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I found this at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio. We are truly blessed by his presence.
I was driving by the craft store when all of a sudden I was touched by His noodly appendage and inspired to create this model. On a related note, I believe the Flying Spaghetti Monster is pleased with the likeness because if any liquids are left near it, they will turn into a delicious marinara sauce.
From the Columbus Museum of Art. Can anyone doubt that Dale Chihuly is divinely inspired?
I think we noticed this some time ago but for those who doubt Keith’s observation, I will just post this photo of Mr. Chihuly:
I’ve attached a couple of photos I took on the 25th of February here in Tampere, Finland. I also submitted these photos to a local newspaper, which turned the whole thing as somewhat of a small phenomenom with numerous other people commenting that they saw the same thing. Some people even sent the paper additional photos. Here‘s the link to the news story.
Most of the people speculating the article were certain that the formation in the wintery sky was either chemtrail from fighterjets or an angel (yeah right). Only a couple commenters we’re able to point out that this is clearly FSM. Or Cthulhu.
And a horrible storm shook and wobbled the mighty Pirate galleon, and all the pirates trembled in fear. But the brave and pious captain said upon them: “fe’Arr not me mateys! Tharr be rescue in the mighty FSM!”
And there came a great wave, about to crush and sink the galleon, and the pirates trembled again. But the captain bellowed “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance his Noodly Appendage will bring you today!” And came his Noodly Appendage and rescued the Pirates, before the wave sunk the galleon, and His Noodly Appendage plucked them from the furious sea.
And the Pirates said to the Lord: “Deliver us not unto land, to be marooned and without rum, but bring us unto a lonesome vessel, so that we may plunder.” And His Noodliness granted their wish, bringing forth a swift aerial abordage, and the Pirates plundered the booty and the wenches, and hung the Pirate Fish flag on the main mast.
So fear not, my brethren and sistern, for the almighty FSM saves all that praise him. In the name of Noodle, Sauce and the Holy Parmesan.
Milek is the same talented artist who made this amazing painting some time ago:
You can see more of his work at his DeviantArt page.
Thanks very much Milek, you rule. I was blown away by this painting. Check out this closeup, the amazing detail work:
Milek’s new poster is available for sale at the FSM Poster Shop
Now that the new server is set up in Sweden (thanks again, SeriousTubes), I can offer FSM-related hosting to anyone interested. FSM clubs, FSM-related projects, etc. I can set you up a subdomain such as blah.venganza.org, or you can point your domain at the server. No strings attached because this all furthers the Cause. Just contact me if you’re interested. Probably no FSM porn.
The FBI took down a Christian militia group in Michigan on Monday.
The indictment said the Hutaree, who describe themselves as “Christian warriors,” viewed all law enforcement as their enemy. It said they had planned a violent act to get the attention of the police, possibly by killing an officer at a traffic stop, and then attacking the funeral procession with explosives.
The arrests of the Hutaree members comes amid what the Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama non profit that tracks extremism, has called “an explosion of new extremist groups and activism across the nation.” The organization has cited the economic downturn as a major reason for the change, and also contends that the far-right has been particularly animated by the election of the nation’s first black president.
That is pretty disturbing. I agree with the author that a lot of these occurrences are related to nutball “conservatives” rather than nutball “Christians”, however the two groups have quite a bit of overlap. I got a lot of flack a few days ago for saying religious people don’t stand up against extremists in their own religion (only in opposing religions). It will be interesting to see the Christian response to these arrests. I suspect we’ll hear a lot of the No True Scotsman* type arguments. “No True Christian would do these things”, immediately close mind.
* From Wikipedia:
No true Scotsman is a logical fallacy, an ad hoc attempt to retain an unreasoned assertion. When faced with a counterexample to a universal claim, rather than denying the counterexample or rejecting the original universal claim, this fallacy modifies the subject of assertion to tautologically exclude the specific case or others like it.
Imagine Hamish McDonald, a Scotsman, sitting down with his Glasgow Morning Herald and seeing an article about how the “Brighton Sex Maniac Strikes Again.” Hamish is shocked and declares that “No Scotsman would do such a thing.” The next day he sits down to read his Glasgow Morning Herald again and this time finds an article about an Aberdeen man whose brutal actions make the Brighton sex maniac seem almost gentlemanly. This fact shows that Hamish was wrong in his opinion but is he going to admit this? Not likely. This time he says, “No true Scotsman would do such a thing.”
—Antony Flew, Thinking About Thinking (1975)
Update: There’s a related article today in the Washington Post, The Hutaree militia and the rising risk of far-right violence.