Friday, September 23, 2005

Touched by his noodly arms


What, you hadn't heard? The satirical Flying Spaghetti Monster is an Internet hit. A guy from Oregon named Bobby Henderson wrote to the Kansas State Board of Education -- which may soon permit "intelligent design" to be taught in its science classes -- urging that his theory on the Flying Spaghetti Monster also be included in public schools.

"I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster," he wrote. "I think we can all look forward to the time when these three theories are given equal time in our science classrooms across the country and, eventually, the world: one-third time for intelligent design, one-third time for Flying Spaghetti Monsterism, and one-third time for logical conjecture based on overwhelming observable evidence."

Intelligent design -- which says biology's mechanics offer evidence of an unnamed intelligent creator -- gets its day in court next week, when a group of parents from Pennsylvania's Dover Area School District takes on the school board. Last year, the board approved a policy asking teachers to introduce intelligent design to ninth-grade biology students.

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