January 3 2006, 2:50 PM
If you have not heard of the theory of earth's creation that involves the deity called The Flying Spaghetti Monster, I urge you to take a look at the web site www.venganza.org. This explains a lot to me that was heretofore unexplainable in simple evolutionary texts. I may be a little slow catching on to this theory, but it wasn't until the idea of The Flying Spaghetti Monster appeared in The New York Times last week that somebody brought it to my attention:
After the Kansas decision, Bobby Henderson, who variously describes himself as a concerned citizen, amateur pirate and a person of negligible education, created the on-line Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, which holds that "an invisible and undetectable Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe." This dogma is no less worthy of inclusion in science classes than intelligent design, the F.S.M. movement asserts on Mr. Henderson's Web site, venganza.org.I wrote a few weeks back about Intelligent Design and the possible efforts of Colorado Sen. Greg Brophy to tackle the issue in the state legislature this year, and the idea of The Flying Spaghetti Monster is a great way to counteract the idea that a non-scientific theory should be taught in Colorado science classrooms. I say, fine, but if we're going to agree to that, then let's also agree to teach students about The Flying Spaghetti Monster. This is a great way to argue an issue that is religious-based and inherently hard to argue against otherwise; it is impossible, after all, to argue with someone who insists they are correct because "God says so." There's really nothing you can say to that rebuttal, because someone who uses that response as their logical argument isn't interested in having a logical argument. Instead, they should be given a choice: we'll teach your child about Intelligent Design, but you also have to let us teach them about The Flying Spaghetti Monster. Anybody who is cool with that idea has proved Intelligent Design wrong -- because then there surely is no intelligent design in the room.