A growing phenomenon in contemporary culture is the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM). A satirical reaction to the intelligent design movement, the FSM has taken on a "life" of its own. Created by Bobby Henderson, a physicist and graduate of Oregon State University, the FSM is a supernatural creator that resembles spaghetti and meatballs. Henderson argues that the FSM should be taught in science classrooms as an additional alternative to evolution. Obviously, the point is to mock intelligent design proponents by showing the supposed absurdity of their argument.
Wikipedia's introduction to the FSM shows how the movement has grown: "The Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) has become the center of a phenomenon with followers who call themselves Pastafarians, a play on 'Rastafarians.' Although 'Flying Spaghetti Monsterism' was created as a parody religion, Pastafarians say it is a legitimate one; some argue that the FSM is no more or less fictional than any other deity."
Now "Flying Spaghetti Monsterism" is taking another step forward with its own scripture, The Gospel of The Flying Spaghetti Monster. As interest in the FSM continues to grow, we will continue to see more and more about Henderson's new "religion." The Record has recently reported on this growth (as posted by KansasCity.com) in "Church that reveres Flying Spaghetti Monster’ finds growing following."
What should we think about this development? I wonder if it is a display of desperation. If we cannot refute, then we will ridicule. "Flying Spaghetti Monsterism" could easily backfire on its adherents; showing the bankruptcy of those who uncritically accept evolution. I think this is one big flash-in-the-pan that will fizzle out as quickly as it has grown.