Our guest speaker today was Barbara Gonzalez, and she came to talk with us about Pastafarianism.   Pastafarians are proponents of the Church of the flying Spaghetti Monster.  The “Flying Spaghetti Monster” first appeared in a satiricalopen letter written by Bobby Henderson in 2005, protesting the decision by the Kansas State Board of Education to permit the teaching of intelligent designas an alternative to evolution in public school science classes.  Mr Henderson correctly points out that if creationism is going to be given equal access to classroom time as the teaching of evolution, then, logically, teaching that the flying spaghetti monster created the heavens and the earth is equally valid.

“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.”

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, then, is an aid in keeping some form of intellectual honesty alive in the attempt to teach intelligent design.  If the argument to include intelligent design is so bereft of logic that it is written in such a way as to allow the teaching of the Spaghetti Monster, then Mr. Henderson is quick to insist on the rights of the Pastafarians.  In Polk County Florida, an attempt to allow intelligent design to be taught in schools was abandon when they could not determine that they could write language that included the Christian’s intelligent design while excluding Pastafarianism.

Intellectual honesty is further attacked by the Pastafarians when they attempt to mimic Christian rhetoric of correlation science.  Henderson asserts that the steady decline in the number of pirates over the years has resulted in global warming.  There is a clear inverse relationship between in increase in global warming and the decrease in the number of pirates.

Girl Scout Cookies are in.

We lit a candle for the victims of tornadoes this week.  We lit one for Thurman’s former sister in law, and one for Betty’s daughter,  Susan.

The Ohio interfaith power and light is having an earth keeping summit on Mar 31.  See http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=c5vggpcab&oeidk=a07e5hv302q581233b5