Just in Time for the Holidays, the Flying Spaghetti Monster Comes to the Wisconsin Capitol Building

It just got a little more cluttered in the Wisconsin Capitol building.

There’s already a “natural nativity scene” there thanks to the Freedom From Religion Foundation:

And FFRF also put up a couple of signs in honor of the Winter Solstice:

That’s all in addition to the Festivus pole that’s also on display.

Now, the Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are adding a display of their own to the mix: The Flying Spaghetti Monster.

AHA’s sign urges onlookers to “Be touched by his noodly appendage, before it is too late!” The Flying Spaghetti Monster is a light-hearted parody of religion, which is commonly used to argue against the teaching of creationism in public schools.

In this case, AHA is using the mock deity to draw attention to the problem of allowing religious symbols to be displayed in government buildings. According to AHA president Sam Erickson, AHA’s intention is to advocate for the separation of Church and State. “We would prefer to keep our Capitol secular,” explained Erickson, “but if the State decides to turn it into an open forum, they have opened the floodgates. We hope everyone takes advantage of this opportunity to advertise their own viewpoints, no matter how silly.”

“Parody”?!

The sign will only be up through December 31st, so you might as well get your pilgrimage planned before it goes away!

At some point, Christians will have to realize that their precious Nativity scenes are in the middle of a circus. If they want Jesus to get any respect, maybe they should think about moving those mangers to, you know, a church.

(via AHA)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.


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