Religion is down. Internet is up. Satire is up. Parody is up.
An increasing number of studies are showing that young people are not believers. They don’t believe in the higher power or a great Deity that created them. And it just is not “cool” to be an atheist.
People with intellect and a pleasure for parody are putting on their colanders. That’s right, pasta strainers: the religious head dress of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
The Great Prophet, Bobby Henderson, created the Flying Spaghetti Monster as a clever response to Creationism. Since the school board was trying to get Creationism taught in science classrooms then naturally all beliefs should receive fair time of instruction. Henderson proposed that if Christianity would be taught in the classroom then there should be equal time spent on his own belief, that of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. It was an Open Letter and it became quite famous. Ever since, Atheists and others have rallied behind the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster as an answer to the ludicrous notion of Religion being taught as Science and the idea that Organized Religion should be pushed on people who really wants to learn “the facts” (like that silly “Science Stuff” that Bill Nye the Science Guy was always going on about).
I believe that the spread of information and the unprecedented ACCESS to information has caused a rise in reason. People who question religion can now find answers online, on that big ol’ Spider Web in the sky, that thing Al Gore created, “the InterWeb” (the Internet). Using Wikipedia and Google Searches, a curious mind can easily draw up information on all of the world religions. With the modern day access to information, it is no wonder that an increasing number of young people are non-believers and a large number of young people in the United Kingdom believe that religion “does more harm than good.”
Although there is no doubt that serious christian folk will be offended by your belief in the Flying Spaghetti Monster, you do not have to be an atheist if that word makes you uncomfortable. You do believe. You believe in the Flying Spaghetti Monster. You know that there is a relationship between Pirates and the temperature of the planet. And you KNOW that YOU were touched by His Noodle Appendage.