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The Flying Spaghetti Monster's Got Company
And the same goes for Jesus and Allah and the god of Abraham, Issac and Jacob. A friend of a friend saw this on someone's car:

Zeus is God. Read the Illiad.

If you believe in the god your parents believe in, how come you're so sure he's the real deal?

If you're going to be irrational and believe in god, why not believe in a fun, interesting god, and become a Pastafarian, a worshipper of the Flying Spaghetti Monster?

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.[1][2]

Followers of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) call themselves Pastafarians, a word combined from pasta and Rastafarian.

Here are the tenets of the religion:

Henderson proposed many of the beliefs to parody common arguments by proponents of intelligent design.[2] These are the canonical beliefs set forth by Henderson:[3]

* An invisible and undetectable Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe, including a mountain, trees and a midget.

* All evidence for evolution was planted by the Flying Spaghetti Monster. The FSM tests Pastafarians' faith by making things look older than they are. "For example, a scientist may perform a carbon-dating process on an artifact. He finds that approximately 75% of the Carbon-14 has decayed by electron emission to Nitrogen-14, and infers that this artifact is approximately 11,000 years old, as the half-life of Carbon-14 appears to be 5,730 years. But what our scientist does not realize is that every time he makes a measurement, the Flying Spaghetti Monster is there changing the results with His Noodly Appendage. We have numerous texts that describe in detail how this can be possible and the reasons why He does this. He is of course invisible and can pass through normal matter with ease."

* The Pastafarian belief of heaven stresses two points. "A) It has beer volcanos as far as the eye can see & B) It has a stripper factory."[3]

* "RAmen" is the official conclusion to prayers, certain sections of The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and so on, and is a combination of the Semitic term "Amen" (used in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) and Ramen, a noodle. While it is typically spelled with both a capital "R" and "A", it is also acceptable to spell it with only a capital R.


Posted by aalkon at October 26, 2006 4:27 AM

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All hail His Noodly Appendages.

One of my favorite things about Pastafarianism is the importance of pirates. I always did think they were cool. YAR!!

I'm actually dressing my baby as FSM this year. Most people won't get it, of course, but she'll be adorable.

Seriously, I love Bobby Henderson. He makes it obvious that Pastafarianism is just as valid as Judaism/Christianity/Islam, etc. And as you say, at least it's a fun religion.

Posted by: Kimberly at October 26, 2006 5:15 PM

FSM blessed Dragoncon with an appearance this year.

When has God shown up?

Posted by: Radwaste at October 27, 2006 5:23 AM

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