Now that Senate Bill 733 — the Louisiana Science Education Act — passed 36-0 in the Senate and only awaits Gov. Bobby Jindal’s signature to become law, will it rouse the Flying Spaghetti Monster?
The quick backstory: this bill has been blasted as a backdoor attempt to allow the teaching of creationism in Louisiana science classes. And if Louisiana mirrors Kansas, we could be in store for some nationwide press and ridicule, courtesy of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. In 2005, after the Kansas Board of Education welcomed a similar bill, an Oregon State University grad with a degree in physics wrote open letters to the board members imploring them to also teach the theory that the Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe. Spaghetti Monster supporter Bobby Henderson calls the church’s supporters “Pastafarians,” and his efforts spawned widespread media coverage.
For the full story of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, its Web site is here. (Warning: there’s strong language sprinkled throughout the site.)