last month the venerable Sydney Morning Herald published a headline that made my heart jump (a sentence I would not often write). It read: "TV program delays 'turning viewers into pirates'."
It seemed the problem of global warming was solved! Television networks were delaying the broadcast of programs already seen overseas, forcing Australians to download them illegally from the Internet.
Technology lawyer and researcher Alex Malik said these "huge delays" were "turning Australians into pirates".
Could it really be true that we were becoming a nation of pirates? Could the FSM be nudging TV stations in this direction, all for the good of the planet? Was this the first good thing a commercial television station had ever done?
But here is the question I think we need to discuss fully among our creamy congregation: Can software pirates really be considered 'pirates', as we know them in the tenets of the Pastafarian faith?
Or are they perhaps a lesser group of pirates, having a small but still positive impact on global temperatures?
Or -- and I have not discounted this possibility altogether -- are they not 'true' pirates at all?
Please leave a comment and tell us what you think.
In the meantime, have no fear sisters and brothers, I continue to dress in full, traditional pirate garb. And you won't find me looking for The O.C. on the Internet. Harrrr that be neverrr the case.