Jedis and Pastafarians: Real religion or joke?

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(RNS) When congregants of West Side Church and the Christian Life Center in Bend, Ore., awoke in June to news that their churches had been vandalized, they expected to be frustrated. What they didn’t expect was to be confused. In addition to the anti-Christian slogans scrawled on the walls of the two buildings, the words […]

  • I kind of find myself in a strange position. I see the humor. I think the Pastafarian stuff is hilarious. But I still feel stung. I understand the desire to shame religious believers into a more logical paradigm, but at the end of the day, I feel like the atheists and agnostics are “laughing at,” while I keep insisting on “laughing with.” I have friends in both camps. Why is that so unusual?