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Published: Monday, Dec. 23 2013 9:50 p.m. MST

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Contrariuser
mid-state, TN

@Brahmabull --

"If I eat spaghetti more then twice a week does that make me a religious zealot or an anti- flying spaghetti monster?"

As our Prophet Henderson has revealed, "the only dogma allowed in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is the rejection of dogma".

Therefore, eat as thou wilt.

The only dietary restriction of the Church of the FSM is enumerated in Suggestion #6 -- "6. Thou ought not consume "cheese" from a green cardboard can, nor ought thou allow such cans into thy homes ".

"Is the Flying spaghetti monster gluten free?"

All depastinations are welcomed, from amaranth to quinoa to whole wheat.

The Loose Canon, aka "A Really Important Collection of Words" -- which includes the Random Number of Suggestions -- is available for free download. Just Google "Loose Canon".

Ramen.

A Scientist
Provo, UT

To all readers,

Contrariuser preaches unto you an a-pastate doctrine. He brings darkness and deception, and must be destroyed. By decree of the FSM, followers of the one and only true and living FSM will hunt him down and inflict harm on him and his posterity unto the last generation!

His is a false pasta, a false sauce, having the form of noodliness, but denying the true authority that came down from the Olive Garden of Eatin'.

There will be a food fight!

Brahmabull
sandy, ut

Contrariuser

Haha. I am getting a kick out of your spaghetti monster parody... This is actually quite funny

Contrariusier
mid-state, TN

You should at least go read the Random Number of Suggestions, or the alternately stated "I'd Really Rather You Didn'ts". They are pretty great.

And the Loose Canon includes books with titles like:

The Book of Midgets
The Book of Fusilli
The Book of Fearsome Pirate Pete
The Book of ProvHerbs
The Song of Semolina
The Pastalms
The Book of Jeff

And many others.

If you appreciate Monty Python, they should give you a laugh.

Contrariuserer
mid-state, TN

@A Scientist --

"Contrariuser preaches unto you an a-pastate doctrine. He brings darkness and deception, and must be destroyed. By decree of the FSM, followers of the one and only true and living FSM will hunt him down and inflict harm on him and his posterity unto the last generation!

His is a false pasta, a false sauce, having the form of noodliness, but denying the true authority that came down from the Olive Garden of Eatin'.

There will be a food fight!"

Ahem. The true FSM does not "decree". He "suggests". Thus spake Our Prophet Henderson.

Besides, I come bearing dark chocolate-filled cannelloni and deceptively light ricotta-stuffed tortellini. Surely we can reach a pasta-ral accommodation? A meeting of the noodles?

Although I'm always up for a food fight. Tomatoes from the yardarms! Onions from the foredeck!

Contrariuserer
mid-state, TN

@A Scientist --

"Contrariuser preaches unto you an a-pastate doctrine. He brings darkness and deception, and must be destroyed. By decree of the FSM, followers of the one and only true and living FSM will hunt him down and inflict harm on him and his posterity unto the last generation!

His is a false pasta, a false sauce, having the form of noodliness, but denying the true authority that came down from the Olive Garden of Eatin'.

There will be a food fight!"

Ahem. The true FSM does not "decree". He "suggests". Thus spake Our Prophet Henderson.

Besides, I come bearing dark chocolate-filled cannelloni and deceptively light ricotta-stuffed tortellini. Surely we can reach a pasta-ral accommodation? A meeting of the noodles?

Although I'm always up for a food fight. Tomatoes from the yardarms! Onions from the foredeck!

brokenclay
Tempe, AZ

Dysteleology is in no way an insoluble problem for the Christian. In any event, the issue here is theological (theodicy) and not scientific (dysfunctional design does not rule out a designer).

See William Lane Craig's article, "Nature's Flaws and Cruelties."

The FSM as a parody misses the point it claims to address. Those who embrace the satire here have not put forth a rigorous natural theology to establish their claim (instead misrepresenting faith as fideism-- "I believe it's true, therefore it is." Natural theology establishes a number of attributes of the Designer-- including that he is immaterial. This attribute alone rules out the FSM, as well as almost all other deities concocted by humanity in history. Only a handful of candidates remain (i.e., deism, Judaism, Islam, Christianity, and perhaps others like Sikhism).

The FSM represents either gross ignorance of or an undeserved disrespect for a philosophical and scientific discipline that is more potent now than it has ever been at any other time in history.

See Craig's, "God and the Flying Spaghetti Monster."

Tyler D, many of your comments are even-handed, even if we don't ultimately see eye-to-eye. Thanks for that.

brokenclay
Tempe, AZ

I'd further point out that many versions of the dysteleological objection represent a sort of "naturalism-of-the-gaps" fallacy-- i.e., "we can't figure out a reason why the Designer would have allowed this, therefore, naturalism." If you want some good satire, here's a winner.

Ursa585
Aurora, CO

If religion would get out of public forums, it wouldn't be appropriate for secular people to leave mockeries of religion in public forums. As it is, it's hilarious to me that there are people who were offended by this, as though we, the people who take the separation of church and state were somehow invading their turf. Religion has no place in a state capitol, and so long as it does, mockeries of religion have a place in state capitols.

BurnEdOut
Racine, WI

"Although...the government should recognize it has its own form of speech that gets compromised..."

Um...where did you read ANYWHERE that the GOVERNMENT is allowed freedom of speech? Because the government does NOT have that right. The majority of amendments, particularly the first ten, are limitations on the rights of government and expansions of the rights of individuals. The separation of church and state precisely means that particular religions cannot be endorsed or enforced by an official governing body over others.

“The postal service can issue a stamp honoring Martin Luther King Jr. without also honoring the Ku Klux Klan." That has nothing to do with religion.

"Congress can celebrate Veterans Day without also celebrating Pacifists Day." That has nothing to do with religion.

"And Wisconsin can recognize Christmas and Hanukkah without also recognizing the Flying Spaghetti Monster,” according to the Becket Fund."
No they can't. Because that's endorsing which religious beliefs are "appropriate" and which ones are not.

The government is not 'compromising' its freedom of speech because that compromise was made when the bill of rights was formed. The terms of that compromise? Get your shrine off of state property.

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