I am writing you with much concern after having read of your hearing
to decide whether the alternative theory of Intelligent Design should
be taught along with the theory of Evolution. I think we can all agree
that it is important for students to hear multiple viewpoints so they
can choose for themselves the theory that makes the most sense to them.
I am concerned, however, that students will only hear one theory of Intelligent
Let us remember that there are multiple theories of Intelligent Design.
I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe
was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster. It was He who created all that
we see and all that we feel. We feel strongly that the overwhelming scientific
evidence pointing towards evolutionary processes is nothing but a coincidence,
put in place by Him.
It is for this reason that I’m writing you today, to formally request
that this alternative theory be taught in your schools, along with the
other two theories. In fact, I will go so far as to say, if you do not
agree to do this, we will be forced to proceed with legal action. I’m
sure you see where we are coming from. If the Intelligent Design theory
is not based on faith, but instead another scientific theory, as is claimed,
then you must also allow our theory to be taught, as it is also based
on science, not on faith.
Some find that hard to believe, so it may be helpful to tell you a little
more about our beliefs. We have evidence that a Flying Spaghetti Monster
created the universe. None of us, of course, were around to see it, but
we have written accounts of it. We have several lengthy volumes explaining
all details of His power. Also, you may be surprised to hear that there
are over 10 million of us, and growing. We tend to be very secretive,
as many people claim our beliefs are not substantiated by observable evidence.
What these people don’t understand is that He built the world to
make us think the earth is older than it really is. For example, a scientist
may perform a carbon-dating process on an artifact. He finds that approximately
75% of the Carbon-14 has decayed by electron emission to Nitrogen-14,
and infers that this artifact is approximately 10,000 years old, as the
half-life of Carbon-14 appears to be 5,730 years. But what our scientist
does not realize is that every time he makes a measurement, the Flying
Spaghetti Monster is there changing the results with His Noodly Appendage.
We have numerous texts that describe in detail how this can be possible
and the reasons why He does this. He is of course invisible and can pass
through normal matter with ease.
I’m sure you now realize how important it is that your students
are taught this alternate theory. It is absolutely imperative that they
realize that observable evidence is at the discretion of a Flying Spaghetti
Monster. Furthermore, it is disrespectful to teach our beliefs without
wearing His chosen outfit, which of course is full pirate regalia. I cannot
stress the importance of this enough, and unfortunately cannot describe
in detail why this must be done as I fear this letter is already becoming
too long. The concise explanation is that He becomes angry if we don’t.
You may be interested to know that global warming, earthquakes, hurricanes,
and other natural disasters are a direct effect of the shrinking numbers
of Pirates since the 1800s. For your interest, I have included a graph
of the approximate number of pirates versus the average global temperature
over the last 200 years. As you can see, there is a statistically significant
inverse relationship between pirates and global temperature.
In conclusion, thank you for taking the time to hear our views and beliefs.
I hope I was able to convey the importance of teaching this theory to
your students. We will of course be able to train the teachers in this
alternate theory. I am eagerly awaiting your response, and hope dearly
that no legal action will need to be taken. I think we can all look forward
to the time when these three theories are given equal time in our science
classrooms across the country, and eventually the world; One third time
for Intelligent Design, one third time for Flying Spaghetti Monsterism,
and one third time for logical conjecture based on overwhelming observable
Bobby Henderson, concerned citizen.
P.S. I have included an artistic drawing of Him creating a mountain, trees,
and a midget. Remember, we are all His creatures.
Support the Cause? Sign the petition -added 11/29/05
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You can purchase this one-of-a-kind Plush FSM on eBay - All proceeds go to the National Center for Science Education! here. Auction ended - Sold for $510.00 !!
The FSM think tank, the Enlightenment Institute, needs your help in finding evidence to support His existence. Science Creative Quarterly is helping us get started by offering a fantastic prize of $100 worth of Ramen (~1000 packets) for the best evidence that the Flying Spaghetti Monster exists. Check out the rules of the contest at SCQ and submit your entries directly to them.
