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Flying Spaghetti Monster

A Dictionary of Atheism

Stephen Bullivant,

Lois Lee

Flying Spaghetti Monster 

Spoof deity, invented in 2005 to satirize appeals to an Intelligent Designer in school science curricula in the US. It has become an informal symbol of the atheist or non-theist movement (especially online), and is often invoked with mock sincerity and reverence as a reductio ad absurdum of unfalsifiable theistic claims. The ‘FSM’ has spawned a parody religion, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, with followers known as ‘pastafarians’. Pastafarianism has occasionally featured in free speech and religious rights cases, where it has been argued (often successfully) to be a bona fide religion, as legitimate as any other, and thus entitled to the same privileges and exemptions as other religious groups. See also darwin fish, dinkan, invisible gardener, russell’s teapot.