BC Author Includes Spaghetti Monster Story


North Vancouver writer Patricia Bowles put the cults of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and the Flying Macaroni Monster in her children’s book, unaware that there was a BC chapter of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. .

North Vancouver children’s author Patricia Bowles was intrigued when she read a Glacier Media article about the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster BC Chief’s Battle on Pirate Hats with ICBC.

Bowles recently released her children’s book, Butternut Island Irish.

It was part of the North Shore Author’s Collection this year and in the North Shore and Bowen Island Libraries; the book not only has the church of the flying macaroni monster but also the church of the flying spaghetti monster.

It was the story of Grand Forks resident Gary Smith that piqued her curiosity.

Smith, also known as the captain of the church, says his pirate hat is part of his church’s religious headgear.

Smith identifies as a Pastafarian and a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Members have been known to wear either a pasta strainer or a three-cornered hat known as a pirate tricorn on their heads.

Smith wants ICBC to allow him to wear his pirate hat in his driver’s license photo; however, the state corporation sent a letter to Smith saying the pirate hat is “unacceptable.”

Smith says ICBC should allow the photo request just as it already did for his marriage commissioner ID and for his firearms acquisition license.

“I didn’t realize there was a chapter in BC,” Bowles said of the Spaghetti People. “Maybe it will give my book more credibility.”

And she admires Smith: “You have to admire the audacity he will do after ICBC.”

“They’re not against religion,” she said. “They are against crazy religious nonsense.”

Bowles has written what she calls a children’s action book, inspired by English author Richard Adams’ Watership Down.

It is a project that she decided to carry out during the confinement linked to COVID-19.

“I found that I wrote better about animals than people,” she said.

The story involves a small clan of deer and Tilley the deer mouse. They are threatened by the Hooples, a gang of birds led by Captain Peter Pileated and a cult of coyotes. The last are the Macaroni.

The coyote’s leader is modeled after former US President Donald Trump.

The story takes place over a few days in the midst of a terrible virus and three dogs come to the rescue: Irish the Sighthound and Irish setters Mary and Mickey.

The story is set on the west coast of Canuckland and unfolds over several days as the virus ravages the community.

In one section, one of the deer, Rose, trots off when she feels something pinch her hooves.

“To her horror, she sees a pair of coyotes,” the book says. “She soon realizes that they are near the coyote den where missionaries from the Church of the Flying Macaroni Monster are looking for new recruits to join their mad cult.

“The Church of the Flying Macaroni Monster was created to oppose the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster,” the book states. “This last cult believes in science and facts. The first rejects all scientific explanations of the origins and development of mother nature.

Rose fears coyote missionaries will capture her herd, forcing them “to belong to that cult of pasta worshipers who believe the universe was created by a flying macaroni monster.”

While Smith argued for the right to wear a pirate hat — or maybe a colander — in his driver’s license photo, Bowles agrees with his religious rights argument but is still torn.

“I agree, but I just can’t decide what headgear I’m going to wear,” she said.

A sequel is in the works, but the spaghetti monster cult will be gone, the author added.

“The macaroni crowd? They didn’t leave. They will come back,” Bowles said.

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