United Press International reported on Monday that several Pastafarians were detained in Moscow for holding an unsanctioned "pasta procession."
Eight members of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster were arrested after attempting to hold a "pasta procession" on Saturday in celebration of Robert De Niro's birthday as De Niro once played a character nicknamed Noodles in the film "Once Upon A Time in America." The pasta procession was disrupted by Russian riot police and members of God's Will group, an organization headed by Orthodox activist Dmitri Enteo. God's Will has recently held multiple rallies against homosexuals, the punk group Pussy Riot, and the Darwin Natural History museum. Members of the Orthodox activist group sprayed ketchup on participants in the procession before it was dispersed by police who claimed the procession was not sanctioned by authorities.
Earlier this month, Russia implemented legislation that makes "insulting the religious sensitivities of believers." The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster could certainly be perceived as a slight mockery of organized religion. The "religious" organization resulted from a sarcastic letter Bobby Henderson sent to the Kansas Board of Education over the teaching of Intelligent Design in schools. Pastafarians believe that gravity is a hoax and things manage to stay on the ground and not float away because the invisible Flying Spaghetti Monster holds them down with his noodly appendages.