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professors who had written the original standards (before they were changed) have now asked that their names be withdrawn from the document.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

  1. Chris Ralph says:


  2. Cyberatog says:

    Xaos, in the US, they are thinking of changing biology and the like with religion (both being accepted as the “truth”), you are thinking of Religion classes. Two completely different things.
    I will mock God as much as I can, being Sargoth-Kuul and all. You get what you deserve. FSM is the true diety. Awe our lord and midgit-maker. RAmen.

  3. great gazoo says:

    To the Three Ladies on the School Board, who are not brain dead, may you have many blessings from his Noodlesness. May you Chianti be dry and your parmesian tasty. May we all meet in the Olive Garden in the Sky.

  4. Long John Silver says:

    I am a Christain and belive in Jesus Christ and all that the Bible has to say, but I have to agree with Bobby’s point of view. The idea of bringing ID into a science class is absurd. There is no way to decide which would be the right theory to present, and there is no way you could teach them all.
    However, I think that the whole idea of Evolution on a grand scale (such as from amino acids to man) is kinda’ goofy. The findings of Pasteur seem to discredit the whole idea of spontaneous generation.
    But, remember, the idea of the world being flat was completely accepted by the scientific communities long ago, and has since been disproven. I think that the same will happen with evolution over time.

  5. cpu says:

    It’s a strange thing that only people who believe in God in a some what fundamentalist way seem to have problem with evolution? The scientits who are trying to prove evolution wrong with thease ID-theories and such are also christian. Doesn’t it strike to you more a thing to do with God and a desperate need to prove his existanc in fundamental rather than an actual flaw in the evolution theory. Besides, as I understand ID has been proven false. The supporters of evolution theory aren’t biased against God or anything, because most of them aren’t biased to any direction in the matter, most the believe in God propably, so in that way of course. Unlike, the people who try to prove evolution wrong, who definately have more at stake here and are willing cut corners to achieve their goals, so I’d much rather believe the people who aren’t so desperate proove their views right.

  6. Ted from Maine says:

    All written theology has a form of the Golden Rule . ” Bibles” were all written ” after the fact” by humans . They set guide lines to keep people in line . If a creator exists, FSM is just as good a name as God,Allah,etc.If a creator created life on our remote sphere ; then part of the humanoids body included a brain to reason with . These ” guide books ” eliminate the need to think for ones self .
    There are more important things to argue or discuss than how things came to be and why?
    WHO cares! The important thing is that we’re here; no matter how it came about.
    Meanwhile,back at the ranch, the human species keeps over-populating and devouring the artificial means that provide for its’existance.
    Kansas & DC aren’t the only places exhibiting the phenomina of brain freeze.

  7. Channing says:

    Dear Miss Kathy,

    I am rather surprised by the fact that an educator, rather that any educated person, such as yourself could fail to see the humour in the FSM.

    I am even more stunned by the fact that you could consider creationism a tangent of science. The fact that the bible exists does not prove the existance of an almighty being. The fact that the bible exists proves nothing more than the bible does indeed exist. It is a story, rather an anthology that was written by mortal hands and has been followed by those not intelligent enough to distinguise fiction from fact.

    The fact is that the study of science is and will remain a respectable practice, if individuals such as yourself mature and realized that your views are not only illogical, but rather pathetic. For example, your christian faith follows that leadership of a Pope, whom you believe is a figure head whom Christ willed to be in charge of his church, when, in fact, the pope was a figure head created by the Franks in the early 700’s to help link the clergy to the crown.

    However, I assume as an educated individual, you are aware of this and have cleverly chosen to follow his leadership. I ask, where is the science in that?

    Lethbridge, AB CA

  8. Dumpling says:

    Dear Miss Kathy,

    If you truly belive in God, why would you try to spread your belief in disguise of science, instead of preaching fair? Do you have something to hide? Are you ashamed to spread the words of your God for some reason to the extent that you have no choice but to disguise? If I were your God and saw somebody like you demeaning me in the way you are doing, you should be truly afraid of my wrath.

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