Tallahassee.com reports that inside the Florida Capitol is a representation of the deity of The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM), a desk chair with a shredded cardboard, an eyed blob of noodles grasping two meatballs, with a sign reading: “A closed mouth catches no noodly appendages.” – ProvHerbs 3:27.”
The depiction is next to four other holiday displays inside the Capitol’s marble rotunda.
The FSM’s official website says that “The Church of FSM is real, totally legit, and backed by hard science. Anything that comes across as humor or satire is purely coincidental.”
Peter Wood, a Florida State University graduate student who applied to include the display, told Tallahassee.com that church members seek to include “reason and rationalism in public discourse, a mutual understanding and having discussion on government, religion and viewpoints, without being hostile.”
He continued, “We can learn a lot from each other. Some ideas are deemed better than others, and a lot of the time they’re equally humorous and equally valid.”
Amanda Richard, who dropped off the display, Tuesday afternoon, said that, “The point [of the display] is to show that we are a part of a pluralistic society.”
“If you’re going to have inclusion of one religion in a public space, then it encourages all the others as well,” Richard added.
These are some of the beliefs of Pastafarians – which FSM members call themselves – according to their website:
• We believe pirates, the original Pastafarians, were peaceful explorers and it was due to Christian misinformation that they have an image of outcast criminals today
• We are fond of beer
• Every Friday is a Religious Holiday
• We do not take ourselves too seriously
• We embrace contradictions (though in that we are hardly unique)
Adherents.com did not give an official tally for how many people observe the Pastafarian faith worldwide. The FSM website states it has had 10 million unique visitors to the website in the last two years.