A View From The Handbasket

Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Holy War
Posted by neros_fiddle at 5:00 PM

Excuse me while I fix up a big bowl of popcorn and settle in to watch the theological smackdown between the Christian right and the Flying Spaghetti Monster. A member of the Kansas state school board, after voting in an anti-evolution curriculum, asked a skeptical science teacher to remove a picture of the FSM from his door:

The monster's picture has hung on the door since September or October and was put up there as a joke, Mousley said.

"It's a parody," he said. "It's just making fun of anti-evolution."

Mousley said he doesn't teach students about the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Also on the door is a Doonesbury comic strip about science, said board member Carol Rupe, who represents Wichita. She also voted against the new standards.

"It was two little pieces of paper on the door," she said. "It was poking good fun."

Gamble said she told the principal that it was his decision whether the monster could stick around.

"I advised the principal that Morris has no authority," she said. "I told him to deal with his staff as he saw fit, not by what a state board member says."

Board chairman Steve Abrams, who voted for the new standards, didn't see the picture but said he thinks that the Flying Spaghetti Monster is silly.

"Personally, I think it's juvenile," he said.

The picture was still on the door at the end of the school day Wednesday.

Learn more about the revealed truth of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and be touched by His Noodly Appendage.

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