$100 = X 1000
FSM on CNN - download the clip here (24MB. Right click, save)
(Wolf clearly looks Touched)
8/14/06 - A random plume of smoke, or evidence of His existence? You Decide
8/13/06 - Hoobastank's new album Every Man for Himself contains in the CD insert a special thanks to Him: ..."and the flying spaghetti monster for inspiration and guidance above. May all be touched by his noodly appendage. RAMEN..." Check it out here
8/12/06 - FSM sighting in the New York Dolls music video Dance Like a Monkey:
8/10/06 - Many have asked for this, a new shirt design:
... available on many types of shirts,etc, at the cafepress store here
8/8/06 - Added some new desktop wallpapers, including widescreen wallpapers in resolutions of 2560x1600 and 1920x1200 (pictured), in the wallpaper section.
8/3/06 - I've put the Hate Mail (and concerned criticism) on a blog here (opens in new window)
7/25/06 - I'm in the process of re-designing the Hate Mail section. Check it out here
7/4/06 - I am hearing that there is an FSM myspace virus going around. I had nothing to do with it. I'll put a fix up as soon as one is found.
Updated: Step by step directions to remove the infected code here
5/24/06 - Review of the Gospel in June 06 Scientific Americanhere
5/10/06 - The Oregonian: 'Pastafarians' get holy writ, with marinara. here
5/9/06 - Concerned criticism from a family friend: "Bobby: Have you forgotten your roots? Was the time in Sunday School a total waste? You were not raised to perpetuate the nonsense of your middle of the night spoof to make a point. Have you forgotten that you are an Eagle Scout, and there are certain moral responsibilities you should be upholding. The words you spoke when you received that great honor did not include blasphemy and irresponsible garbage. You are offending the members of your extended family who truly do believe in God as the master of our universe. You are profiting from a foolish notion at the expense of fools, and even if this is all a joke gone completely outrageous, you will meet your true maker one day. I do believe God has a wonderful sense of humor, I just hope He can overlook the words of a foolish child as just that, foolish. I'm not a zealot, just a friend who wonders where all this will end. Put your obvious intelligence to work for a cure, or a solution. Remember, you quit your job in Las Vegas because it was asking you to do something you knew was wrong, YEA Bobby, for that you can be commended. When those who will always love you just shake their heads and wonder, maybe you should do the same. And I say this with love and respect for the person you are."
5/8/06 - This may be the youngest member of the church.
4/23/06 - Wichita Eagle - Lessons in wielding authority - Despite Kansas School Board member Connie Morris's objections, the FSM poster still hangs on Randy Mousley's science classroom door.
Morris was upset: "They are very serious about claiming to be a religion," she said. "We know it's a satire. I don't mind the ridicule; it comes with the job. But I do personally object to my own religious beliefs being ridiculed, and that's what the Pastafarians delight in doing."
"These Pastafarians, she said Wednesday, have sent her at least a thousand e-mails since last fall."
U. of Wisconsin Advance-Titan - Intelligent Design and evolution fear spaghetti monsters. “Welcome to the wonderful world of religion, where beer volcanoes, stripper factories, and a noodly creator wait you in heaven as told by evangelical Pastafarians in full pirate regalia." - here
Wichita Eagle - Reader views: is FSM a fitting mascot?here
4/18/06 - FSM propaganda at the House of Blues in Las Vegas here
4/14/06 - Kansas City Star - They did the monster mash. "First evolution. Then sex ed. Now add satire to the list of what some Kansas school board members would remove from the public schools" - here
4/13/06 - Wichita Eagle - Creature's picture irks Board of Ed member. "State Board of Education member Connie Morris took exception Wednesday to a picture of a made-up creature that satirizes the state's new science standards hanging on a Stucky Middle School teacher's door." here
Arizona Daily Wildcat - Modern prophet wanders through desert, loads up on carbs.here
4/12/06 - The Gospel is available in bookstores everywhere.
