If you surf the internet, you may have come across comments using strange phrases as 'touched by His noodly appendage', 'pastafarian' and 'ramen'. If you go to www.venganza.org, all will be revealed. This is the website of the church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, or FSM for short.
It's only been a year since Bobby Henderson wrote his satirical letter to the Kansas Board of Education asking for the FSM theory of creation be given equal time with evolution and Intelligent Design. The idea was to point out the absurdity of ID, and that if there was a creator, it didn't have to be the god of the bible. ID of course assumes that the creator is the christian one, even though it can't say so.
FSM obviously hit a chord with the cybercitizens. In the American culture war, it is a way to show your defiance of the religious right, in the same way that the letter V (for victory) was such a potent symbol during WWII.
In April this year, Connie Morris, a member of the State Board of Education was annoyed to find a picture of FSM on a classroom door, and asked for it to be removed. As far as I know, it's still there. It's good to know the truth hurts.
PS. Ramen seems to be some kind of American pasta dish, but because of its similarity to Amen, it has become a popular sign-off tag on the internet.
So until my next post - Ramen!