It seems that some atheists have taken their love of the FSM one step too far.
For anyone who isn’t aware, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is a parody religion that has gained a strong following within the humanist/atheist/freethinking movement. I’m not going to review it’s history or “doctrine” here … a quick perusal of their site will fill you in on why so many of us seek the touch of His Noodly Appendage. I even have a Flying Spaghetti Monster emblem displayed proudly on my cubicle at work.
Two churches in Bend, Oregon have recently been vandalized (by what I can only assume are members of our community) with graffiti reading “Praise the FSM”. The destruction or vandalism of church property does nothing to promote humanism and only serves to show the faithful that we lack the basic morality we claim to hold dear.
The Friendly Atheist Hemant Mehta covered the story well, and is advocating a little atheist generosity. On his post he encourages all of us to put aside our anti-church sentiment for a moment and to do unto others as we would want other to do for us:
I know many of you are uncomfortable giving money to a church, but I hope you who can find it in your heart to help them out in this case. They didn’t deserve this vandalism.
Any money raise above what the church needs to clean up the mess will be donated to the humanitarian organization Foundation Beyond Belief, which disperses donations to causes that advance science and reason.
Consider pitching it a little of your hard earned cash to show these churches that or community does not support this kind of action.