3/27/06 - USA Today - Spaghetti Monster is noodling around with faith.here
Kansas City Star - This Gospel finds satire in Kansas. here
3/24/06 - Chicago Sun Times - Gospel by pasta sticks it to religion's funny bone. This is a very good article, all about the book. here
FSM mentioned in Al Jazeera - A blessing for evolution. here
3/16/06 - AZ Central: Church that reveres 'Flying Spaghetti Monster' finds growing follwinghere
3/3/06 - Mormon display at MIT is replaced with FSM display... here
2/28/06 - The hate-mail / religious-mail section has been updated with a few emails like this: "Please watch what you say, your blasphemy is pleasing the devil. Do you really want to spend eternity in hell where there will be weeping and knashing of teeth? The devil is using you as his vessel to mock the Truth so that you may discourage people from believing in it in order for that you and others may be eternally damned."here
2/27/06 - IMPORTANT - Kansas needs your help: Please read this message from moderate School Board Member Sue Gamble - here
2/17/06 - Check out the University of Texas SSA FSM Float here
2/16/06 - This is the best FSM sighting to date. The video was shot in Hamburg, Germany - download it here (1.3mb MPG) - thanks to Analog Square.
2/15/06 - Baltimore Messenger - Billboard Brings Evolution Debate Closer To Homehere
2/10/06 - World-famous scientist and writer Richard Dawkins speaks out about the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and our responsibility to provide evidence of His existance. "... It is just on the evidence. it certainly is not a matter of faith. I mean -
if one is trying to make the case that it takes as much faith to be an atheist as to be a believer, then you would have to say that is true of anything one might postulate, not just the God of the Bible, but Thor and Wotan and Apollo and the Flying Spaghetti Monster. In all those things, you can not actually disprove, but I don't think anybody would want to say that it's a matter of faith that there is no such thing as the Flying Spaghetti Monster. The onus is on the people who want to believe in the Flying Spaghetti Monster to find evidence that [He] is there." - Listen to Mr. Dawkin's interview here
- the FSM comments occur at about 16 minutes into the interview.
1/30/06 - Scientific American - The Pastafarians Speak!here
1/28/06 - FSM spotted on the UK TV show The IT Crowdhere
1/16/06 - Valentine's Day is coming up. Why not send FSM E-Cards this year? They're free and you'll be helping to spread the Word. Go to the card generator here
1/14/06 - Hammer of Truth - Even as Philosophy, Intelligent Design Under Fire. "After all who wouldn’t like to see the Flying Spaghetti Monster in some philosophy textbooks?" here
Check out the Glutenheim Museum - Presenting an impressive collection of museum-owned and loaned collections, including a 360° Vision of the Holy Plush here
1/9/06 - Scientific American - The Flying Spaghetti Monster and Ihere
Science and Theology News - One man's spoof becomes internet phenomenonhere
The California Aggie Online - Holy Spaghetti!here - Note - the site does *not* receive "200 million hits a day".
12/19/05 - A note about the FSM Holiday season. People keep asking me what the FSM winter holiday is called - Ramendan, Pastamas, etc. Clever (not really), but no. Our winter holiday is named "Holiday", and stretches most of December and January. Consider how much our religion has spread over the last couple years; how many schools and businesses refer not to the "Christmas season", but to the pastafarian "Holiday season" instead? - Strong evidence of our rapid growth. A special thanks goes to Walmart, who rejected the Christian phrase "Merry Christmas" in favor of the Pastafarian greeting "Happy Holidays". We appreciate your support.
12/18/05 - Playboy helps out with the propaganda efforts here
UK comic strip The Bash Street Kids correctly identifies the true cause of global warming. here
More Holiday trees. Including a knitted FSM tree-topper. here
12/09/05 - American University's The Eagle offers a *totally un-biased*, *well-reasoned* article explaining why FSMism is contradictory to the spirit of the First Amendment, and other cogent arguments explaining how I am ruining the world. "If we stand by and let our peers follow Mr. Henderson's example then we are allowing them to slowly chip away at the foundations of liberty itself." Flying Spaghetti Monster mocks Christianityhere (Incidentally, this is the first time I've been blamed for the collapse of liberty.) Update - The Eagle has printed a response: Pastafarians just want to get along, not mockhere
12/08/05 - FSM Holiday tree - from that height, we all look like midgets.
