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professors who had written the original standards (before they were changed) have now asked that their names be withdrawn from the document.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.”

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  5. soldador inverter says:

    Do you think God would feel offended because of this lack of good air?
    Don’t even think of it, it’s so banal a question…
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    • stylusmobilus says:

      Soldador, it’s an extremely valid question, and one I’m sure all scientists the world over would love to find an answer for.

      Personally, given God’s history of making the FSM’s creations kill each other in the name of his lies, I would have to say that God loves the lack of good air. He can then tell his followers to say ‘See, I told you so. That’s what you get for believing in science. Stinky air nyah nyah..’ Climate change only comes around once every civilisation. God must take advantage of it to kill off a few innocents.

  6. bestami says:

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  7. JPMG says:

    People who mock God have something to hide, thats my general feeling

    • Ubi Dubium says:

      We’re not mocking god. We’re mocking his fan club.

    • theFewtheProudtheMarinara says:

      What gives you that impression? I think along the same lines as Ubi Dubium. I wouldn’t think of mocking
      Harry Potter or Han Solo, either; just the people who walk around obsessed with them.

    • TiltedHorizon says:

      I only mock those who hide behind god.

    • Sky says:

      Lady, you got it all wrong. It’s people who fear god that have something to hide. If you think you have to worship the invisible man in the sky who likes to kill people because they don’t believe in him, you obviously feel guilty about something you did.

      • theFewtheProudtheMarinara says:

        Most people dying DO believe in him. In fact, I’d say their lives were more wretched than the avrage atheist’s.

        • WeAreTotallyForked says:

          wretched…man, what a great word.

    • Drained and Washed Clean says:

      I think that those who don’t believe in a god hide less than those who do.

    • stylusmobilus says:

      Your general feeling is incorrect. See if you can get some actual statistics that prove that is the case.

    • midnight rider says:

      I bet you wouldn’t share your phone number with any of us. You must have something to hide. :) That’s my general feeling. As a matter of fact the US government has a privacy act of 1974 and another privacy act of 1986 because people got all sorts of things to hide. Unreasonable search and seizure is prohibited by the Fourth Ammendment to the US Constitution. You lock your doors? Why? What are YOU hiding?

    • Devout Heathen says:

      Everybody has something to hide. There is nothing shameful or unsavoury in that. There is no “hidden agenda” here, no sinister intentions. We[1] do not mock God. What we mock is the stupid people who cannot tell the difference between the things they know and the things they believe, and furthermore want to impose that disability on others.

      [1] There is no “we”.

      • theFewtheProudtheMarinara says:

        “Everybody has something to hide”. ‘Cept for me and my monkey.

        • Rev Toni Rigatoni says:

          You’ve gotta hide your love away!

        • Rev Toni Rigatoni says:

          In case the wife finds out….

    • lord barbecue says:

      JPMG, what you’re doing is called psychological projection. It’s a defense mechanism used to cope with undesired emotions. You secretly doubt the existence of God, but you cannot admit it and so you hide that doubt. Subconsciously, this hiding bothers you, and so you cope by accusing others of hiding.

    • Jim Jim says:

      People who don’t want themselves or their beliefs to be mocked, criticised or questioned are the ones who have something to hide, usually unethical and potentially criminal acts.

  8. Godless says:

    Hi JPMG, or may I call you JM? Is that picture actually of you? WOW, you look quite normal!

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