The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster located at http://www.venganza.org is the world’s newest (joke) religion and growing faster than Mormonism. Pastafarianism (get it?) was set up in response to Intelligent Design, which is a lot of things to a lot of people – all of them negative.
ID is an attack on science, first and foremost. This is intellectual dishonesty, and short sighted policy being instigated at the grass roots by people who enjoy the benefits of living in a scientifically advanced society. From medical treatments to cars with internal combustion engines to the internet and TV, and even just indoor lights and plumbing, nobody wants scientific research to end.
So what is the American Christian Taliban doing? Evolution seems to be the mechanism God chose to bring about life on Earth – as taught in the Book of Genisis thousands of years ago. The fact that we’ve only learned this through science 150 years ago proves the Divinity of the Bible to me. But snake handler Baptists in the southeast think God used a different means of making us. It’s ok to disagree on theological questions like what parts of the ancient texts should be taken literally and which are poetic, but it’s not ok to hijack education to teach your own idea of God’s will.
And the Flying Spaghetti Monster is a response to this extremism. It fights fire with fire, and with silliness. Here’s what people are saying about it
“As a scientist, I’d like to say that the currently accepted scientific theory is evolution. But, some competing ideas have been proposed, such as ID and FSMism, and discussion to include one should include the other, as these ideas are equally valid.“
– Mark Zurbuchen, Ph.D.
Notice the FSM is a symptom, not a cause in this. Ignorant pseudo Christians who project their own insecurity onto others are the cause of this backlash we’re seeing. Shocking as it may sound, our best move is to follow Jesus’s teachings and treat others with the respect we deserve from society. Christianity has lost too much public respect and opened itself to ridicule by the likes of FSM, because we stopped showing society any measure of respect. More important than being laughed at is that some (the loudest) of us have stopped behaving as Christians.