Wednesday, August 01, 2007

The Flying Spaghetti Monster

From Caught on the Bound's Department of Keep-Them-Guessing-What-We'll-Post-Next, we now present a brief overview of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Its adherents, often called Pastafarians, profess their belief in this Spaghedeity. The religion's primary prophet, Bobby Henderson, an Oregon State University physics graduate, revealed this Gospel in an open letter to the Kansas State Board of Education in reaction to their decision to allow Intelligent Design to be taught in school science classes.

Flying Spaghetti Monster is a sort of new take on Bertrand Russell's famous Teapot. The religion points out the arbitrariness of teaching only one "scientific theory" of Intelligent Design in schools, while others, such as the, uh, Christian version, are accepted.

Some interesting facts from the Wikipedia page:

-Official prayers are concluded with "RAmen."

-The Prophet Henderson put forth the argument that "global warming, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters are a direct effect of the shrinking numbers of pirates since the 1800s" (an illustration of how correlation does not necessarily mean causation). Accompanying chart here.

For those in spiritual starvation, know that there is always a noodly appendage for you to chew on.