But good luck to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. They deserve equal time.
Flying Spaghetti Monster demanding equal time
Mankind has many religions — Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism — and don't overlook Pastafarianism.
At least, I think that's what it's called because the “religion's” adherents refer to themselves as Pastafarians. It's more commonly known as Flying Spaghetti Monsterism, or FSM.
Maybe you haven't heard of FSM. Its Pastafarians believe that a being known as the Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe.
But, according to an Associated Press story, discussions of their beliefs will be on the agenda this weekend when religious scholars convene in San Diego for the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion.
Nobody takes the Pastafarians seriously, least of all the Pastafarians, but serious scholars think the religion's growing fame in popular culture raises important questions about the essence of religion.
According to the AP, Pastafarianism emerged in 2005 during a debate in Kansas over the teaching of intelligent design in public school science classes.
Supporters of intelligent design question the validity of evolution theory and believe that the complexity of the universe is so great that science alone cannot explain it. Critics see it as religious faith masquerading as science.
A guy named Bobby Henderson, a young physics graduate, sent a letter to the Kansas School Board. He facetiously claimed to speak for 10 million followers of a being called the Flying Spaghetti Monster and demanded that their views be given equal time.
“We have evidence that a Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe. None of us, of course, were around to see it, but we have written accounts of it,” Henderson wrote. As for scientific evidence to the contrary, “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.”
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