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The Church Of The Flying Spaghetti Monster

Updated on October 12, 2008

Open Letter To The Kansas School Board

I am writing you with much concern after having read of your hearing to decide whether the alternative theory of Intelligent Design should be taught along with the theory of Evolution. I think we can all agree that it is important for students to hear multiple viewpoints so they can choose for themselves the theory that makes the most sense to them. I am concerned, however, that students will only hear one theory of Intelligent Design.

Let us remember that there are multiple theories of Intelligent Design. I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster. It was He who created all that we see and all that we feel. We feel strongly that the overwhelming scientific evidence pointing towards evolutionary processes is nothing but a coincidence, put in place by Him.

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Flying Spaghetti Monster hood ornament.
Flying Spaghetti Monster hood ornament.

The Church of The Flying Spaghetti Monster was little-known until 2005. After the Kansas School Board voted six to four in 2005 to require Intelligent Design to be taught alongside evolution in science classes, Pastafarian Bobby Henderson wrote an open letter to the board, pointing out that the identity of the Designer was a matter of religious faith, and requesting that his Deity, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, be included on the curriculum alongside the Christian Deity, God.

The open letter brought this otherwise shy and retiring church into the public eye for the first time.

The Flying Spaghetti Monster (or Spaghdeity) is the deity of Pastafarians. They accept, as an article of faith, that the word was created by the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and that any apprent evidence to the contrary is being manipulated by The Flying Spaghetti Monster's Noodly Appendages for reasons known only to Himself.

In a reply to Bobby's letter, one of the minority members of the school board expressed the view that Pastafarianism was just as logical as the Theory Of Intelligent Design. It has not yet, however, been added to the curriculum in Kansas.

The mainstream media quickly picked up on the Flying Spaghetti Monster as a significant challenge to the proponents of including Intelligent Design in school science curricula.

Henderson's letter not only lambasted creationism, it also poked fun at the propensity for confusing correlation with causality. His open letter tracked the decline in the numbers of pirates globally with global warming, and expressed the view that unless we started rebuilding our pirate population, the Flying Spaghetti Monster would punish us all by warming the globe to uninhabitablility.

Later converts have created International Talk Like A Pirate Day on September 19th, in the hopes of enticing unbelievers to at least help stave off our sweaty fate by pretending to be pirates, at least for one day.

The Flying Spagetti Monster Appears in Germany

I think we can all look forward to the time when these three theories are given equal time in our science classrooms across the country, and eventually the world; One third time for Intelligent Design, one third time for Flying Spaghetti Monsterism, and one third time for logical conjecture based on overwhelming observable evidence.

Bobby Henderson

The central belief of Pastafarianism is that there is an invisible and undetectable Flying Spaghetti Monster, which created the entire universe "after drinking heavily."

The religious text of the Pastafarian religion is called the Loose Canon. It contains the Eight I'd Really Rather You Didn'ts.

All evidence for evolution was planted in an effort to test Pastafarians' faith - a form of the Omphalos hypothesis used by creationists to explain away the evidence for evolution. When scientific measurements, are made, for example, such as radiocarbon dating, the Flying Spaghetti Monster "is there changing the results with His Noodly Appendage."

The Pastafarian belief of heaven describes it as containing beer volcanoes and a stripper factory.

Hell is similar, except that the beer is stale, and the strippers have VD.

In August 2005, in response to a challenge from a reader, BoingBoing.net announced a $250,000 challenge, later raised to $1,000,000, for "Intelligently Designed currency" by other bloggers, payable to any individual who could produce empirical evidence proving that Jesus is not the son of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

The prize has not yet been claimed.

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On February 13, 2007, the Kansas school board voted six to four to reject the science standards established in 2005.

In November 2007, Villard commissioned Bobby Henderson to write The Gospel Of The Flying Spaghetti Monster, paying him a reported $80,000 advance.

Also in November 2007, the American Academy Of Religion's annual conference included a panel on Pastafarianism.

While the five academics drew laughs while discussing topics like meatballs, pirates and "saucy baptisms," they spent most of the time discussing how the faith illuminates their own debates over the secular versus the profane, the fake versus the real, and the roles of communities and parody in religion.

Central questions included - is this all it takes to start a religion? A self-styled prophet and some publicity? Or is something more required?

