Saturday, July 24, 2010

Pastafarianism... holy meatballs!

i came across this wiki on stumbleupon. i must have lol'd at leat a dozen times.



The Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) is the deity of the parody religion[1][2] the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster or Pastafarianism.[3] Created in 2005 by Oregon State physics graduate Bobby Henderson, it was originally intended as a satirical protest against the decision by the Kansas State Board of Education to permit the teaching of intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in public schools. In an open letter sent to the Kansas State Board of Education, Henderson parodied the concept of intelligent design by professing belief in a supernatural creator which closely resembles spaghetti and meatballs. Henderson further called for his "Pastafarian" theory of creation to be allotted equal time in science classrooms alongside intelligent design and evolution. He explained that since the intelligent design movement uses ambiguous references to an unspecified "Intelligent Designer", any conceivable entity may fulfill that role, even a Flying Spaghetti Monster. After Henderson published the letter on his website, it rapidly became an Internet phenomenon and a symbol for the case against teaching intelligent design in public schools.
Pastafarian beliefs—generally satires of creationism—are presented both on Henderson's website, where he is described as a "prophet", and in The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, published by Villiard Press in 2006. The central belief is that an invisible and undetectable Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe. Pirates are revered as the original Pastafarians, and Pastafarians facetiously assert that a steady decline in the number of pirates has resulted in a significant rise in global temperature. Pastafarians celebrate every Friday as a holy day. Other Pastafarian holidays include Ramendan, Pastover, and a vaguely defined holiday near Christmas named "Holiday".
On Henderson's website visitors can share ideas and purchase crafts devoted to the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Such communal activities attracted the attention of three religious scholars, who organized a panel at the 2007 American Academy of Religion meeting to discuss the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Due to its popularity and exposure, the Flying Spaghetti Monster is often used as a modern version of Russell's teapot. While generally praised by the media and endorsed by individual members of the scientific community, the Flying Spaghetti Monster has received criticism from the intelligent design hub Discovery Institute, the ministry Answers in Genesis, and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Self-described Pastafarians spearheaded efforts in Polk County, Florida, to dissuade the local school board from adopting new standards on evolution and have engaged in other disputes.


read the whole wiki herehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Spaghetti_Monster

1 comment:

  1. I too have been touched by His Noodly Appendage. xD

    FSM is awesome. <3

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