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Wednesday, September 28, 2005
hail to the new religion

I hate the fact that I can be so easily caught off guard while I'm eating or drinking. More so when it's oatmeal that I happen to be eating when I read something so funny it makes me burst out laughing.

Cleaning spit out oatmeal off the desk and from my lap is no fun. But better to clean it up than choke to death on it, right?

I'll even be so very nice as to share with you exactly what made me spit out my very, very late night snack:

The Church of the Flying Noodle Monster

I browsed the site, and chuckled quite a few times. Basically, a group of people is petitioning the school board of the state of Kansas (because Kansas makes sense to start with) to consider the teachings of the Church of the Flying Noodle Monster when passing judgement on whether to allow instruction on the theories about Intelligent Design alongside the theories of Creationism and Evolution.

The letter to the school board begins: "I am writing you with much concern after having read of your hearing to decide whether the alternative theory of Intelligent Design should be taught along with the theory of Evolution. I think we can all agree that it is important for students to hear multiple viewpoints so they can choose for themselves the theory that makes the most sense to them. I am concerned, however, that students will only hear one theory of Intelligent Design."

Which is completely understandable. These days, it's hard to say what should or should not be taught in schools because something always manages to infringe upon someone else's rights or beliefs. It's gone so far that the inevitable had to happen: Someone made up a new theory.

What can anyone say - it's just as plausible as any other theory, right? No one was there to witness it, so how do we know for sure? Basically, it's the same question I've asked since bible study in middle school - how can you expect me to believe what can't be proven?

I completely sympathize with those who are arguing for this new doctrine to be taught. Why not? Who's to say what's better? Maybe information overload *is* better - let the intelligent students form their own beliefs and thoughts about it. Let the rest be sheep.

But please, no matter what new or old faith you follow, can we please stop saying 'My God said to kill you because of your beliefs." Because, last I heard, hearing voices doesn't signify God is speaking to you - it means you need some effing massive doses of medication, stat.

Posted at 02:26 am by tokitikki


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