Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
"Touched by His Noodly Appendage"
- First Found: May 2005
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, or Pastafarianism, is a parody religion invented by Oregon State physics graduate Bobby Henderson. In 2005, ole Bobby sent an open letter about a giant "Flying Spaghetti Monster" as a satirical protest against the decision made by the Kansas State Board of Education to permit to learnings of intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in public schools. You know, intelligent design...that nonsense no one teaches except for the Christian fundies. Mr. Henderson basically mocked the concept of intelligent design by professing belief in a supernatural creator of epic proportions that closely resembles a mass of spaghetti and meatballs.
After Henderson published the letter on his website, it quickly became an internet phenomenon. According to the Flying Spaghetti Monster website, Pastafarian (a combination of pasta and Rastafarian) beliefs are:
-We believe pirates, the original Pastafarians, were peaceful explorers and it was due to Christian misinformation that they have an image of outcast criminals today
-We are fond of beer
-Every Friday is a Religious Holiday
-We do not take ourselves too seriously
-We embrace contradictions (though in that we are hardly unique)
On Henderson's website, the central belief is that an invisible and undetectable Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe. Pirates are revered as the original Pastafarians, and Pastafarians assert that a steady decline in the number of pirates over the years has resulted in a significant rise in global temperature.
Due to its popularity and media exposure, the Flying Spaghetti Monster is often used as a modern version of Russell's teapot. Masters of the universe argue that, since the existence of the invisible and undetectable Flying Spaghetti Monster—like some OTHER proposed supernatural beings—cannot be falsified, it demonstrates that the burden of proof rests on those who affirm the existence of such beings.
Spawned from an open letter to the Kansas State Board of Education in May 2005. Upon hearing no response, he publicly posted the letter on the internet. Shortly thereafter, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster was born.
Since 2005, it has grown into an internet phenomena, and some may argue, an actual religion. It has spawned two books, "The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster" and "The Loose Cannon".