Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Kansas School Board Member Challenges FSM, Loses

Oooh! There's no sense of humor over at the righthand end of the peanut gallery.

Poor Kansas has to live with these nuts running things:
State Board of Education member Connie Morris took exception Wednesday to a picture of a made-up creature that satirizes the state's new science standards hanging on a Stucky Middle School teacher's door.

Fellow board member Sue Gamble told The Eagle that Morris asked for the picture to be removed.

The creature, called the Flying Spaghetti Monster, is the creation of Bobby Henderson of Corvallis, Ore. It looks like a clump of spaghetti with two eyes sticking out of the top and two meatballs flanking the eyes. Creature's picture irks Board of Ed member

So ... do you get this?

The Kansas state school board member was touring a school, saw a painting of the Noodly Appendage on a teacher's door, and told the teacher to take it down.
The monster's picture has hung on the door since September or October and was put up there as a joke, [science teacher Randy] Mousley said.

"It's a parody," he said. "It's just making fun of anti-evolution."

Mousley said he doesn't teach students about the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Also on the door is a Doonesbury comic strip about science, said board member Carol Rupe, who represents Wichita.

Well, you know, even in Kansas the school board does not have the authority to tell teachers which cartoons are OK to hang on their doors.

It must be tough.

I wonder ... could they say it's a religious symbol, and shouldn't be displayed in the school? Mmm... That does seem to open a can of worms, doesn't it?
The picture was still on the door at the end of the school day Wednesday.

Yes, as it should be.


Blogger andrea said...

I am opposed to calling FSM, blessed be his name, a monster. Perhaps the real issue is that the school board member is an orthodox/fundamentalist Pastafarian and does not believe in showing images of her God.

April 20, 2006 10:33 AM  

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