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Road mark sighting

Published October 5th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

I was walking with my son one evening last month when we spotted the Noodly one on a road marking.  We gave thanks by eating pasta twirls with cheese and tomato as soon as we got home.

David & Ben  — Carlow, Ireland

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Is this a sign from the FSM or maybe a Pastafarian road worker evangelizing to the passers-by?

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Black Rock sighting

Published October 2nd, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

Me and my friend went camping at Black Rock (Australia) and we discovered these carvings of the Flying Spaghetti Monster which appear to be from quite a long time ago. I was very lucky that I had my mobile phone with me to take a picture of this sighting. I hope you enjoy the sighting!

-Jack

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Skeptics might say this looks like a sand drawing but those with faith know better.

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Oregon faith-healing couple found guilty of manslaughter

Published September 30th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

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From kwtx:

Dale and Shannon Hickman of Oregon City, Ore., who prayed for their ailing prematurely born son rather than seeking medical care, have been found guilty of felony manslaughter.

Prosecutors claimed Shannon Hickman never sought prenatal care and the couple never considered taking the premature infant to the hospital.

The child was born with a bacterial infection and underdeveloped lungs and died within nine hours after he had trouble breathing.

The Hickmans’ attorney claimed religious persecution and said there was no evidence that medical care would have saved the baby.

Faith healing is one of those areas where I can ignore it as a so long as it’s affecting themselves.  But it’s very sad when parents are making reckless choices for their kids.  I am happy to see this case worked out and hopefully it will cause some religious groups to do some critical thinking.

Some believe this case illustrates how evil religion is. I wavered on posting the article because that is not the point I wanted to make. More to the point, I believe the Church of FSM is not just another anti-religion club. A lot of us have the view that religion is harmful and antiquated, but a lot of us also accept that a huge number of people feel they get something positive out of their faith and their religious communities.

So I am cautious about posting things that promote the idea that the world would be better off without religion. Because, more than anything, I don’t believe it’s in the scope of the Church of FSM to make that statement.

The point I want to make is this: instead of drawing the line between the religious and non-religious, let’s draw the line between the reasonable and unreasonable. Let’s criticize a culture that values faith over reason, rather than religion itself.

Why? We know plenty of religious people and we realize that the majority of Christians do not reject modern medicine for their children. We personally know people who get something positive from their religious communities and yet still act with reason.

These are the people who might believe in some scripture, but they also realize that their faith does a poor job of explaining the natural world. They are not blinded by faith, they are reasonable. We need these people to promote the value of reason within their communities.

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David Attenborough Vs. Creationism

Published September 25th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

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The Telegraph has an article about my all-time favorite Naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, and the campaign he’s joined to combat religion in science.

The naturalist joined three Nobel laureates, the atheist Richard Dawkins and other leading scientists in calling on the government to tackle the "threat" of creationism.

Andrew Copson, chief executive of the BHA, said: "Evolution is probably the most important idea underlying biological science and we support the view of many experts that it should be introduced right from primary level in all state-maintained schools.

"At the same time, the threat of creationism and ‘intelligent design’ being taught as science is real and ongoing, particularly as more and more schools are opened up to be run by religious fundamentalists.

"It has never been more urgent for concrete steps to be taken to ensure that all state schools teach evolution, and not creationism, and we urge the Government to implement the simple and sensible measures suggested in this new statement."

I love that Sir David Attenborough has gotten involved.  I worry when the ones who make a stand come off as petty and one-dimensional.   David Attenborough is such a likeable guy, and his work so accessible … I think a whole lot of people are all the sudden going to want to listen.  

Here is my favorite video from Mr. Attenborough’s Planet Earth:

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Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day

Published September 19th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

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Greetings from Rev. Benito (Spain) on the International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

FSM bless you!

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Best DragonCon photo

Published September 12th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

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A number of people sent in photos but this is my favorite. Click the photo for the enlarged version.  Credit goes to machshots.com

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Design or Divine?

Published September 8th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

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Here is Intelligent Design or Pasta Divine by Kristina Stork for her upcoming graduate art show.  Amazing work.  More at her site: kristinastork.com.

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FSM Guitar

Published September 7th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

Please see the attached picture of the FSM guitar I built. It debuted at the Center For Inquiry Indiana annual picnic. I have wanted to build this for three years and finally got it done. The guitar is a very playable instrument (but only while standing up). My friend, retired medical illustrator Craig Gosling (photo left) did the sketch for the body shape. I constructed the guitar and Eric Ward did the paint.

Steve Duerr

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FSM Spotted in Parade

Published September 3rd, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

Jeffrey sent in this photo from this morning’s DragonCON parade in Atlanta.

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Here’s a close-up:

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I like that He’s riding majestically in a car while others are walking. 

The “Him->” sign is a helpful touch to those not yet enlightened.

And that looks like the  I Want To Believe drawing on the car, am I right? This one:

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One more photo.  Notice the mountain/midgit.  Awesome.

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Fancy cake

Published September 1st, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

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Here is a cake that I did in my class at Le Cordon Bleu.

-Roscoe

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