Bobby Henderson was just a guy writing to the Kansas Board of Education about their decision to include Intelligent Design theory in their curriculum alongside the Theory of Evolution. His concern was that they would only allow ONE Intelligent Design theory to be taught, and set out to show the foolishness and idiocy of the Board’s decision. He did so by creating his own religion, based upon the Intelligent Design of one noodly appendage known as The Flying Spaghetti Monster.” Now he’s a prophet and spiritual leader to thousands worldwide who experience daily the Passion of the Spaghetti Monster!
Low and behold, the mighty carbohydrate creature became an institution to contend with as Henderson wrote a book and created a website that spread the Gospel of the FSM to eager believers all over the world. This witty and often downright hilarious book tells of the beliefs behind FSM, and the religion of Pastafarianism that is gathering followers faster than pasta gathers sauce. This book is intended to prove a point - and a very important one - but it does so in the most creative way possible, by literally creating a religion that rivals anything taught in Bible School.
Henderson, a 26-year-old physics graduate, creates a detailed gospel complete with its own creation myth, value system, and even a description of heaven. But in the case of FSM, we are taking about an invisible and undetectable flying monster made of spaghetti and two strategically placed meatballs, a value system that consists of not Ten Commandments but eight “I’d Really Rather You Didn’ts,” and a heaven made up of stripper factories and beer volcanoes. Add to this the rituals of pastafarian prayer that end with RAmen, the relationship between global warming and pirate population, the true mathematical equations proving FSM theory is true, the fact that evolution theory is a farce because we share more DNA with pirates than with chimps, and a whole lot of other outright hilarious stuff, and you’ve got one of the most fun and fastest growing religions I can think of.
Ultimately, the Kansas Board of Education has not yet decided to include FSM in their Intelligent Design curriculum, but who cares? Buy the book, join the religion, and bow down in worship to the great Noodly Appendage. Oh, and be nice to pirates. Apparently, they are like the Wise Men.
Gotta go stir my sauce!.