bill-swift - October 2, 2012
First Pussy Riot, now Greek Pasatafarians. An unidentified Greek dude was arrested for "cyber crimes" and "malicious blasphemy" for making a stupid Pastafarian joke about a revered Greek Orthodox leader on Facebook. On his page, that makes fun of religion, he called the popular dead holy man Elder Paisios "Gerontas (Elder) Pastitsios". Pastitsios is a delicious Greek pasta dish not unlike lasagna. This lame joke is in reference to a pedantic mock-religion named Pastafarianism, which assert their belief in the absurdity of the existence of God, by pretending to worship "The Flying Spaghetti Monster". Pastafarians are usually those really annoying know-it-alls that were probably heavily involved in speech and debate and masturbating to Sailor Moon. So, the question is: As with Pussy Riot, why are these governments and their orthodox churches overreacting to such stupid jokes?
You might recall from our riveting coverage, that three members of the crappy punk band Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in prison for singing a terrible song about Vladimir Putin in a Russian Orthodox cathedral. Now the Greeks arrest a guy for a similarly stupid stunt. There have been mass demonstrations in Greece over the guy's arrest. We should, of course, condemn these acts of draconian censorship on the part of the government and celebrate that we live in the U.S. where you can say whatever the hell you want. But I feel compelled to tell the Orthodox church and the Greek and Russian government that these attempts at protest are soooo unbelievably lame and unfunny that they are no threat to them. No one takes douchey Pastafarians or hairy-pitted art school chicks in masks seriously. You only give them any kind of power by your reaction. So, ignore them. You've been around for 2,000 years. The Pastafarian guy will eventually abandon the page so he can play more Warcraft in his mom's basements. Don't you have bigger problems than this, Greece? Like, almost bringing down the Euro?
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