12/07/05 - We appreciate the subtle propagandizing by the Pastafarians at LiveJournal. Check out the "happy holidays" banner. The letters on the stockings spell F S M -was this on purpose or a coincidence put in place by Him?
12/05/05 - Tim DuBay's Flash Guide to Pastafarianism here - it's amazing.
11/30/05 - More hate-mails added. Please send me more, nuts.
11/29/05 - Sign the Petition if you support the FSM Cause, and find out why you should buy the book.
11/28/05 - Dorm Living Room Window Propaganda at Pitt Greensburg - FSM Mural printed in 36 notebook-sized pages here.
Bickleton becomes the first high school to endorse FSM, albeit discreetly. Read this letter I received explaining it all here
11/24/05 - Researchers program E. Coli bacteria to act as film - and what do they find, but the FSM in all His glory - clearly a sign. This was all over the news: MSNBC - New Scientist - World Changing - CBC News
www.venganza.org site hits: September 1, 2005 - November 24, 2005= 108,503,201
11/23/05- FSM makes an appearance at the Stanford - Cal game here
FSM featured in the largest newspaper in Spain, El Pais: Una parodia del creacionismo en EE UU logra el éxito mediáticohere (in Spanish).
11/21/05 - Kinder des Spaghettimonsters - FSM Featured in one of Switzerland's largest newspapers. here
11/20/05 - FSM on Austrian Public Television: Die Lehre vom Nudel-Gotthere (In German)
The Oxford Student - Flying Spaghetti Monster Religion Lands in Oxfordhere
Hammer of Truth - Rethinking My Views on Intelligent Designhere
Northern Star - FSM would disapprove of terror wisheshere
11/17/05 - Propaganda in action: Pastafarians invade Catalinahere
11/11/05 - Interesting search rankings for this site:
"intelligent design" - #5 on google (Note: the Discovery Institute is #9. We win.)
"open letter" - #1 on google , #1 on msn
"letter" - #5 on google , #2 on msn
"kansas" - #11 on google
"bobby" - #5 on google
"open" - #40 on google
"intelligent" - #3 on google
"spaghetti" - #2 on google , #1, #7, and #8 on msn
"monster" - #5 on google
"where do midgets shop?" - #2 on google (Thanks to Mrs. Gooeld for this one. I suspect she has a midget fetish.)
11/10/05 - We were mentioned on CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer today. Transcript here (bottom paragraph: "One individual...")
More TV - Exclusive interview with the FSM on G4's Attack of the Showhere. You can watch the video from the site.
FSM on Der Spiegel: Etappensieg für die Bibelfrommenhere (german)
11/9/05 - University of Maryland DiamondBack Online: Flying Spaghetti Monsterism spreads its noodleshere
CommonGround: Intelligent Design? Use your noodle: here
The Kansas School Board voted, not surprisingly, to teach alternative theories to evolution, specifically Intelligent Design, without inclusion of Flying Spaghetti Monsterism in the curriculum. They claim all sides of the issue should be taught, but make no mention of the best established and fastest growing theory of our origins - FSM. This should only strengthen the resolve of Pastafarians everywhere. Spread the word - they can't ignore us forever!
11/5/05 - ReporterMag: Giving the Flying Spaghetti Monster His Sayhere
11/4/05 - Political support for FSM from Indiana House of Representatives speaker Brian Bosma: "I think it's fair to allow and perhaps require students to be taught that there may be more than one explanation for the creation of the world."
11/3/05 - MediaBistro - Inside the Flying Spaghetti Monster Book Dealhere
11/2/05 - Check out the Jennifer Bible - the best competing theory of our origins.
FSM Halloween Missionaries
Incredible FSM Clay-mation Video here (Right click, save) (1Mb). Created by Tony and Owen Thorpe. Thanks!
