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The '''Flying Spaghetti Monster''' is a [[parody]] that began as a critique of the [[Kansas Board of Education]]'s decision to allow the teaching of [[intelligent design]] in public schools. Arguing that intelligent design was a thinly-veiled attempt to bring [[religion]] into the classroom, Bobby Henderson constructed "Pastafarianism" as a new theological system and argued that it too should be taught alongside evolution and intelligent design.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/27/AR2005082700019.html?nav=most_emailed Verbatim: Noodle This, Kansas - Washington Post]</ref> on the notion of "teaching the controversy."
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[[File:FSM anti.svg.png|thumbnail|250px|right|At London South Bank University, images of the Flying Spaghetti Monster have been banned.<ref>[http://coelsblog.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/why-are-british-student-unions-imposing-islamic-rules/ Why are British Student Unions imposing Islamic rules?]</ref> Muslims were offended by the Flying Spaghetti Monster.<ref>[http://coelsblog.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/why-are-british-student-unions-imposing-islamic-rules/ Why are British Student Unions imposing Islamic rules?]</ref>
  
[[Richard Dawkins]] uses the flying spaghetti monster in his book ''[[The God Delusion]]'' attacking belief in [[God]].
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According to Google trends data, public interest in the Flying Spaghetti Monster has fallen - as has interest in evolutionary ideas.<ref>*[http://www.google.com/trends/explore#q=%2Fm%2F0ycv4dw Flying Spaghetti Monster - Google trends data worldwide]
Some people use a purported belief in the Flying Spaghetti Monster and Pastafarianism as a thinly-veiled attempt to mock [[Christianity]] by reducing it to the level of an invented [[religion]] like Pastafarianism.
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*[http://www.google.com/trends/explore#q=%2Fm%2F0ycv4dw&geo=US&cmpt=q&tz=Etc%2FGMT%2B4 Flying Spaghetti Monster - Google trends data for the United States]
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*[http://www.google.com/trends/explore#q=%2Fm%2F0ycv4dw&geo=GB&cmpt=q&tz=Etc%2FGMT%2B4 Flying Spaghetti Monster - Google trends for Google UK]
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*[http://www.google.com/trends/explore#q=evolution%2C%20theory%20of%20evolution%2C%20Charles%20Darwin&cmpt=q&tz= Worldwide interest in evolutionary ideas]
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*[http://questionevolution.blogspot.com/2012/05/jesus-vs-richard-dawkins-and-pz-myers.html Jesus vs. Richard Dawkins and PZ Myers - Jesus wins!]
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*[http://www.google.com/trends/explore#q=Jesus%2C%20Charles%20Darwin&cmpt=q&tz= Worldwide online interest in Jesus vs. worldwide online interest in Charles Darwin]
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*[http://questionevolution.blogspot.com/2012/05/is-public-tiring-of-hearing.html How stale and boring is evolutionary indoctrination? Is the public fooled or are they suspicious? What is the trend?]</ref> Meanwhile, [[global creationism]] is growing.]]
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The '''Flying Spaghetti Monster''' is the deity of "'''Pastafarianism'''", a [[parody]] [[religion]] that began as a critique of the Kansas Board of Education's decision to allow the teaching of [[intelligent design]] in public schools.  Arguing that intelligent design was a thinly-veiled attempt to bring [[religion]] into the classroom, Bobby Henderson constructed "Pastafarianism" as a new theological system and argued that, if schools wished to "teach the controversy," they should teach "Pastafarianism" alongside evolution and  intelligent design.<ref>[https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/27/AR2005082700019.html?nav=most_emailed Verbatim: Noodle This, Kansas - Washington Post]</ref>
  
==Powers and Abilities==
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Since then, many [[Atheism|atheist]]s and [[secularist]]s have claimed to be "Pastafarians", implicitly using its obvious shortcomings to criticize actual religions, especially [[Christianity]].  More prominent [[Atheism|atheists]] and [[agnosticism|agnostics]] have also mentioned it, such as [[New Atheism|new atheist]] [[Richard Dawkins]] in his book ''[[The God Delusion]]''.
As stated on the official website, the powers of the Flying Spaghetti Monster are as follows:
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*Invisibility
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==Teachings==
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"Pastafarians" worship the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a flying pile of spaghetti and meatballs, by eating spaghetti and dressing in pirate regalia. "Pastafarianism" also holds pirates in high esteem, claiming that they were good men whose deeds were perverted by the media. They attribute [[global warming]] to the decrease of pirates, presenting graphs showing that global temperatures have risen over the past centuries in rough inverse correlation to the number of pirates.
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According to the letter by Bobby Henderson to the Kansas Board of Education, the Flying Spaghetti Monster has the following powers:
 
