12 October 2011
Praise His Noodly Appendages
When I was in fifth grade my brother told me about a flying spaghetti monster. I looked at him with confusion. Little did I know that he was talking about a religion. He told me about the religion of Pastafarianism but only very little about it other than it was “a religion headed by a being with many noodly appendages and considers pirates to be holy figures.” Being an immature child, I did not look further into it. Recently when I was given the opportunity to reopen my interest to Pastafarianism I agreed to fully research the topic.
I first decided to look upon the foundations of the religion. I knew nothing about it, so I decided that it would be a good place to start. It is based on the foundation of being against the theory of intelligent design. The original concept of Pastafarianism came about from the Kansas Board of Education approving the teaching of intelligent design in the classroom. This had been approved by President Bush and Senator Bill Frist in 2005. This is when “Bobby Henderson, a 25-year-old with a physics degree from Oregon State University, had a divine vision. An intelligent god, a Flying Spaghetti Monster, he said, 'revealed himself to me in a dream'” (Boxer). He did not want intelligent design taught in public schools, so he decided to take matters into his own hands by writing a letter to the Kansas Board of Education claiming that not only one type of intelligent design should be taught in the classroom. Mr. Henderson demanded equal representation for Pastafarianism as well as Christianity or he would sue the school system. After this letter was sent, Mr. Henderson received copious amounts of emails. Ninety-five percent of those emails were supporting letters for the teaching of Pastafarianism in the classroom. The idea of Pastafarianism took the nation by storm as Uncyclopedia and Wikipedia both included entries and a contest was...