University of Wisconsin, Madison, FSM Sighting
FSM Vs. GOD
10/30/05 - IT World: Flying Spaghetti Monster Soarshere
Smith College The Sophian: Creationism in Schools and the Flying Spaghetti Monsterhere
10/16/05 - Philadelphia Enquirer: Evolving fight for religious icon here
FSM spotted in the Amazing SuperZeroes webcomic here
Much appreciated subtle FSM propagandizing by Overheard column writer Michael Malice. Look closely at the shirt he's wearing here and here
10/15/05 - Best license plate ever
10/14/05: Purdue's The Exponent: Here there be dragons. "The Flying Spaghetti Monster: An invisible and undetectable being made of spaghetti and meatballs, the Flying Spaghetti Monster claims to be the true creator of the universe and life on Earth; all evidence of evolution or other origins of life, his followers, the Pastafarians, say, are tricks to throw off the unbeliever. The FSM's hobbies include flying through the universe, touching things with his noodly appendage and pissing off proponents of intelligent design creation theories. He could be defeated by common sense or acceptance of basic scientific principles, if only either of those things existed." here
10/13/05: More evidence of the FSM: "Late Neolithic noodles: They may settle the origin debate." BBC News: Oldest noodles unearthed in China. here
1012/05: FSM blesses the University of Maryland here
10/9/05: - Pastamonster istället för Darwin here (Swedish newspaper - non-english)
Farked: " Upset that classes were cancelled for Jewish holidays, professor vows to cancel classes for any religious holiday his students suggest. Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster takes dibs on the entire month of October to celebrate Ramendan" here (link goes to comments page).
10/6/05 - Flying Spaghetti Monster invades Love Parade - San Francisco here
10/5/05 - Boston Globe: The timeless truth of creationhere
Pastafarianism metnioned in this The Daily Texan article about Talk Like a Pirate Dayhere
Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Deep in Space Lurks the Flying Spaghetti Monsterhere
WMTW in Portland, Maine mentioned the FSM project. here
UC Irvine's New University has an article about the FSM here
FSM mentioned in the Ithica Times Best of Ithaca. "Best Bank Teller: Joe Catlin, AFCU
"Thanks to all the members and coworkers who make working at Alternatives such a wonderful experience," says Joe Catlin. "I'm at a loss for words, I surely thought Kat would have won it again this year. It must have been close. Thanks again to all our members and to Alternatives. I'd also like to thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster, for I have been touched by His Noodly Appendage. Thank you so much."here
10/3/05 - Totally re-did the Sightings section. And added 100+ new sightings. here
10/2/05 - The Minneapolis Star Tribune printed the Open Letter, as well as an article about the growing FSM movement: A meatball view of creation. here
Fyodor Kondrashov has made a remarkable scientific discovery. To date, it is the best evidence of the existence of the FSM. Until I have a better place to post his work, I will link to it here. Read it, in .pdf form here
And some religious and hate mails here (added
Current favorite email:
Today I was blessed to receive a divine revelation from our Almighty
Flying Spaghetti Monster. I have the privilege of informing you
it is His will that I become His Bride, in order that the Savior
mankind (who is to be called Macaroni) may be born on this earth.
FSM has revealed to me that your body is to be the vehicle by which
his holy seed shall be transmitted in earthly form.
To that end, I have reserved a room for us at the Best Western
Inn, Boise, Idaho, for the evening of [removed]. I will be
the woman wearing the WWFSMD t-shirt and eye patch.
I look forward to meeting you and fulfilling the will of our noodly
Apparently there may be some problems with the mugs.
I have recently purchased one of your coffee mugs, but it is giving
no end of grief. Every time I put coffee, hot chocolate, or hot
the mug, it instantly transubstantiates into what I assume is the
of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. It sort of looks like marinara
but I'm afraid to taste it. Curiously, when I put wine into the
it just turns into a nice, full-bodied chianti -- beer does the
thing. Is there any act of sacrifice or ritual that I can perform
stop these miracles from occurring? While I bask in His greatness
I am truly awed by His power, I'm also kind of thirsty. Any advice
would be welcome.
