Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

 

The Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) is the deity of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, or Pastafarianism. Pastafarianism (a portmanteau of pasta and Rastafarianism) is a social movement that promotes a light-hearted view of religion and opposes the teaching of intelligent design and creationism in public schools.

Pastafarian tenets (generally satires of creationism) are presented on the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster website and in the book The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, written by Bobby Henderson in 2006. The central belief is that an invisible and undetectable Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe. Pirates are revered as the original Pastafarians. Henderson asserts that a decline in the number of pirates over the years is the cause of global warming.

It is only fitting that on this day—International Talk Like a Pirate Day—that we honor our pirate brethren and their contributions to society. I can dare to dream that this tiny spotlight might lead to a renaissance of “piratism” and the reversal of global warming.