Barrett Fletcher sported a colander on his head on Tuesday as he delivered the opening prayer to a local government meeting in Homer, Alaska.
Fletcher, a pastor of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, invoked his noodly deity in his remarks, saying, "So I'm called to invoke the power of the true inebriated creator of the universe, the drunken tolerator [sic] of all the lesser and more recent gods, and maintainer of gravity here on Earth. May the great Flying Spaghetti Monster rouse himself from his stupor and let his noodly appendages ground each assembly member in their seats."
Fletcher's prayer was not received very well by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. No one stood except for those who did not have seats, one man turned around to face the wall, and people kept their hats on.
He concluded his prayer, of course, by saying, "Ramen."
The American Civil Liberties Union along with several plaintiffs successfully sued the borough after it approved a 2016 policy saying that invocations could only be delivered by people who belong to official organizations with an established presence in the area.
The Alaska Supreme Court ruled that the policy was unconstitutional. One of the plaintiffs in the suit, Iris Fontana, delivered an invocation in June while representing the Satanic Temple. About a dozen people left the assembly chamber when Fontana said, "Hail Satan."
I would like to think that these kinds of prayers from the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and the Satanic Temple, could show lawmakers the silliness of prayers in legislative meetings, but I am not going to hold my breath.