This is one of the greatest things to happen in the history of Pastafarianism. The Cumberland County Courthouse lawn in Crossville, Tennessee now features an enormous statue of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Behold:
I think I might cry. All praise him and his carbohydrate goodness…Ramen.
It’s difficult to overstate the gravitas a video like this brings. It raises so many questions begging in depth studies to better understand animal consciousness, personality, and their perception of the world. The concept of “animal rights” suddenly sounds far less loony or radical and instead becomes glaringly obvious and even necessary. It is difficult to not be moved by this.
I was as amazed as many out there and I wondered if this was real or a hoax. Here I give you another video from a BBC news story that seems to confirm that the paintings are in fact done by an elephant.
The Indian government has withdrawn a controversial report submitted in court which questioned the existence of the Hindu god Ram. The report was withdrawn after huge protests by opposition parties.The report was presented to the Supreme Court on Wednesday in connection with a case against a proposed shipping canal project between India and Sri Lanka.
Hindu hardliners say the project will destroy what they say is a bridge built by Ram and his army of monkeys. (emphasis added)
Scientists and archaeologists say the Ram Setu (Lord Ram’s bridge) – or Adam’s Bridge as it is sometimes called – is a natural formation of sand and stones.
Honestly, I have about 20 clever comments I could make about this but they all pale when you realize there are people out there seriously claiming they have a bridge built by Ram and his army of monkeys.
Does someone want to remind me again how religion isn’t suppressing our critical thinking faculties?
In an attempt to be more sensitive (dare I say gentle) to other opinions I thought I’d post something that takes a closer look at the other side of the argument. Now I think I might have rushed to my evolution conclusion a bit.
On this date in 1941, evolutionary biologist and freethought champion Richard Dawkins was born in Nairobi.
“My respect for the Abrahamic religions went up in the smoke and choking dust of September 11th. The last vestige of respect for the taboo disappeared as I watched the ‘Day of Prayer’ in Washington Cathedral, where people of mutually incompatible faiths united in homage to the very force that caused the problem in the first place: religion. It is time for people of intellect, as opposed to people of faith, to stand up and say ‘Enough!’ Let our tribute to the dead be a new resolve: to respect people for what they individually think, rather than respect groups for what they were collectively brought up to believe.”
— “Time to Stand Up,” written for the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Sept. 2001. See Dawkins’s Emperor Has No Clothes Award.