A 25 year old physicist was having a temper tantrum over the prospect of "Intelligent Design" being taught in public schools --and his pro-active response? Not to be outdone by L. Ron Hubbard he decided to start his own religion: The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (the al dente deity is pictured). I guess he chose this because Flying Space Monkey was already taken.
On the "churches" website they have an open letter to Kansas public schools that rationalizes if "alternative theories" are being presented...why not his idea of a pasta god that created the world.
"He even has his own Bible: The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, to be published Tuesday from Random House. It's written by his foremost prophet, Bobby Henderson, who launched this satiric dig at so-called intelligent design about a year ago, and lived to see it take on a life of its own.
"It's amazing that a satirical monster could get this big, but then, he did create the universe," says Dee Dee McKinney, content administrator for the FSM online discussion forum and the reclusive Henderson's primary mouthpiece.
Henderson, a 25-year-old physicist and graduate of Oregon State University, conceived of the Flying Spaghetti Monster last year as a reductio ad absurdum of the intelligent design argument for inclusion in curriculums.
According to intelligent design boosters, since evolution is only a "theory" and not provable, an alternative -- that the universe was created by an intelligent designer -- should be given equal time in science classes.
The "alternative" they presumably had in mind was Christianity.
But, said Henderson to some chums over beers, by the same logic the "intelligent designer" could just as easily be, say, a Flying Spaghetti Monster." (source)
...The sad thing is that 20 years from now this will probably be an actual religion and McCauley Kaulkin will be their esteemed leader.
Science people get really upset over the whole Creationism thing... Well, I went to an evangelical Christian school for 12 years, never learned evolution and I turned out just fine :)