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Holiday equality petition rejected, but not before FSM scripture reading - November 29, 2012

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Published on Nov 30, 2012

This is a follow up to November 27th's petition to the County Commissioners of West Chester, PA. See the original: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1OfWS...

Commissioners also rejected a long-standing petition by local atheists who want to erect a Tree of Knowledge, which was displayed until commissioners changed the rules in 2010 in response to public opinion.

Link to the Evangelical Pastafarian Church on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EvangelicalPa...

Link to the Freethought Society, the group behind the Tree of Knowledge petition:
http://ftsociety.org/

Text of Tracy's speech:

November 29, 2012

To The Commissioners of Chester County, Pennsylvania:

Good Morning Commissioners,

I am pleased to have to opportunity to speak with you again today. On Tuesday, my fellow Pastafarian Tommy Reistle of Coatesville and I addressed you to request that our religion be granted equal display rights on public property on the Courthouse lawn here in West Chester.

In the last 48 hours, many people have weighed in on this issue. I have heard from thousands of Pastafarians around the world and locally that they support putting up our Pastafarian Holiday Tree. Many Chester County Pastafarians who hoped to be here today are not able to due to the short notice and their work schedules. I know that you, Commissioner Farrell, have received multiple emails voicing support for this cause both from Chester County residents and concerned citizens nationwide. The Book of Solipsy, verse 72 commands us to "be active in your government, and stand against those things which are unfair and make no sense." These faithful Pastafarians are following Our Lord's command.

As I have explained before, my belief in the Flying Spaghetti Monster is very important to me. He teaches tolerance of those who do not share my faith in Him; in fact, this tolerance and acceptance is enshrined in our commandments. In The Loose Canon, Book of ProvHerbs, chapter 3, verses 32 and 33, it is written: Love thy neighbor as thyself, and share pasta and rum drinks galore, for in the eyes of His Noodlitude, we are all One. Let us love, not in word or speech, but in pasta and wine. In The Book of Solipsy, verse 8, it says "Begrudge not unto anyone the chosen spirituality that is helpful to them".

I want to be clear that I am fully in support of all other religions who wish to exercise their First Amendment rights in what should be a Free Speech Zone. I welcome my Christian and Jewish friends and neighbors to erect their displays. If my Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist, Muslim, Pagan, Persian, and African American friends wish to erect displays to honor their seasonal winter holidays of Diwali, Pancha Ganapati, Bodhi Day, Al Hijra, the Winter Solstice, Yalda, or Kwanzaa, I would speak up in support of them too. It is time that we all work together to find common ground, not to select our own personal beliefs, or even the most popular ones, and elevate them above the rest. As Thomas Jefferson so wisely said, "If the freedom of religion, guaranteed to us by law in theory, can ever rise in practice under the overbearing inquisition of public opinion, then and only then will truth prevail over fanaticism."

I ask you to nullify Resolution 58-10 and allow equal representation of all faiths in displays on the ground of the Chester County Courthouse. I am committed to seeing this happen and to pursuing the process needed to bring religious equality to Chester County.

Thank you for your time.

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