Mama mia, that’s a spicy deity

meatballs 01My oh my, am I scared to blog about this story from the Telegraph right now. Nevertheless, rest assured that if I were to interview Bobby Henderson about his faith, I would do my best — iTalk is a wonderful thing — to quote him accurately and make sure that people know where he is coming from. That is what journalists do. Luckily, it does appear that he is rather candid about his views (even though his summary of the Intelligent Design mainstream is laugh out loud funny). But, hey, he is trying to be funny.

In an open letter to the Kansas Board of Education in July, Mr. Henderson wrote: “I think we can all agree that it is important for students to hear multiple viewpoints so they can choose for themselves the theory that makes the most sense to them. I am concerned, however, that students will only hear one theory of Intelligent Design. “I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster.”

Oh, one more thing: I am 99.9 percent sure that the Scopes trial took place in Tennessee, not Kansas.

I will go hide now.

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Terry Mattingly directs the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. He writes a weekly column for the Universal Syndicate.

  • Darrell Grizzle

    No need to be frightened, my child. The Flying Spaghetti Monster loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life. If you will visit the website of His disciples – – and read it with an open mind and heart, you too can be Touched By His Noodly Appendage.

  • holmegm

    Sigh … this FSM thing started making blog rounds weeks ago, and in such mindless fashion (i.e. so off-topic that even the humor didn’t work right) that I could only assume it was google bombing.

  • Jeffrey Weiss

    Terry has made relatively late contact with His Noodly Appendage. The FSM was part of my lede this past Saturday in the Dallas Morning News. The NYTimes had a longer story just about him a week earlier. And many many media outlets have made at least a mention.
    Here’s a more interesting question: Why does this joke have such long, er, legs?
    I’ll disagree with Friend holmegm — I think it’s pretty funny. But funny enough to have been sent to just about every biologist in the world? Funny enough to have 85 links at the moment on a Google News search?

    Jeffrey Weiss
    The Dallas Morning News

  • Avram

    I remember seeing the FSM posts popping up on blogs pretty quickly; it even has its own Wikipedia entry.
    As humor goes, it’s pretty broad and blunt, which may account for some of its appeal. The Onion’s “Intelligent Falling” article is much sharper, as is the Talk.Origins “Godless Linguistics” post. Both of these parody specific creationist arguments, and the Intelligent Falling one parodies Intelligent Design nicely.

  • Stephen A.

    Coming from someone like me who “does” public relations, I have to say this is stark raving brilliant.

    To have school board members acknowledge the joke, and even play along with it (in print!) and then to get the level of new reporting and Google-linking it’s received, is a coup of enormous proportions.

    And it IS quite funny, regardless of your view on the issue of ID.

  • Beth

    Whatever happened to the Church of Bob? Or Church of the Sub-Genius? Or whatever it was?

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  • David Goldenberg

    You asked for an interview with Bobby Henderson, you got it. Enjoy.