His Noodly Appendage

His Noodleship

I have seen the light. I am now a born-again Pastafarian and follower of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. I worship at His online church.

For those of you who have never heard of His Noodleship, the FSM is the creation of a man named Bobby Henderson. During the infamous attempt by a Kansas school board to introduce Intelligent Design into science courses he wrote them an open letter which is well worth reading.

In it he expressed the belief that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster and, on the basis that this was at least as likely as ID, insisted that FSM should also be taught. He offered a wonderful example of correlation as causation noting the fact that as piracy declined the global temperature increased. He also explained awkward C-14 dates by letting us know that the FSM changed the results with His Noodly Appendage.

It is a piece of satire worthy of Jonathan Swift. Moreover, it seems to have taken on a life of its own. FSM t-shirts, samplers, birthday cakes and sundry other manifestations have proliferated. One follower has even spotted the FSM in an organic molecule. It’s all on the website.

I’m not completely sure why it should be so popular but as soon as I read it I was a convert. It must the mixture of humour, imagery and the brilliant refutation-by-absurdity of the travesty that is Intelligent Design. ID deserves the derision of Christians and Scientists both and I am pleased to see the FSM doing His bit.

Henderson proposes in his letter that science should be taught as follows: 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.

All hail his Noodliness!

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