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The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster was founded in Kansas in 2005 as a way to protest the state Board of Education's decision to incorporate "intelligent de sign" into public school science curricula.
Ian Harris, of the Church of the <B Flying Spaghetti Monster, with the photo-ID driving licence picture the DVLA rejected
Tasty, even, if you happen to be a "pastafarian" who believes the universe was created by the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
Other displays included a "Festivus" pole--a reference to a fictional holiday made famous by the "Seinfeld" sitcom--and a depiction of the "Flying Spaghetti Monster," a deity much beloved by adherents of a parody religion.
Santa still got his due, but the tone of the tradition changed considerably, with tributes to the Flying Spaghetti Monster (shown below), Poseidon, and the devil, along with a collection of inspirational secular quotes.
ABC News reports that Talk Like A Pirate Day is also a holiday for "Pastafarians, or those who adhere to the beliefs of the satirical (http://www.venganza.org/) Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster ."
I say the Flying Spaghetti Monster did it, and three thousand years of the wisest philosophers' and theologians' arguments support my claim equally well.
BEHOLD THE Flying Spaghetti Monster, noodle-god of the Pastafarians.
The rotunda in 2013 housed a nativity scene, an atheist-themed message, a six-foot tall "Festivus Pole" made of beer cans and a rendering of the Pastafarian Flying Spaghetti Monster --yet the Temple was denied access on the grounds that the proposed display was offensive.
"Pastafarian" is the name adopted by individuals who consider themselves members of (http://www.venganza.org/) the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. The faith, based in satire, promotes a message that "the only dogma allowed in the Church of Flying Spaghetti Monster is the rejection of dogma." Members believe in the existence of a flying omnipotent Speghetti Monster.
Christian organizations like the American Family Association and Concerned Women for America believe gangsta rap is almost as much of a threat to society as gay marriage, but when was the last time you heard 50 Cent give a shout-out to that faux-deity of so many atheist in-jokes, the Flying Spaghetti Monster? God and Jesus, on the other hand, are hip-hop icons, praised more often than Grandmaster Flash and Hennessy cognac.
The state approved a nativity scene, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and several other religious and secular displays.