In honor of Book of Mormon, here's a pop history of religious satire

The Flying Spaghetti Monster

Praised by Christopher Hitchens and scorned by religious fundamentalists, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has quickly become a beloved Internet sensation and icon of the new atheism movement. Used as a caricature of those who purport unfalsifiable beliefs as fact, the parody religion began in 2005 when Bobby Henderson wrote a satirical open letter to the Kansas State Board of Education in response to their decision to permit intelligent design as a part of the school's science curriculum. Proposing that the earth was created by an unseen Spaghetti Monster and that the decline of pirates is the cause of global warming, the thousands of followers of this movement -- known as "Pastafarians" -- have turned the one-time snarky letter into a cultural phenomenon that now includes several books, videos, plays, conventions, artworks and, of course, merchandise.

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Religion = Superstitious Nonsense for Ignorant Imbeciles

 

Period.

Steven M Palmer
Steven M Palmer

Funny how everyone is suddenly taking an interest at pointing out the shortcomings of the LDS church but not a damn one of these "news" outlets has the balls to point out the uber-scam that $cientology is much less to do an hour long TV special on it...

Bengy Martinez
Bengy Martinez

I want some "see'er" stones! That way I can make up some fictional angel and golden tablets. And with my see'er stones I'll be THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN TRANSLATE IT. Then I can build my own empire, sorry religion! FUCKING REALLY!? I also have some Ocean Front Property in Iowa for sale if you are gullible enough to buy into Joseph Smiths Story...

IcePick
IcePick

I was going to read the article and I was encouraged by the still from SouthPark and then I realized it was 5 pages long so I decided to just write a comment instead complaining that the article is 5 pages instead of one.  We all have broadband you know.....

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @IcePick But the new Media Web 2.0 paradigm requires that they split their fluff pieces -- superfluous Top 10 Lists -- into ten separate pages so they can maximize "page views" -- ad revenues -- with as little content as possible.

 

Replete with oversize photos and graphics like an elementary school student trying to stretch his paltry book report into the required teacher-mandated length.

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