The Flying Spaghetti Monster Gains Cred (and Colanders) in the Netherlands

The Dutch just got a new religion. It involves a giant deity who's fond of flying spaghetti and people who wear colanders on their heads.

Yep, "Pastafarianism," which sprang up in 2005 in response to the Kansas State Board of Education's decision to allow intelligent design to be taught as an alternative to evolution, has gotten more legit.


The Netherlands joins a handful of other countries in recognizing the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, the brainchild of one Bobby Henderson, a then 25-year-old physics graduate from Oregon.

 All of this noodle news led us to wonder what constitutes a religion. Does a religion need a deity? How old does it have to be? Where does Pastafarianism fit amid Christianity? Or the Church of Scientology (which is official in the U.S.)? Or even Dudeism? Speculate along with us in the video above.