Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Flying Spaghetti Monster

From the files of WTF: A sculpture of what has been called the Flying Spaghetti Monster went on display outside a courthouse in Cumberland County, Tennessee. The Flying Spaghetti Monster sculpture was created as part of a protest. A protest against what, you ask? Against pasta? Against monsters? Against flying? Nope. None of the above. It was created to protest a legal battle in Kansas over evolution. Again, I ask, WTF?!? Ariel and David Safdie are the creators of this monstrosity. It is supposed to depict the "taste tempting god worshipped by adherents of the Pastafarian parody reglion which is practiced by the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster." Yeah, I read that sentence about six times and every time I failed to see how that has anything at all to do with evolution.

Perhaps this snippet from the installment ceremony will clear up what role this thing plays in the debate about religion, free speech, evolution and noodle dishes (although I fear that it will not):

"We are lucky enough to live in a country that allows us, its citizens, the freedom of speech. I have chosen to put up a statue of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to represent the discourse between people of all different beliefs. The many faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds of Cumberland County's residents make our community a stronger richer place.... The Flying Spaghetti Monster is a pile of noodles and meatballs, but it is meant to open up discussion and provoke thought. Being able to put up a statue is a celebration of our freedom as Americans; a freedom to be different, to express those differences, and to do it amongst neighbors -- even if it is in a noodley way."

OK, that told me absolutely nothing. Not only that, it even failed at the most basic level to address why something that doesn't fly, doesn't look like a monster, and only remotely resembles spaghetti (it seems more like fettuccine if you ask me) is called the "Flying Spaghetti Monster". And the only thing that it is going to "open up discussion and provoke thought" about is the sanity of it's creators. (By the way, "evolution" and "free speech"? Two totally different things! Please take note!) I mean, really, how many "faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds" do you think there really are in Cumberland County, Tennessee? Two? (I know that's stretching it a bit, but I am trying to be open minded here. And no, those foreign exchange students don't count.)

Oh, but wait! The Statue of Stupidity is not alone! No, unfortunately, there's more. Apparently, the stationary pasta replica is situated along side an Iraq war memorial, some chainsaw-carved monkeys, and a sculpture of Jesus carrying a cross. Huh. Some of these things are not like the others.

Hopefully, evolution will take care of this one on it's own. It does have a way of working things like out on it's own. Thank goodness.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

this FSM has nothing to do with evolution- if you want to understand why it was done, why this image was used, why don't you look at the blog