Sebastian Wren, Ph.D.
I must lodge a complaint with CFSM for your undisciplined and thoughtless use of the term "noodly appendage." On or about the morning of January 6th, 2006, I was reading your web site with my morning cup of coffee and completely naked as is my usual practice. Upon encountering the aforementioned phrase, and in the context of your otherwise well reasoned manifesto, I uncontrollably spewed scalding coffee on my HP laptop, leg and privies. Mind you that at this very moment, my six year old son emerged from his morning slumber to find his father suffering an apparent petite maul, red faced and spurting brown liquid from his nostrils and mouth. Needless to say, he ran away in terror and is now in very expensive counseling. For my part, I have suffered severe burns to my various somewhat noodly appendages for which I seek compensation.
I am willing to forgive and forget, well at least forgive, if you promise to exercise some restraint in describing Him as "noodly". When combined with "appendage", I tend to suffer uncontrollable spasms reminiscent of my first encounter with Richard Prior or early Steve Martin bits.
Let's not involve the lawyers shall we? I'd hate to sue the chosen one into oblivion.
WHY YOU SHOULD CONVERT TO FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTERISM
Flimsy moral standards.
Every friday is a relgious holiday. If your work/school objects to
that, demand your religious beliefs are respected and threaten to call
Our heaven is WAY better. We've got a Stripper Factory AND a Beer
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING
"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.
"As a medical practitioner and scientist, I wholeheartedly
believe that every theory and hypothesis needs full consideration and
explanation with formal ratification by peer review. We have a duty to
inform our schools and presumably pasta should form a staple part of our
-- Dr. A. Macintyre (UK)
"Letting the religious right teach ID in schools
is like letting the Marines teach poetry in advanced combat training.
As a scientist, I see these the relevancy between the two sets to be equal.
If Kansas is going to mess up like this, the least it can do is not be
hypocritical and allow equal time for other alternative "theories"
like FSMism, which is by far the tastier choice." -- J. Simon, PhD
"One of the hardest things to do as a scientist
is to put my personal beliefs aside when discussing matters of science.
So as a professional, I have to say that both forms of Intelligent Design
- ID and ID-FSM are equally valid and if intelligent design is taught
in schools, equal time should be given to the FSM theory and the non-FSM
theory. But, speaking personally now, it seems to me the FSM theory is
MUCH more plausable than the non-FSM ID theory, because it is the only
one of the two that takes into account all the discrepancies between ID
and measureable objective reality." -- Professor Douglas Shaw, Ph.D
"In discussing competing theories, if one is to
present ID then it is only fair and logical to teach other theories with
commensurate evidence. Based on Mr. Henderson's letter, it is clear that
the FSM theory has evidence comparable in weight to ID. As a scientist
and professor, it is often difficult to present differing opinions in
an unbiased way. However, it is important to the student to be exposed
to these ideas to form their own opinions. This comes right out of the
handbook of the ID purporters: present the different "theories"
and let the listener decide. If those in favor of ID are so convinced,
then they should not be concerned that the presentation of the FSM theory
would serve to undermine the credibility of ID. " -- Elizabeth Garrett-Mayer, PhD
There are many, many more endorsements here (you should read them all).
Please send me an endorsement if you support the project.
Political Support - while technically
not "academic" endorsements, I think it's important to include
the support we've received from politicians:
"I think that part of education is to expose
people to different schools of thought. You're asking me whether or not
people ought to be exposed to different ideas, the answer is yes." --George W. Bush, President of the United States of America.
"All points of view should be available
to students studying the origins of mankind."
--Senator John McCain
is not a fact . . . We're dealing with censorship here. If we only taught
Shakespeare in English class, that wouldn't be fair."
-- Senator Chris Buttars
"I think it's fair to allow and perhaps require students to be taught that there may be more than one explanation for the creation of the world."
-- Brian Bosma, Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives