Fallacy of your satire

Published June 14th, 2010 by Bobby Henderson

Hello, I have purchased and read your book, The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and I would just like to share with you a constructive feedback of your book. For its objective purpose of proving the illogicality of the provincial-minded nature of those who stand in opposition to allowing the scientific theory of the Big Bang/Theory of Evolution from being taught publicly, it served its purpose well. However I would like to call to mind the hypocritical nature of the book. I believe consistency with one’s own message is important to achieve a total victory and it satirically charges Christians with creating blind assumptions. I understand the comparison of pirate decrease to global temperature increase was to further the point of the illogicality of religion, but you assumed there was a lesser amount of pirates. In fact there are more pirates now than there was in the 1700′s, the lack of the Pirates of the Caribbean-esque romanticism is the only reason this fact is not widely spread. You made an assumption which went against fact which defeated your principle of factual basis. One may argue that was the continuation of satire but that would be most likely incorrect as the faux-correlation of coincidence is the satire and not the actual analyzes as global temperature is indeed rising since the last minor ice age in the Napoleonic Era.

Furthermore it appears you attack religion as a whole entity as illogical and we’d be better off it was nonexistent as the end of the book turns into repetitive bashing, This is the same mindset as the illogical fundamentalists whom do not hear the logic of scientific theory who completely disregard science as it is alien to their beliefs. Religion is extremely important in its influence in sociology as it combats the modern mainstream schools of thought such as widespread apathy, post-modernism and rampant sensationalism. It teaches values of selflessness and charity opposing the media advocacy of self-service which even in an evolutionary sense is not nature as we are social animals which rely upon societal advancement, not just the advancement of self. Religion plays a large role in academic studies as well, I’m sure you’re aware that one of the theorists of the Big Bang Theory was a Catholic priest. To the (logically) theistic, the belief in God does not interact with evolution or creation as God is a theory pertaining to spiritual well being while evolution pertains to physical creation. Religion (or belief in God) does not isolate one from logic, rather the fallacy assuming that because one is religious they must abandon reason. I think if you had pulled back on the senseless bashing of theists and made it rather a criticism of the solely illogical due to their ignoring of blatant scientific evidence even the Pope would have agreed with you. Book such as the one of your own writing are dangerous as human beings tend to take the extremity of each end, by the extensive mockery of the religious you isolate them while creating a malicious current in atheists against theists, which is academically wrong as scholarly debate should be through procedure of logic but your book goes from such to foolery. Such anti-God contempt creates social hysteria making people, for example, atheistic in assumption of its logic while in fact they have little intelligence to even contemplate the bane of their existence.This correlates with the thesis of The Prince as one should be firm in their own beliefs and adhered to logic but they can also not crush the other side as that creates blatant opposition for the sake of opposition rather than following a conventional and more satisfying procedure of scholarly victory.

I hope your book has accomplished your objective and enlightens the close-minded Kansas Board of Education.

Maroun Shami

 

This is the type of email I like to receive.  I don’t agree with a lot of what Maroun is saying but I have a lot of respect for him voicing his criticism.  –bobby



226 Responses to “Fallacy of your satire”

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  1. ATSAP REVOL says:

    Dear Maroun Shami,
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    Your message would have been more impressive if you had used “fuck’ and “caps-lock” profusely. We are unaccustomed to receiving such bland mail from supporters of religion.
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    Old Uncle Atsap

  2. d4m4s74 says:

    WTF. Someone who actually bothered to read the gospel and think before writing a response!
    Never expected that.

  3. Michael says:

    “In fact there are more pirates now than there was in the 1700’s”

    So I guess we’re winning.

  4. StJason says:

    Maroun,

    First off, thank you so much for your refreshingly well-thought out letter! It is a very rare occurrence, and all the more welcome for it.

    However, there is one logical fallacy in your own argument espoused therein. You assume that there are goals of the Church of the FSM outside of telling theistic fuckwits to stay the hell out of science classes. And while news of other religious horrors will likely bring many of our members to arms (a similar cause), the real purpose of the Church is to expose the fallacy of the Intelligent Design fallacy. If life is too complex to exist without external means, then there must be a guider. Who must be (as the majority of the proposers of this theory are Christians) God. The “Watchmaker” theory is shown to be ridiculous in the face of a wad of Flying Spaghetti. By extending this ad absurdum, we gain the same argument “We have a book too!”. I agree, though. The Gospel is too long by a few chapters. That is one thing the Christian Bible has on us. Their Bible ends on a high note: the destruction of the universe. Of course, then you have to get behind a mad god who is out to destroy everything… but that appeals to some…

  5. Pasta Beard says:

    I find it hilarious that he thinks we actually think that Pirate reduce global warming.

    • Rev Toni Rigatoni says:

      We DO!!

  6. Lioss says:

    And again someone who think that a non-believer can’t have values.
    About an athéistic society,take a look to China and Japan.Are these society hysterical?China society existed before your holly book and still exist now.During its long history there never was god.

  7. Alley_Cat says:

    Actually, the figure refers to pirates per capita, which HAS decreased since the 1700s. You have to adjust the figures for population growth.

    As for the the second paragraph, you have to realize that the Gospel is first and foremost a satire. It is not a manifesto. And satire can be as brutal as the author(s) wish it to be; in fact, most satire is additionally brutal because many other mediums do not allow for that type of criticism. Having read The FSM Gospel myself, I can certainly see the parts you may perceive as “low-blows”, but again, the parameters of satire allow for that. Swift and Voltaire didn’t pull any punches, so why should we? It’s not as if the book dissolved into a bloodthirsty invective against the church. We could debate the merits of religion to eternity, but you failed to cite a single passage that could not be seen as a valid criticism, so I see no reason why you should interpret this book as anything more than what it is: a very thorough and successful satire.

  8. Advocatus Diaboli says:

    “Religion is extremely important in its influence in sociology as it combats the modern mainstream schools of thought such as widespread apathy, post-modernism and rampant sensationalism. It teaches values of selflessness and charity opposing the media advocacy of self-service which even in an evolutionary sense is not nature as we are social animals which rely upon societal advancement, not just the advancement of self. ”

    So who gets to decide the values it teaches?. What if 2000 years ago somebody in the Middle East decided the religious values of the Old Testament were no longer suitable for a “modern” society, and decided to make up a few stories about a new parody religion called Christianity to make their point? How do you know this did not happen. Religion as a means of social control is fine as long as you agree with the people controlling the religious values

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