So apparently I am not touched by His Noodly Appendage.
Hopefully most of you are familiar with the concept of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, henceforth referred to as FSM. If not, the FSM is a satirical deity created to poke fun at and make a point to religious people. It stems from the religious argument "Well, you can't prove there ISN'T a god." The counter argument is then "well you can't prove there isn't a Flying Spaghetti Monster either." If you want to know more about this, go ahead and Google it; you will get paaaaages full of this stuff.
And that is almost the problem. Following the FSM, or Pastafarianism, has its own gospel (in book form that you can buy!), rules, and websites devoted to this satire of religion. I am a craft/knit fanatic, and I have Stumbled upon numerous FSM craft projects/artwork/costumes. While many of them are cute...I just can't shake this feeling of frustration...
I just sort of feel that FSM (and other things like the Invisible Pink Unicorn) are more of a waste of time and efforts than anything. The majority of people involved in FSM are atheists/agonostics/etc anyways. Now before you call me a kill joy, I think the FSM thing is clever. The fact that a "religion" has been created around a pasta-deity is fun satire and makes a point. I have giggled over the gospel snippets I have come across. Some of the FSM projects I have found are amazing and show incredible talent.
But why not use that talent and creativity to help the actual movement? Put that time into a freethinker organization. I also think that it makes us less credible with religious people. I've talked to Christians about FSM, and they don't see it so much as a mock of their religion. They see it as a bunch of atheists they can't take seriously. With the Christian Right already thinking we are a bunch of nutcase heathens, we need to have every scrap of credibility and respect we can muster to keep religion out of government and all that.
It may be fun and amusing, but at the end of the day, I just don't feel that the whole FSM thing is going to help make reason and logic the highest power in our society. I am interested, nay, quite eager, to hear what some of you think.