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Does NCSE Support Mocking World Religions?

The introductory letter from Bobby Henderson in The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster states:

“[T]he church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) invites you to learn a little more about us … [W]e need a book. (Doesn’t every religion have a book?) The Jews have the Bible (The Old Testicle), the Christians have ditto (The New Testicle), and Muslims have the Q-tip or whatever, the Jains have Fun with Dick and Jain, the Suffis have Sufis Up!, the Buddhists have the Bananapada, and the Hindus have the Ten Little Indians…” (pg. xiii, emphasis added)

Glenn Branch, deputy director for the National Center for Science Education (NCSE, apparently defends Flying Spaghetti Monsterism, saying that it is merely “light hearted fun at the opposition’s expense” and is “probably healthy.” But who is Branch’s “opposition,” if the target of FSM’s mockery is clearly Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, Muslims, Jainists, and anyone who takes some kind of a holy book seriously?

Sometimes I’ve found FSM amusing, but since I’ve graduated from junior high and don’t mock world religions, this quote from Henderson is not funny (no offense to our junior high-age readers, but you get the point). Henderson’s attempts at humor may have gone too far: the Jews supposedly read “The Old Testicle” and “Hindus have the Ten Little Indians”! The deputy director for the NSCE already said he defends FSMism. Would the NCSE defend these remarks?

Casey Luskin

Associate Director, Center for Science and Culture
Casey Luskin is a geologist and an attorney with graduate degrees in science and law, giving him expertise in both the scientific and legal dimensions of the debate over evolution. He earned his PhD in Geology from the University of Johannesburg, and BS and MS degrees in Earth Sciences from the University of California, San Diego, where he studied evolution extensively at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. His law degree is from the University of San Diego, where he focused his studies on First Amendment law, education law, and environmental law.



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