I read the email of November 27th, 2010 from Jordan with great interest. It is a powerful argument that 82.3% of the population should dictate the school syllabus and not the minority of atheists. Of course his argument ignores the fact that a significant number of Christians are happy to see evolution and creationism as going hand in hand (that is god got the ball rolling and evolution took over) but let's agree for a moment that the majority should have the democratic right to dictate what our laws should be and what is taught in school.
I am sure you are aware that in some religions people are born into the religion. In some cases there may be an assumption that a child born into a family will take the religion of the parents until that child opts out. In other countries the child will automatically take on the national religion and will be persecuted (in the extreme in some cases) if they choose to opt out (if they even have that option). Even if you do not accept that a child can be born into a specific religion then you are really saying that all children are born atheist and must undergo some strange ritual (be that soaking in water or perhaps genital mutilation) to be accepted into the faith. But as I've already discussed, atheism is a religion (but one without dogma).
So if you can automatically be born into a religion and later have to opt out then why can this not be true of FSMism?
Why can we not assume that everyone world wide must accept the logical truth that is the existence of the FSM and that if they really want to they can revoke their belief by uttering the words "I do not believe in the Flying Spaghetti Monster" and if they wish to make this official they may register their incredulity on this very message board. Surely you will get no argument from mainstream religions for simply copying their policy.
Once you have made the following additions to the FSM constitution you will suddenly find that FSMism is the worlds largest religion.
- -We firmly believe that all people of the world, regardless of location, are born into FSMism.
-Any person may at any time opt out of the religion with no prejudice and feel free to rejoin at any time.
-FSMism is not an exclusive religion, a believer may be a member of any other faith without prejudice to their membership of the FSM faith.
And once you are the worlds largest religion you can simply sit back and tell the schools to start teaching your firmly held beliefs.
Makka Pakka (a.k.a Nick)
and just for the record "I do not believe in the Flying Spaghetti Monster".