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Have you heard about the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster? It's a relatively new religion that was founded in 2005, and it has become quite popular among the younger generation.
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, or CFSM for short, is a satirical religion that was created in response to the teaching of intelligent design in public schools. But there's more to this religion than just a humorous take on creationism.
So break out the shaky parm and heat up the sauce. We're about to dive into ten things you never knew about the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
- The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster was created as a protest against intelligent design being taught in schools. Bobby Henderson, a physics graduate, wrote an open letter to the Kansas State Board of Education to argue that if intelligent design could be taught, then the Flying Spaghetti Monster should also be taught as a valid alternative theory.
- The official symbol of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is a spaghetti noodle intertwined with a meatball. This symbol can be seen on t-shirts, stickers, and other merchandise sold by the church.
- The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has its own holiday called "Talk Like a Pirate Day," which falls on September 19th. Why pirates? It's believed that pirates were the original Pastafarians since they wore colanders on their heads as a protection from evil spirits.
- The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is recognized as a legitimate religion in some countries, such as the Netherlands and New Zealand. In the United States, the church has tried to get recognition as a religion to receive the same benefits and protections as other religions.
- The members of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster are called "Pastafarians." They believe that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster and that pirates were his chosen people.
- The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has its own version of the Ten Commandments, which are called the "Eight I'd Really Rather You Didn'ts." These include things like "I'd really rather you didn't judge people for the way they look or how they dress, or the way they talk, or, well, just play nice, okay?"
- The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has its own version of the Lord's Prayer, which includes the phrase "Ramen" instead of "Amen."
- There are now over 100,000 registered members of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and it has become a popular religion among young people.
- The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has its own holy book, called the "Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster," which pokes fun at organized religion and the concept of intelligent design.
- The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has been the subject of numerous legal battles, including trying to get the right to wear colanders on their heads in driver's license photos. The church has also fought against attempts to teach intelligent design in schools, arguing that it violates the separation of church and state.
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster may have started as a protest against intelligent design being taught in schools, but it has become a legitimate religion with its own traditions, holy book, and followers.
Whether you're a fan of their satire or not, there's no denying that the CFSM has made an impact on modern culture. Whether they will continue to grow and gain recognition as a legitimate religion remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure – tit's an odd but interesting “pasta-time”.