What is the Flying Spaghetti Monster?

If you’ve ever read or heard a debate about religion, you might have heard someone bring up the Flying Spaghetti Monster. The abbreviation FSM is used often but what is the flying spaghetti monster, what are its origins and goal?

The flying spaghetti monster originated when a student from the Oregon State University, Bobby Henderson sent an open letter to the Kansas State Board of Education in an attempt to stop the board from applying Intelligent Design theories in school. Which basically meant teaching students that creationism is a viable alternative for science. Henderson stated much like creationism, the theory of the FSM was one of the designer creating the world. Bobby said “I think 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, and one third time for logical conjecture based on overwhelming observable evidence.” The theory was satirical but gained much support in the internet and started to have a cult following. This lead to it becoming somewhat of a real anti-religion. The only dogma of the religion is not to have any dogmas. Becoming a follower is pretty easy since there is no holy books or rules to follow, although a book did come out which is less about rules and more about a spaghetti monster’s life. Nothing wrong with that but the more faithful will want to read on the theory of Pirates and Temperature which has originated from the religion. That is not the only whacky fun theory but they are many more, like all good religion dogmas none of these can be disproved by science.