Discovery Institute – Celebrating Xmas at the cfsm

Published December 29th, 2006 by Bobby Henderson


Casey Luskin of the Discovery Institute‘s Evolution News & Views has posted an article on the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster’s treatment of the Christmas holiday.

During the holiday season, many Americans take time to seriously and respectfully reflect on Judeo-Christian religious beliefs. Not so for one website, the “Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster” (FSM), a pro-evolution satire against intelligent design. They exhibit no interest in treating Christian holidays with respect. To celebrate the season, they are selling Christmas cards which show a dead Christian fish symbol. Other Christmas Cards portray Michelangelo’s well-known “Creation of Adam” painting on the Sistene Chapel, but the FSM cards have God replaced by the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Another graphic promoted on the page shows a nativity scene where Jesus is replaced by the “Flying Spaghetti Monster.” I can appreciate humor, but it’s also clear that the FSM images are intended to mock traditional religion:


I disagree with most of what he’s saying – we are no more mocking Christian beliefs than Christians are mocking ours – but it’s an interesting read.

You can read the whole article here.

161 Responses to “Discovery Institute – Celebrating Xmas at the cfsm”

  1. Henry says:

    Casey Luskin keep calling the scientist supporting fsm for “Darwinists”. Isn’t such language mainly used by creationists? (If scientist just followed Darwin blindly, like the wording suggest, for one thing the importance of mutations would not have been discovered – not even the concept of genes was known at the time.) Does this mean that the discovery institute is run by the ID-people, although other parts of the article seem less biased? I guess I must have a look at their web-site.

  2. Shane says:

    ‘ “Flying Spaghetti Monsterism” is “a satirical ‘religion’ created by Bobby Henderson, a physics graduate of Oregon State University’

    no more real then your religion yours, at least we have proof behind ours

  3. Wench Nikky says:

    Discovery is the home of ID, as well as home base of it’s two star clown princes, Demsky (my favourite) and Behe.
    There are some substantial differences between them and the completely mad YECs.
    Really hard to miss a YEC, (they won’t let you!), however the IDiots are often disguise themselves as unbiased scientists and more far more insidious.

  4. DutchPastaGuy says:

    Hi Nikky,
    If you like the Discovery Institute cklowns, then you may enjoy the read on
    I only looked at the introduction of the nearly two hour webcast sofar, seeing all of it should be interesting. Some of the other webcasts also seem worthwhile.

  5. Wench Nikky says:

    Thanks DutchPastaGuy I’ll definately check it out.
    I love IDiot clowns. Can’t eat too many in one sitting however, as they usually take a fair while to digest.
    Thought I should come and correct the spelling of Dembski’s name in case someone wants to Google it or something. Done! The names Dumbski and Be-hehehe may also return some hits from Google.

  6. Wench Nikky says:

    Speaking of YECs, Professor Andrew McIntosh has just reposted BBC site, the reguarding his public stand that the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics denies the validity of evolution. I’ve been following the thread on and off over the past few days and just hit paydirt with his latest post. For anyone interested in that saga:
    The start of his post:

    At 07:26 AM on 30 Dec 2006,
    A C McIntosh wrote:
    Now that the 2nd law has had time to work on the Turkey this Christmas…… maybe a few words are in order on thermodynamics and living machinery which I spoke about on the Sunday Sequence program on Dec 10th.

  7. One Eyed Jack says:

    “whether you had a turkey or spaghetti and meatballs for Christmas dinner, I sincerely hope you have had a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, and a safe holiday season.”
    A fine sentiment, but there is really no ned to choose. Have spaghetti with turkey meatballs!
    OEJ, Happy Holidays and Merry Mithras.

  8. spider says:

    i spied in the aforementioned article
    “While much of this is witty and fun, these comments reveal an underlying anti-religious mindset by these Darwinist academics who “endorse” FSM in a tone which mocks traditional Judeo-Christian religion.”
    you’re about 2 months too late, in case anyone was in any douby here’s the link
    so, dearly piratical, we are gathered here today to join in shanty….
    all together now
    mock, mock, mock,
    mock, mock, mock,
    mock, mock, mock,
    mock, mock, mock,
    mock, mock, mock,
    mock, mock, mock,

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