Flying Spaghetti Monster Takes On Kansas School Board

The Flying Spaghetti Monster “Move over, Darwin. Stand aside, Intelligent Design.

The idea that a Flying Spaghetti Monster created the world is demanding equal time in Kansas biology classrooms.

In his corner are three moderate state school board members and a prominent Topeka attorney. They say this concept makes about as much sense as proposed science standards, favored by the board’s religious conservative majority, that encourage schools to criticize evolution while they teach it.

Bobby Henderson of Corvallis, Ore., created the tongue-in-cheek deity and an accompanying mythology on the origin of mankind to satirize the Kansas Board of Education’s ongoing flap over evolutionary theory.

…Although invisible, the spaghetti monster is generally depicted as a giant wad of pasta with two eyestalks flanked by a pair of meatballs.

Spaghetti monsterism, or “pastafarianism,” boasts a cosmology as bizarre as its deity.

According to its creed, the monster created the world starting with a mountain, trees and a midget, and continues to guide human affairs with his “noodly appendage.” Heaven is depicted as having a stripper factory and a beer volcano.

True pastafarians are expected to dress in pirate regalia, in keeping with their founder’s discovery of a statistical correlation between global warming and the decline in the number of pirates since the 1800s.”