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FSM Courthouse Installation

Published March 31st, 2008 by Bobby Henderson

This is one of the greatest things to happen in the history of Pastafarianism. The Cumberland County Courthouse lawn in Crossville, Tennessee now features an enormous statue of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Behold:

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This was the work of Ariel Safdie and her brother David, and it is spectacular. I am sure that everyone who sees it will feel Touched.

Statement at Installation Ceremony

We are lucky enough to live in a country that allows us, its citizens, the freedom of speech. I have chosen to put up a statue of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to represent the discourse between people of all different beliefs. The many faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds of Cumberland County’s residents make our community a stronger richer place. I respect and am proud that on the people’s lawn, the county courthouse, all of these diverse beliefs can come together in a positive dialogue. Here, we are all able to share the issues close to our hearts whether it is through a memorial to the soldiers killed fighting for our country, the Statue of Liberty honoring our nations welcoming promise to all, a group’s fight to stop homelessness, or powerful symbols of faith. I greatly treasure this open forum between everyone in the community.

The Flying Spaghetti Monster is a pile of noodles and meatballs, but it is meant to open up discussion and provoke thought. Being able to put up a statue is a celebration of our freedom as Americans; a freedom to be different, to express those differences, and to do it amongst neighbors -— even if it is in a noodley way.

Here’s a television news report of the display:

“Our message is freedom of speech, freedom of religion” — Well Said! All Pastafarians should feel fortunate at having such a fine ambassadors for our cause.

I strongly suggest that everyone check out Ariel’s site, itlovesyou.blogspot.com. You’ll find the whole story behind the statue, pictures of the build, and updates as they happen.

Here are a some more pictures:

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Media takes notice
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Just a dream at this point
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Construction begins
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Assembly continues
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Thank you very much Ariel – you did an amazing job. Please let me know if you need funding for a Beer Volcano.

Update: cnet news.com has picked up the story here.



67 Responses to “FSM Courthouse Installation”

  1. Rev. Connor says:

    I saw the picture earlier, but i didn’t know what it was about or where. I cannot express my pleasure to find it in front of a courthouse and publicly sanctioned. WE BEAT THE TEN COMMANDMENTS!

  2. mac hawk says:

    i truly felt touched

    Peace,love& pirates

    -RAmen

  3. Pope Pixel I says:

    That is wonderful. Absolutely wonderful…
    I’m speechless.
    RAmen

  4. That1guy says:

    I like the statue i think it really shows off the noodly appendeges and meatballs well

  5. That1guy says:

    It shows our noodly creator off really well

  6. That1guy says:

    It shows off the FSM off very well

  7. Suz says:

    Wow! Some people have a lot of time on their hands. But I guess it is the work of the devine noodly intervention inspiring these works of art to get the one true religion out there!

  8. Lindy says:

    That is awesome!

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