"Celebrating" Christmas at the "Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster"
During the holiday season, many Americans take time to seriously and respectfully reflect on Judeo-Christian religious beliefs. Not so for one website, the "Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster" (FSM), a pro-evolution satire against intelligent design. They exhibit no interest in treating Christian holidays with respect. To celebrate the season, they are selling Christmas cards which show a dead Christian fish symbol. Other Christmas Cards portray Michelangelo's well-known "Creation of Adam" painting on the Sistine Chapel, but the FSM cards have God replaced by the "Flying Spaghetti Monster." Another graphic promoted on the page shows a nativity scene where Jesus is replaced by the "Flying Spaghetti Monster." I can appreciate humor, but it's also clear that the FSM images are intended to mock traditional religion:
Sample Imagery on the "Flying Spaghetti Monster" Website which Mocks Judeo-Christian Religion:
What is the "Flying Spaghetti Monster"?
For those who don't already know what "FSM" is all about, according to the London Guardian's FAQ on intelligent design, "Flying Spaghetti Monsterism" is "a satirical 'religion' created by Bobby Henderson, a physics graduate of Oregon State University." The website reports that FSM began when Henderson "wrote to the Kansas Board of Education in June 2005, alerting them to the many people who believe that a Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe, and demanding that science lessons be split three-ways: '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.'" The FAQ then explains that "Henderson's point is that the concept of a Flying Spaghetti Monster is every bit as rational a concept as intelligent design."
Also known as "Pastafarianism," FSM is obviously a satire and a joke. As such, I can appreciate the humor and I will admit, even though I am a Christian with a Jewish heritage, sometimes the FSM website really makes me laugh. But there's a deeper issue here. Aside from the anti-Christian Christmas cards, the FSM website sells "The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster," which is a mockery of the Christian New Testament. Anyone who has ever studied the paraphernalia in a Christian bookstore will recognize that the FSM shirts with dead Christian fish symbols and the word "Truth" are mocking Christianity. They even sell an FSM car icon to mock the "Jesus fish" icon. I've seen a couple FSM car icons on the road here in Seattle. It's funny, but clearly the FSM concept aims to mock those who seriously believe in Judeo-Christian religious views.
Yet FSM is reportedly "endorsed" by about 50 Darwinist academics, who presumably see nothing wrong with this mockery of religion. Below are some of the comments from the scientists and other academics who have apparently written to Bobby Henderson to express support. While it's easy to play along and laugh about all of this, consider also the mindset of these Darwinist scientists and other academics as they write their comments:
Finally, there is an "academic endorsement" from someone named "E. Scott":
"Pastafarianism attempts to explain the origins of the universe, and does so with as much or more validity (and more gusto!) than ID creationism. And maybe many people find a sense of ultimate purpose in the universe by believing in the Flying Spaghetti Monster. But such beliefs are based upon faith, not science. In fact, considering His active distortions of observable data, science cannot comment upon these beliefs at all, and must proceed in it's usual manner -- testing hypotheses based upon observable data. Whether these data have been altered by His Noodliness is moot; a difference which makes no difference is not difference. ... I'm off to The Old Spaghetti Factory for worship."
While much of this is witty and fun, these comments reveal an underlying anti-religious mindset by these Darwinist academics who "endorse" FSM in a tone which mocks traditional Judeo-Christian religion.
I'm not one who mocks, so whether you worship God or mock Him, and whether you had a turkey or spaghetti and meatballs for Christmas dinner, I sincerely hope you have had a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, and a safe holiday season.