Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Son of Intelligent Design


Actually, the Flying Spaghetti Monster is more an outgrowth of intelligent design. The sons of intelligent design will be "sudden emergence" or "abrupt beginnings" or some other junk science that will be pulled over the public's eyes. If it looks like creationism, it smells like creationism, and it sounds like creationism, it must be intelligent design....or sudden emergence....or something.
Worship of the Flying Spaghetti Monster - "Pastafarianism" as it is known to its adherents - began as a whimsical side dish in last year's standoff between advocates of evolution and intelligent design. FSM, as it is known to its followers, took shape in a protest letter to Kansas officials who were embroiled in a controversy about how to teach students about the origins of life. The parody religion leapt from those pages to become an Internet phenomenon, finding fans among supporters of the theory of evolution - and receiving e-mailed threats of bodily harm from evolution's opponents.

"I wrote the letter for my own amusement as much as anything. And it totally snowballed. Some people say I'm going to hell," says FSM's 25-year-old creator, Bobby Henderson, who recently moved from Oregon to Arizona, partly to escape the uproar.

It looks like the story behind the story all these months later is that proponents of intelligent design are a violent bunch. Judge Jones, the prophet Bobby Henderson...

Seriously, before anyone thinks I'm pimping for FSM, this is no disrespect to those who have faith. I'm a person of faith, for Buddha's sake. (Believe it or not, my faith is in the goodness of human beings, aka the true self, aka buddhanature. I know, read the newspaper and the goodness of human beings doesn't seem possible. Go ahead. Laugh.) It is disrespect, though, for the ID snake oil salesmen who try to claim that the "designer" could be anyone or anything. Fine, then make way for FSM. And don't forget Mike Argento's theory that cows think in spanish.

Andy in the HBG

2 Comments:

Blogger RADAtheist said...

What's so amusing about FSM is that so many people in this country think it's just a joke because the beliefs are so out there, and obviously fictional.

But these same people don't seem to understand why it's not ok to force one religion over another into the classroom just because they believe their own religion is real.

For the record, RADAtheist.com welcomes pastafarians with open arms and finds them much easier to reason with than other religions :-)

3:46 PM  
Blogger Axinar said...

What I have always found truly remarkable is that given the profound and staggeringly beautiful "poetry", if you will, that can be found in the instructions in the DNA that allows one to say, digest an apple, for whatever reason the Fundamentalists always seem to prefer the immeasurably lesser "art", if you will, found in such stories as humanity being created by magic from clay.

Even if there is a God, it is a profound tragedy that most of those who claim to be most on the side of God do not have even the tiniest modicum of the intelligence necessary to truly appreciate the creativity of such a concept.

8:09 PM  

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