From Ben Popp, NWFC Head of Artist Services
There are many religions in this world, many of whom possess large amounts of faithful followers, each guided by particular teachings and worshiping a deity, or deities. The interesting thing about religion is that outside of providing comfort, it is based solely on the belief of an unknown, for despite the many assertions of actual occurrences, the fact of the matter is we cannot scientifically prove particular events or individuals that so much religion sits upon.
Enter the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a creature who perhaps, or perhaps not, since it is believed the FSM created the Universe, first appeared in an essay to the Kansas State Board of Education in 2005 as a deity who should be taught alongside other intelligent design theories after the board voted to include these religious curriculums in the science classroom. Since the Flying Spaghetti Monster made itself known to humans by way of their prophet, Oregon born Bobby Henderson, devoted believers, known as Pastafarians have emerged around the globe.
In Michael Arthur’s documentary I, Pastafari: A Flying Spaghetti Monster Story, a handful of colander hat-wearing and pirate disciples, are chronicled, along with their struggles to find an equal place amongst their country’s laws that were written to enforce other religious ideologies. Who honestly is to say who created all of this, perhaps it was the chicken, perhaps it was the egg, perhaps it was indeed the Flying Spaghetti Monster.