*Flight
 
*Flight
*Created the whole universe after a night of "Heavy drinking", thereby explaining it's flaws
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*Invisibility
*Plants evidence of evolution and alters carbon dating tests with his noodly appendage
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*Can travel through solid matter
*Can pass through solid matter
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*Can create and alter anything
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*Plants evidence and changes test results to confuse [[evolutionists]].
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== Decline in Google trend data for the term “Flying Spaghetti Monster” ==
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*[http://www.google.com/trends/explore#q=%2Fm%2F0ycv4dw Flying Spaghetti Monster - Google trends data worldwide]
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*[http://www.google.com/trends/explore#q=%2Fm%2F0ycv4dw&geo=US&cmpt=q&tz=Etc%2FGMT%2B4 Flying Spaghetti Monster - Google trends data for the United States]
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*[http://www.google.com/trends/explore#q=%2Fm%2F0ycv4dw&geo=GB&cmpt=q&tz=Etc%2FGMT%2B4 Flying Spaghetti Monster - Google trends for Google UK]
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== London South Bank University ban ==
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Rory Fenton, who is the president of the National Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secular Student Societies (AHS) declared in 2014:<ref>[http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/rory-fenton/atheism-students_b_5434739.html?utm_hp_ref=uk Atheist students must fight back]</ref>
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"...at London South Bank University our members were told they could not invite speakers who criticised religion at all, or even engage religious societies in debates, putting joining the South Bank Atheist Society on a par with joining the BNP. This February the same university banned images of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a satirical deity in which nobody believes, on the grounds that they were "religiously offensive".<ref>[http://coelsblog.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/why-are-british-student-unions-imposing-islamic-rules/ Why are British Student Unions imposing Islamic rules?]</ref>
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Muslims were offended by the Flying Spaghetti Monster.<ref>[http://coelsblog.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/why-are-british-student-unions-imposing-islamic-rules/ Why are British Student Unions imposing Islamic rules?]</ref> 
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{{See also|British atheism#Signs pointing towards a dramatic decline of British atheism in the 21st century|l1=Desecularization of Britain in the 21st century}}
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==See also ==
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*[[Santa syndrome]]
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*[[Atheism symbols]]
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*[[Essay:Evolutionist Spaghetti Monster]]
  
 
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== External Links ==
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== External links ==
*[http://www.venganza.org Official website of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster]
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* [http://www.venganza.org/ Official Website of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster]
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Latest revision as of 18:01, 4 May 2019

At London South Bank University, images of the Flying Spaghetti Monster have been banned.[1] Muslims were offended by the Flying Spaghetti Monster.[2] According to Google trends data, public interest in the Flying Spaghetti Monster has fallen - as has interest in evolutionary ideas.[3] Meanwhile, global creationism is growing.

The Flying Spaghetti Monster is the deity of "Pastafarianism", a parody religion that began as a critique of the Kansas Board of Education's decision to allow the teaching of intelligent design in public schools. Arguing that intelligent design was a thinly-veiled attempt to bring religion into the classroom, Bobby Henderson constructed "Pastafarianism" as a new theological system and argued that, if schools wished to "teach the controversy," they should teach "Pastafarianism" alongside evolution and intelligent design.[4]

Since then, many atheists and secularists have claimed to be "Pastafarians", implicitly using its obvious shortcomings to criticize actual religions, especially Christianity. More prominent atheists and agnostics have also mentioned it, such as new atheist Richard Dawkins in his book The God Delusion.

Teachings

"Pastafarians" worship the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a flying pile of spaghetti and meatballs, by eating spaghetti and dressing in pirate regalia. "Pastafarianism" also holds pirates in high esteem, claiming that they were good men whose deeds were perverted by the media. They attribute global warming to the decrease of pirates, presenting graphs showing that global temperatures have risen over the past centuries in rough inverse correlation to the number of pirates.

According to the letter by Bobby Henderson to the Kansas Board of Education, the Flying Spaghetti Monster has the following powers:

  • Flight
  • Invisibility
  • Can travel through solid matter
  • Can create and alter anything
  • Plants evidence and changes test results to confuse evolutionists.

Decline in Google trend data for the term “Flying Spaghetti Monster”

London South Bank University ban

Rory Fenton, who is the president of the National Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secular Student Societies (AHS) declared in 2014:[5]

"...at London South Bank University our members were told they could not invite speakers who criticised religion at all, or even engage religious societies in debates, putting joining the South Bank Atheist Society on a par with joining the BNP. This February the same university banned images of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a satirical deity in which nobody believes, on the grounds that they were "religiously offensive".[6]

Muslims were offended by the Flying Spaghetti Monster.[7]

See also: Desecularization of Britain in the 21st century

See also

References

  1. Why are British Student Unions imposing Islamic rules?
  2. Why are British Student Unions imposing Islamic rules?
  3. *Flying Spaghetti Monster - Google trends data worldwide
  4. Verbatim: Noodle This, Kansas - Washington Post
  5. Atheist students must fight back
  6. Why are British Student Unions imposing Islamic rules?
  7. Why are British Student Unions imposing Islamic rules?

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