Monday, October 16, 2006
The Flying Spaghetti Monster.
O.K., this is a good one. References to the Flying Spaghetti Monster have been around for some time. I thought they were funny but was not quite sure where it came from or what exactly was being referred to. So, I finally looked it up.
From Wikipedia: The Flying Spaghetti Monster is the deity of a parody religion founded in 2005 by physics graduate Bobby Henderson to protest the decision by the Kansas State Board of Education to require the teaching of intelligent design as an alternative to biological evolution. In an open letter on his website, Henderson professes belief in a supernatural Creator that resembles spaghetti and meatballs called the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and calls for Pastafarianism to be taught in science classrooms, essentially invoking a reductio ad absurdum argument against the teaching of intelligent design.
Followers of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) call themselves Pastafarians, a portmanteau of pasta and Rastafarian.
I love the quickie artwork of TFSM creating mountains, trees, and a midget and the graph showing the Average Global Temperature (in degrees C.) vs. the Number of Pirates. Make sure you look up the open letter to the Kansas School Board. I am going to have to use this in many upcoming arguments.