Kansas School Board Responses to the Open Letter

Response from Mrs. Janet Waugh – District 1 – Received 6/25/05

From: [email protected][xxxxxxx]
To: [email protected]
Date: Jun 25, 2005 6:34 AM
Subject: Response from a member of the Kansas Board of Education

Thanks for your comments about the Flying Spaghetti Monster and all the supporters who have sent their support to members of the Kansas Board of Education. I am supporting the recommendations of the science committee and am currently in the minority. I think your theory is wonderful and possibly some of the majority members will be willing to support it.

Thanks again,

Janet Waugh District 1

Response from Mrs. Sue Gamble – District 2 – Received 6/26/05

From: [email protected][xxxxxxxxx]
To: [email protected]
Date: Jun 26, 2005 6:34 PM
Subject: Reply

Dear Mr. Henderson, Thanks for your message. Thanks for the laugh. Your web site is fascinating. I will add your theory to a long list of alternative theories I intend to introduce when it is appropriate. I am practicing how to do this with a straight face which is difficult since it’s such a ridiculous subject; it is also very sad that we are even having the discussion.

I will be one of the four member minority who will be voting against the flawed science standards currently being proposed by the six member majority.


Sue Gamble

Response from Mrs. Carol Rupe – District 8 – Received 8/16/05

From: Carol Rupe
To: [email protected]
Date: Aug 16, 2005 8:19 AM
Subject: Kansas State Board of Education

Dear Mr. Henderson,

In the midst of the sad circumstances of having our science standards lowered, you and your legion of fellow FSM followers have offered wonderful comic relief. Rather than the form letters which we often receive on other topics, each FSM letter has been clever and unique. I responded to several at first, but now there have just been too many. I am a member of the Kansas State Board of Education and have voted repeatedly to maintain excellent science standards. Last week was the vote to send a new draft (written by the 6 conservative members) out for external review. The four of us on the board who are moderates were in the minority on the vote. The group of science teachers and university professors who had written the original standards (before they were changed) have now asked that their names be withdrawn from the document. The new version changes the very definition of science from “seeking natural explanations” to “seeking logical explanations”. That is why I think FSMism is able to be included. It is as “logical” as any other theory.

The final vote on the standards will be in October. We will be in Lawrence, Kansas for that meeting. Those of us who are moderates on the board are trying to have the meeting in the Natural History Museum at the University of Kansas. We think that would be an appropriate setting for the occasion. We welcome you to be in attendance.

We have received thousands of emails from scientists around the world. At first, they all tried to explain good science to us. After the vote last week, however, they have resorted to calling us hillbillies and morons. And those are the nice letters!

Thank you for adding levity to this situation. You have developed quite a following. I was wondering if we could reverse the effects of global warming if we started breeding pirates.

Carol Rupe

P.S. I ordered a Kansas Museum of Science t-shirt. I may just have to wear it to a board meeting.

From: Mrs. Kathy Martin, District 6

“It is a serious offense to mock God.”

1,912 Responses to “Kansas School Board Responses to the Open Letter”

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  1. Thor says:

    YOU christians are mocking the FSM!!! shame on you!!

  2. Keith Gallagher Jr says:

    Dear Mrs. Kathy Martin, District 6,


  3. KMA says:

    Dear Kathy Martin,
    I’m not into you

  4. Paul R. Welke says:

    Ms. Kathy Martin,
    I seriously doubt that you will read this, but I’m going to throw it out there anyway.

    If it is truly an offense to mock this “God” character of which you speak, why hasn’t Mr. Henderson been charged with anything yet? If Bobby has actually broken a law, especially one that you claim is serious, I expect him to be prosecuted for it. I’m certain that he would expect this too. Murder, rape, and treason are “serious offenses”. Blasphemy is just plain fun!

    All Hail Our Noodly Master,
    Paul R. Welke
    Edmonton, Canada

  5. chris says:

    this is why things were so bad before imperailism, no pirates = bad!

  6. Aaron "Floz" Casper says:

    If the schools refuse to teach theology in a respectable fashion, the only course of action left is to teach it in as silly of a manner as you can manage.

    All hail the Flying Spaghetti Monster.


  7. Jamie Whyte says:

    Although I’m an atheist, in my (metaphorical) book it is you who is mocking God, Mrs Martin, when you conspire to belittle the vast and unimaginably majestic Creation around you by attempting to foist your non-sensical, inconsistent views, which you dress up as ‘science’, onto the young and impressionable.

    May you feel the blessed moistness of His appendage on the nape of your neck as He reminds you that the Bible is just a recently compiled heap of bronze-age mythology. May he whisper his tomato-fetid breath into your ear, telling you that the universe itself, and the spirit of human enquiry, not to mention humour, which it has thrown up in the most incredibly unlikely fashion on this minute dew-drop of a planet, had existed for so long before your beloved parochial middle-eastern hocum arose as to make it laughable. The universe itself mocks your God, Mrs Martin.

    Blessed be the fork-twiddlers. Aaar!

  8. JFN says:

    Blasphemy is only an offense if you are talking religion; science has no equivelant. How can an omnipotent creator of everything be bothered by the words of mere humans? Seems a little silly, doesn’t it?

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