The Flying Spaghetti Monster is real. The deity was on the agenda for discussion at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Diego.
From the San Diego Union-Tribune (24 November 2007)
But as scholars can testify, what gives meaning to some is an anathema to others. Just ask the four young graduate students who gave a presentation at the American Academy of Religion on the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster grew out of a backlash against biblical creationists in Kansas who wanted intelligent design taught in public schools as an alternative to evolution. The movement's founder dashed off a letter to the state school board demanding his theory also be taught: that the world was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster.
Fueled by the Internet, the craze became a pop culture hit. Its followers are known as “Pastafarians.” Its icon is a spoof of Michelangelo's “Creation” portrait, with Adam reaching out to touch a noodle.
Spoof? Why is this faith any less valid than any of the others?
I mowed the rest of the lawn after I returned home from work today.