I'm really enjoying watching the buzz around the Flying Spaghetti Monster phenomenon. The Church of the FSM is a made up way of explaning the creation of the Universe.
The offer stands to pay any individual $1,000,000 if they can produce empirical evidence which proves that Jesus is not the son of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
The concept behind it deals with the fact that we must remember that there are multiple theories of Intelligent Design.
Intelligent Design IS a very interesting concept.
BUT, who is to say WHICH theory of Intelligent Design is to be taught, by law, in many classrooms.
All of this sprouted forth when the Kansas State Board of Education voted 6-4 to send the latest draft of state science standards for external review. The latest draft, based on the so-called minority report was composed with the aid of a local "intelligent design" group, the Intelligent Design Network, systematically deprecates the scientific status of evolution.
The seeming ridiculous nature of the made-up religion is in direct revolt to the policy makers' bent toward teaching an Intelligent Design based on God as many, but not all, in our society have agreed it to be. Some may argue that the Christian-based Intelligent Design is unprovable, just as the FSM diety. So why is it being forced upon our students?
It's a brilliant example of free thinkers asking critical questions.
I feel a lack questioning of the highest levels of policy makers.
Here's some questions I have: If Jesus is to be emulated, why are there so few people emulating Him? He said "Blessed are the peace makers." How do any of these people expect to hitch a ride on the Ol' Rapture Express after a lifetime of creating death and destruction. And, if some people see Jesus in a tortilla, or the Virgin Mary on a grilled cheese sandwich, where does the Flying Spaghetti Monster show up to avoid redundancy?