Glossary Entry: The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) is an organization drawing special attention to religion’s disrespect of the separation of church and state. The organization puts a lighthearted spin on the serious problem of creationism being taught in public schools across the United States.
The Church was “created” by a man named Bobby Henderson. Mr.Henderson wrote an open letter to the Kansas School Board requesting that his alternative theory, that the world was created by a FSM, be taught in schools along with the other two theories, evolution and creation. Mr. Henderson explains that the FSM created the universe, none of His followers were there to see it, but they have lengthy written accounts of His powers and how He did it. The church’s website, www.venganza.org, has information about how to spread the word of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, plus evidence supporting the Flying Spaghetti Monster and His powers. The Church believes that their explanation of creation is just as logical as any other theory.
This is a great example of the power of new media. In the past, a church like this wouldn‘t have an outlet to entertain such ideas, but in today’s technologically driven society, anyone can create a website and tell the world what they think. Bravo.
Visit www.venganza.org for more information.

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