Villard Publishing is paying an $80,000 advance to the creator of a pseudo-religion - Pastafarianism designed to mock the concept of “intelligent design“.
This summer, Bobby Henderson, 25, an unemployed slot-machine engineer, posted a much-forwarded and widely discussed open letter to the Kansas State Board of Education declaring that “there are multiple theories of Intelligent Design” and that Pastafarianism be given equal time with “Intelligent design”.
I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster. It was He who created all that we see and all that we feel. We feel strongly that the overwhelming scientific evidence pointing towards evolutionary processes is nothing but a coincidence, put in place by Him.
He provides “evidence”, “Intelligent Design” theorists style, that the Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe.
The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, which will codify Pastafarianism, is set to come out on Valentine’s Day.
“My hope is that readers won’t know if I’m trying to make a point about pseudoscience or if I’m a complete nut,” says Henderson. “I’ll be really disappointed if it doesn’t spawn a cult.”
For those new to Pastafarianism you can also get touched by his noodly appendage.