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While there are many different techniques for painting foam cosplay pieces, this is the method I use for metal armor that works really well for me. So I have typed out exactly what I do in hopes that it will maybe help someone.
I specifically used this technique for foam Iron Man armor, but it can be used for most metal props.
warning: very pic and text heavy
Much of what I’ve seen the Flying Spaghetti Monster used for, aside from a good chuckle now and then, is illustrating the privilege that the religious enjoy within American society. The example that springs to mind is someone being able to wear a pasta strainer as a hat in a driver’s license photo because they claimed it was part of religious garb. Head coverings are allowed for official state ID only if they’re part of religious attire.
The question might be, then, why would a person want to wear a pasta strainer on their head, since they obviously don’t believe in the associated deity? It should be obvious why the believer does- the symbol has meaning for them! I’m not sure I’d call that a privilege, unless non-believers really think they’re missing out on wearing ridiculous garments, for some reason?
Additionally, it’s a good absurd example for people who ask “But how do you prove God isn’t there?” The answer being “I can’t. But I also can’t prove that there isn’t a Flying Spaghetti Monster who created everything, and you don’t believe in that.”
But the question isn’t what the “unprovable God” looks like, whether male or female or pasta, but the fact that atheism is no more a proven concept than theism… but theism seeks to explain a very basic question that, thus far, atheists(generally) have not: Why are we here, and where did we come from? FSM doesn’t answer those questions, which are the most relevant to the God-issue. Not appearance.
Not a problem, I understand.
I see the comparison of the Flying Spaghetti Monster as exemplifying the trouble with many in the atheistic/anti-theistic movement, in the way they go about attacking faith. First, it’s not a logical argument against religion, nor FOR anything else(questionable whether it’s intended to be)- so what’s the point? It questions nothing about theology(which most atheists are uninterested in), it doesn’t provide a realistic comparison for God(strawman fallacy), and it doesn’t point out what might be actual problems with religious belief(though many religious people are capable of doing this themselves!).
Why do they use it at all? …Most likely, because doing any of the things that I mentioned would be a lot harder than mocking someone else’s belief. It demands nothing more from the one using the FSM example than the ability to memorize a few catchy internet slogans, and it makes their opponent angry, and consequently, foolish for arguing with them. For the atheist, it’s a “win” with no risk and no effort. For the Christian, it’s a loss the moment it begins.
Frustrating as it may be, there’s just no reason to answer that particular “challenge.” It’s not an attack on faith or religion for anyone wise enough to realize- as you noted- that religion is a lot more complex than that. Thus, there’s nothing to defend, and the atheist in question wasn’t planning on listening anyway. Walk away :)
And that is not a Strawman fallacy because the only usual comparison is that Christian’s claim God is there with no evidence and the claim that the Flying Spaghetti Monster is there also has no evidence. As far as I’m aware, the Flying Spaghetti Monster ordered far less genocides in the relevant lore.
If by “the only usual comparison” from Christians means, “Christians who are no more familiar with theology than atheists who use the FSM example are”, then I might agree with you. But the church itself and apologists who study these questions have been doing so for thousands of years… and comparing FSM to their work is most definitely a strawman fallacy! Your last sentence is also an argument-by-outrage fallacy. The question of whether God exists is irrelevant to the question of whether you like or agree with things He might have said.
It should also be said that a person’s inability to argue well has no bearing on whether their particular belief is true… and that is so regardless of whether the person in question is religious or atheist.
Thanks for the comments. :)
Etsy is such a dangerous place to go when you don’t have gobs of money to waste. I just want all the mermaid and Harley Quinn things lol. Thanks for the directions down the rabbit hole harleyquinnoa ;). Maybe I can splurge a little next month.
I would like to say I’m sorry, but I encourage purchasing of ALL the Harley Quinn and Mermaid things!
LETS PLAY THE “TYPE THESE WORDS IN YOU R TAG BOX AND POST THE FIRST AUTOMATIC TAG THAT COMES UP” GAME: DIRTY WORD ADDITION OK
I think I’m slowly becoming a Lolita craz
All I wanna do is spend stuff on Lolita clothes T-T
But I also want a cosplay….but but the Lolita is calling out to me.
Disneyworld needs to make a rollercoaster based off of the ride Yzma and Kronk take to the lair. When the ride starts, Yzma’s voice yells “pull the lever, Kronk!” and the ride starts to move backwards so she yells “wrong lever!” and it shoots you forward.
WHY IS THIS NOT HAPPENING?!