OPEN LETTER TO KANSAS SCHOOL BOARD
I am writing you with much concern after having read of your hearing
to decide whether the alternative theory of Intelligent Design should
be taught along with the theory of Evolution. I think we can all agree
that it is important for students to hear multiple viewpoints so they
can choose for themselves the theory that makes the most sense to them.
I am concerned, however, that students will only hear one theory of Intelligent
In conclusion, thank you for taking the time to hear our views and beliefs.
I hope I was able to convey the importance of teaching this theory to
your students. We will of course be able to train the teachers in this
alternate theory. I am eagerly awaiting your response, and hope dearly
that no legal action will need to be taken. I think we can all look forward
to the time when these three theories are given equal time in our science
classrooms across the country, and eventually the world; One third time
for Intelligent Design, one third time for Flying Spaghetti Monsterism,
and one third time for logical conjecture based on overwhelming observable
The addresses, phone, fax, and emails for the Kansas School Board can be found here. Contact them, and ask that they respond to my letter.
I am hearing reports that some of the members are using email auto-responders. I suggest faxing them. Faxes are harder to ignore.
Contact the media, tell them you support Flying Spaghetti Monsterism. They can't ignore us forever.
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RESPONSES FROM THE KANSAS SCHOOL BOARDResponse from Mrs. Janet Waugh - District 1 - 6/25/05
Still awaiting responses from the rest of the Board.
INTERESTING EMAILS I HAVE RECEIVED
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WHY YOU SHOULD CONVERT TO FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTERISM
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING
"As a scientist, I'd like to say that the currently
accepted scientific theory is evolution. But, some competing ideas have
been proposed, such as ID and FSMism, and discussion to include one should
include the other, as these ideas are equally valid."
"As a medical practitioner and scientist, I wholeheartedly
believe that every theory and hypothesis needs full consideration and
explanation with formal ratification by peer review. We have a duty to
inform our schools and presumably pasta should form a staple part of our
"Letting the religious right teach ID in schools
is like letting the Marines teach poetry in advanced combat training.
As a scientist, I see these the relevancy between the two sets to be equal.
If Kansas is going to mess up like this, the least it can do is not be
hypocritical and allow equal time for other alternative "theories"
like FSMism, which is by far the tastier choice."
"One of the hardest things to do as a scientist
is to put my personal beliefs aside when discussing matters of science.
So as a professional, I have to say that both forms of Intelligent Design
- ID and ID-FSM are equally valid and if intelligent design is taught
in schools, equal time should be given to the FSM theory and the non-FSM
theory. But, speaking personally now, it seems to me the FSM theory is
MUCH more plausable than the non-FSM ID theory, because it is the only
one of the two that takes into account all the discrepancies between ID
and measureable objective reality."
"In discussing competing theories, if one is to
present ID then it is only fair and logical to teach other theories with
commensurate evidence. Based on Mr. Henderson's letter, it is clear that
the FSM theory has evidence comparable in weight to ID. As a scientist
and professor, it is often difficult to present differing opinions in
an unbiased way. However, it is important to the student to be exposed
to these ideas to form their own opinions. This comes right out of the
handbook of the ID purporters: present the different "theories"
and let the listener decide. If those in favor of ID are so convinced,
then they should not be concerned that the presentation of the FSM theory
would serve to undermine the credibility of ID. "
"At one time, I believed as the Aztecs did, that
the universe was created by two gods, Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca who
attacked and ripped apart Hungry Woman to create the universe. Then I
believed, as the Moriori do, that the universe was created when Papa and
her husband Rangi hugged and bore children, and were subsequently separated
by their son Tane who let light shine between them. However, my views
have been swayed by the substantial evidence that the earth and universe
was actually created relatively recently by the Flying Spaghetti Monster
(FSM). I am firmly convinced that the evidence supporting this depiction
of the origins of life, the universe, and everything has many of the trappings
of science, and I therefore support the inclusion of FSM creation evidence
in the Kansas science curriculum and standards."