Original hand drawing of the Flying Spaghetti Monster creating the world.
Original hand drawing of the Flying Spaghetti Monster creating the world.

What do YOU think? Is this a real religion or not?

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      tess-mess 6 years ago

      Today I was so hungry and was looking desperately for food and then, suddenly, in my fridge I saw appearance of holly flying spagheti monster and he said to me :

      Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled, so come and drink my holly souce it is my blood and come and eat my eyes they are your bread, and I was filled ….

      Ramen

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      bdb3393 6 years ago

      this is about as stupid as you can get, the fact that a man created a religion just to contridict christanity and it prospered shows how pathetic some people are......

      ill bet the IRS agents in the movie theaters dont want us to know about the atomic bombs and volcanoes right????

      im throwing out all my spaghetti laftovers

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      surlyoldcat 6 years ago

      OMG this is so silly, irreverence is such a great thing. Been reading about the FSM for a good part of the AM here, and I am loving every second of this.

      I always wondered why companies like Barrilla did so well...they have the blessing of the Mighty Noodley One.

      May the Sauce be with you.

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      Baileybear 6 years ago

      that's funny. Will link to my hub about anti-evolutionists where I have mentioned the FSM

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      It's just me 7 years ago from Alaska

      Hmmm fighting fire, hell and damnation with spaghetti sauce whoda thunk? Cute

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      loubeeloo 8 years ago

      woohoo... i sought & i found... & it tasted good!

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      Inspirepub 8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      lol, ernesthub - does she have angel hair?

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      earnestshub 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Jenny I always new there was something about spaghetti but when I put my finger on it, my wife would hit me.Do you think she could be the anti pasta?

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      Inspirepub 8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Wow, one of the Chosen Ones, you are. May you be Touched By His Noodly Appendage ...

      Jenny

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      Silver Freak 8 years ago from The state of confusion

      Hey guys, I LIVE in the very place wher the FSM game to grant his beneficient knowlege to the cosmos, FSM vs. Topeka Board of Ed. Can't wait to see that one in the history books!

      FOFLMAO!

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      Ivana 8 years ago

      Let the world decide....The FSM is competing all month long at AwesomeOff.com

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      Rudra 9 years ago

      Mee too

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      BeautyKazoo 9 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      I love Italian!

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      Inspirepub 9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Ah, yes, I can't think why it hasn't been spotted before! The angels were created by the Flying Spaghetti Monster, too - the proof is in the hair ...

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      Roberta Kyle 9 years ago from Central New Jersey

      hmmmmm or different pastas-- like linguini or <

      tah dah--- angel hair:-)

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      Inspirepub 9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      ROFLMAO

      I wonder if there will be splinter sects of the Church with different pasta sauce recipes?

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      Roberta Kyle 9 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Praise pasta-- It's a miracle. I've just had an intense conversion experience. I've been touched-- I'm speaking in laughs and am going to make a pilgrimage to Kansas--this hub puts the &quot;inspire&quot; in inspirepub:-)

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      Inspirepub 9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Just make sure you consume it with a properly reverent attitude ...

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 9 years ago from New Zealand

      Actually no - Ive never taken communiion, I was of the era where you had to be confrimed first and my first rebellion was not to get confrimed. Later it seemed silly to take it even though I know you don't have to be confirmed anymore - at least with the Anglicans! However you have a point and I am pleased to be able to put pasta back on the menu!

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      Inspirepub 9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      What do you mean, you can't eat the Divine, Lissie?

      Haven't you ever been to Communion?

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      John Welford 9 years ago from UK

      Well done you Aussies! You're restoring my faith in human nature!

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 9 years ago from New Zealand

      That's it I am giving up spagetti from here on it - you can't eat the divine can you?

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      Hope Alexander 9 years ago

      May his noodlyness bless you...

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 9 years ago from New Zealand

      ROTFL hurting myself laughing! Please include some extra tags for those seeking enlightement though - &quot;born again&quot; springs to mind! I have included this hub in my list of humours religous hubs!

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      About-The-Home 9 years ago

      Most Powerful and Loving Flying Spaghetti Monster, look with favor upon thy faithful servant Inspirehub and help guide her in her mission to spread thy name.

      Bless us all and let not thy hangovers take away the pleasures of thy gift of beer.

      GerryM