The Flying Spaghetti Monster vs. Kansas State Board of Education


In 2005, Bobby Henderson wrote an open letter to the Kansas State Board of Education on his opinion of teaching Intelligent Design in public schools. He argued that if religion was going to be taught at school, than his satirical belief of a Flying Spaghetti Monster should also be taught. The Flying Spaghetti Monster is a satire of creationism. Henderson used the arguments that creationists use such as saying that carbon-dating cannot be proved. Instead of trying to debunk the science, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster says that carbon-dating is false because “every time [a scientist] makes a measurement, the Flying Spaghetti Monster is there changing the results with His Noodly Appendage” (Henderson). Justin Pope of the Associated Press called Henderson’s open letter to the Kansas State Board of Education a “clever and effective argument”. Jack Schofield of The Guardian said that “the joke, of course, is that it’s arguably more rational than Intelligent Design”.

Henderson also said in his letter that he “think[s] we can all look forward to the time when these three theories are given equal time in our science classrooms across the country, and eventually the world; One third time for Intelligent Design, one third time for Flying Spaghetti Monsterism (Pastafarianism), and one third time for logical conjecture based on overwhelming observable evidence”. Henderson was trying to show that Intelligent Design should not be taught at schools because of the overwhelming agreement within the science community about the theory of evolution. While there should be religious freedoms within public schools, religious views such as creationism should not be taught as historical facts. There is already science illiteracy growing throughout the world. Allowing religious opinion to be taught in public shows will only further this illiteracy by causing conflicting stories. Schools that do not have a religious affiliation should only being teaching what the consensus of scientists is.


3 thoughts on “The Flying Spaghetti Monster vs. Kansas State Board of Education

  1. I still remember seeing this on the internet and thinking this was a joke. I mean it still is to a certain extent, but at least there is a point behind it. I also think that it is nice that any donations they get they send to charity. I’d wear a colander just to make a point.

    Josh Obermeyer


  2. I agree that in every non-religiously affiliated schools should teach what the consensus of the scientific community is. The only problem is that more and more private schools are being built and some students only go to those schools for their excellence in sports. And in those schools, evolution is not taught at all. This is holding us back from being a scientifically literate society.

    David Lehn


  3. Just cant image if this actually went through what other kinds of religions would start to come out asking for the same thing.
    -Claire Greve


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