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The Church Of The Flying Spaghetti Monster
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.
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.
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.
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?
- Official Church Of The Flying Spaghetti Monster Web Site
- The Flying Spaghetti Monster Game
Evangelise! Convert! Noodle!
- The Open Letter To The Kansas School Board
- Wikipedia On The Flying Spaghetti Monster
- The Uncyclopedia On The Flying Spaghetti Monster
More detail about Pastafarianism, although of doubtful authenticity.
- Flying Spaghetti Monster Merchandise From Cafepress