" One of the most exciting developments in fundamental physics in the last twenty years has been the development of so-called "String Theory." In String Theory, all fundamental sub-atomic particles are visualized and described mathematically as microscopic vibrating strings. Although as yet unproven, many physicists believe that String Theory has the potential to become the long-sought "Theory of Everything," through which the fundamental physical nature of all matter and forces will become understood.
Obviously String Theory IS correct, although misnamed (a secular humanist
conspiracy perhaps?). As NOODLE Theory clearly unambiguously reveals,
He has created the fundamental subatomic particles that form all matter
in this universe in His own quivering image! You, me, the Earth, the stars...everything
in the universe...are all built of trillions of tiny jiggling noodles,
microscopic copies of our Divine Saucy Maker. Truly He is everywhere and
in all things!
"As a scientist I believe that when presented with
a new idea every possibility should be considered so we can eventually
find the truth. It would be very biased if the only possibilities presented
would be regulated by some authority. As a scientist I am biased towards
the theory of evolution, but this does not mean that everyone should be
forced to only learn this and believe this. Putting this aside, I feel
if the government feels the need to regulate what students need to learn,
then all ideas should be taught in school. Not only Intelligent Design
(ID) should be taught, but the theory of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
(FSM) should also be taught. In my scientific opinion when comparing the
two theories, FSM theory seems to be more valid then the classic ID theory.
There is more data to back FSM then I have ever seen for ID. The graph
which was presented should alone more convincing then anything ID has
ever presented. I endorse the FSM theory."
"As a scienctist, I think that ID is a form of pseudoscience--nothing more, nothing less. Pseudosciences lack the well-designed and carefully-interpreted experiments which characterize the true sciences. ID is popular because it provides the general public with an easily understood "answer" to nature's complexity. Why is it human nature to try to fill the gaps in science with some form of a deity? Nobel laureate Richard Feynman, in his response the Challenger disaster, wrote, "For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled." It is too bad that many in the USA have fallen into the ID trap, and are making emotional rather than logical decisions.
That being said, and the more I consider ID and the Flying Spaghetti
Monster (FSM) theory, the FSM theory has a lot going for it. First, it
should satisfy even the most ardent ID detractors. Secondly, since everyone
needs to eat and to believe in something, the FSM theory fulfills these
desires. Finally, FSM neatly ties together the many ideas about the creation
of the universe. I plan on exposing my students to the FSM theory over
a pasta dinner. "
"As a former art historian, I must say that FSM
wins hands down over ID when it comes to the complexity of its iconography.
ID has produced little aesthetic response to its point of view. FSM on
the other hand has stimulated a spontaneous outpouring of highly expressive
I need more endorsements from academics. Please email me if you support FSMism.
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8/2/05 - President Bush supports Flying Spaghetti Monsterism. "I think that part of education is to expose people to different schools of thought," Bush said. "You're asking me whether or not people ought to be exposed to different ideas, the answer is yes." link
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7/10/05 -More emails posted.
7/7/05 - I have received over 1000 emails now, and here is what I've learned: No one supports the teaching of faith-based theories in science classroom, NOT EVEN the very religious - at least the ones who have contacted me. It makes sense, I suppose.. why would they want their beliefs taught by an unenthusiastic science teacher who is begrudgingly explaining a theory that he, himself, does not believe?
So.. to the majority members of the Kansas School Board: Why are you so hell-bent on this? Where are your supporters? Have them contact me, because I have yet to hear a single explanation of why faith-based theories should be taught in science classrooms.
7/3/05 -Added INTERESTING EMAILS section. These are very entertaining.
6/30/05 - Emails continue to pour in at the rate of about 60/day. I will do my best to reply to each of them. Here is the breakdown:
95% - In favor of teaching Flying Spaghetti Monsterism in schools.
5% - Telling me I am going to Hell.
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