Following a recent protest in the harbour town of Msida by Muslims demanding the use of a large garage as an Islamic meeting place, a group calling itself the Ghaqda Patriotti Maltin staged a counter-protest.
According to this report, they handed out pork sandwiches to passers-by and warned that the “Maltese race” was being placed in jeopardy by the high birth rate among Muslim women.
This prompted a third protest – by The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
CFSM adherents – also referred to as Pastafarians – some wearing colanders on their heads and eating freshly-prepared pasta dishes – gathered today in Msida and called for religious tolerance.
Spokesman Franco Farrugia, above, told reporters that he had decided to organise the rally because he was by the religious intolerance he’d seen in the last few weeks.
The Pastafarians also demanded that Malta provide them with a place of worship and grant them the right to:
Pray and eat spaghetti in public .
Another demand was for subsidies for Pastafarians on pasta, mince, tomatoes and garlic purchases and for the government to provide:
Kitchens and dinner tables were we can celebrate The Boiling as a congregation.
Other Pastafarian rituals, such as “The Holy Suck”, are detailed here.
The rally – the first large-scale gathering of its kind in Malta – comes at a time of feverish socio-religious debate in Malta and wider Europe.
The Ghaqda Patriotti Maltin group expressed surprise that:
Progressives were defending a Muslim culture that is stuck in the Middle Ages.
And it argued that:
This is a Catholic country, and they should leave if a bit of ham or a small crucifix offends them.
As a result of the Muslim gathering, the Government agreed to grant the temporary use of the Ospizio in Floriana for the local Islamic community’s Friday prayers.