Official Website of The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster http://www.venganza.org/
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is an internet phenomenon that spawned form the outrage of Bobby Henderson. In 2005 Bobby wrote an open letter to the Kansas State Board of Education condemning them for allowing teachers to teach intelligent design as a viable alternative to evolution in public schools. In this letter he described how his beliefs that a supernatural being that resembles spaghetti and meatballs directly affects carbon dating by reaching out and touching the skeletons with “His Noodly Appendage”. He argues that this belief has just as much scientific merit as intelligent design and should thus be taught in class. This idea quickly spread throughout the internet and many were soon calling themselves Pastafarians. This “church” and its “followers” main objective is to satirize the idea of teaching a religious concept as scientific fact. From this single idea spawned an entire parody of religion.
The most important tenant of this church is to reject all dogma preached, but some basic beliefs are central to being a Pastafarians. The first is the creation of reality. Pastafarians believe that the universe of was created by the Flying Spaghetti Monster while being severely drunk. The fact that he was drunk is why the world is flawed. Another belief is that pirates were the first Pastafarians and that the decrease of pirates is the cause of global warming and other natural disasters. These pirates were not the bloodthirsty thieves that everyone seems to believe they were. In fact the pirates were, in truth, peaceful travelers that explored the oceans. The current view of these pirates is due to Christian misinformation. There are many holidays that Pastafarians celebrate. Every Friday is considered a holy day. The end of prayers to the Flying Spaghetti Monster are ended with a respectful Ramen instead of Christianity’s Amen. More specific holidays include Pastover, Ramendan, and Holiday. This church has two holy texts including The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and The Loose Cannon.
This church is a masterful use of satire and skepticism to fight strict religious dogma and attempts to incorporate intelligent design in scientific curricula. Some praise the church for its mockery of intelligent design and others use it as a way to promote atheism. The website includes sightings, propaganda, responses to criticism, and posts from followers. Bobby Henderson maintains the stance that the followers of his religion truly believe in the Flying Spaghetti Monster and that the church is not a congregation of atheists. It is interesting to wonder at what this church will become in the years that follow. Will we one day look back upon Christianity like we do at the Greek and Roman myths? What will take its place, maybe the Flying Spaghetti Monster?
Further information about the religious teachings of the prophet Bobby Henderson can be found in The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster which you can purchase at http://www.amazon.com/Gospel-Flying-Spaghetti-Monster-ebook/dp/B000SEGJ80/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382315438&sr=8-1&keywords=the+flying+spaghetti+monster