FSM Courthouse Installation

Published March 31st, 2008 by Bobby Henderson

This is one of the greatest things to happen in the history of Pastafarianism. The Cumberland County Courthouse lawn in Crossville, Tennessee now features an enormous statue of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Behold:


This was the work of Ariel Safdie and her brother David, and it is spectacular. I am sure that everyone who sees it will feel Touched.

Statement at Installation Ceremony

We are lucky enough to live in a country that allows us, its citizens, the freedom of speech. I have chosen to put up a statue of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to represent the discourse between people of all different beliefs. The many faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds of Cumberland County’s residents make our community a stronger richer place. I respect and am proud that on the people’s lawn, the county courthouse, all of these diverse beliefs can come together in a positive dialogue. Here, we are all able to share the issues close to our hearts whether it is through a memorial to the soldiers killed fighting for our country, the Statue of Liberty honoring our nations welcoming promise to all, a group’s fight to stop homelessness, or powerful symbols of faith. I greatly treasure this open forum between everyone in the community.

The Flying Spaghetti Monster is a pile of noodles and meatballs, but it is meant to open up discussion and provoke thought. Being able to put up a statue is a celebration of our freedom as Americans; a freedom to be different, to express those differences, and to do it amongst neighbors -— even if it is in a noodley way.

Here’s a television news report of the display:

“Our message is freedom of speech, freedom of religion” — Well Said! All Pastafarians should feel fortunate at having such a fine ambassadors for our cause.

I strongly suggest that everyone check out Ariel’s site, itlovesyou.blogspot.com. You’ll find the whole story behind the statue, pictures of the build, and updates as they happen.

Here are a some more pictures:

FSM Bless America
Media takes notice
Just a dream at this point
Construction begins
Assembly continues

Thank you very much Ariel – you did an amazing job. Please let me know if you need funding for a Beer Volcano.

Update: cnet news.com has picked up the story here.

87 Responses to “FSM Courthouse Installation”

  1. Benji says:

    May the FSM bless this town.

  2. Long John Tennessean says:


    You should correct something in your post. While David did help with the art, Ariel is the prime-mover, blog owner/writer, and named party in the display application.

  3. CookieDuster says:


  4. James says:

    I thought you might enjoy the most recent post on my blog: Paul the Pastafarisee: http://exploringourmatrix.blogspot.com/2008/04/paul-pastafarisee.html

    Feel free to link to it from your site, if you like it. Or to denounce it as an unacceptable departure from Pastafarian orthodoxy… :)

  5. BlackBard says:

    Well said, Balthazar! If this keeps up, I can envision a day when there will be “fundamentalist” Pastafarians. I hope I am enjoying the beer volcano and stripper factory by then.

    PS Fact is, if more so-called Pastafarians would actually read our Sacred Text, they might TRULY be touched by His Noodly Appendage and change their ways for the better. At least read the Eight I’d Really Rather You Didn’ts and follow them.

  6. James D King of Pirates says:

    This is the coolest guy ever, let him live as long as possible, that judge rules.

  7. Schik says:

    Ah yes! I actually know the Safdie’s and I know Crossville very well. What you DON’T see is the enormous carved wood “Last Supper” that sat in front of the same courthouse for MONTHS. We put birthday party hats on all of them in the middle of the night. :-)

  8. La Chat Heliotrope says:

    It’s magnificent! I do hope weather doesn’t knock off any oh his appendages.

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