FSM Church Vandalism Sends the Wrong Message

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.

Let’s put the Golden Rule to work. When atheist billboards get vandalized, wouldn’t it be a nice gesture if theist groups offered to do the same for us?

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.

Marc “BoyInfidel”

3 thoughts on “FSM Church Vandalism Sends the Wrong Message

  1. As I’ve said before, I’m all for doing things like posting signs across from churches to poke fun at their sloganeering and to promote a skeptical outlook, but this is not the same thing. Damaging a church is the act of a dick. I remember when I was working downtown and someone had spray-painted SLAYER and 666 and whatever else all over the doors to one of the churches. While I don’t agree with the church in question, it hardly means we should deface their property and sink to that level. Of course, this was presumably the brilliant attack of kids who still think Marilyn Manson is dangerous, but to tag a church with FSM graffiti is pointless, rude, and paints us in the light we do not want to be painted in.

  2. I’m glad to see the Meddling Kids site calling out these vandals.  Even though the little jerk-offs are most likely Athiest, it doesn’t excuse their behavior.  It is one of the things that pisses me off about many religious groups is that they couldn’t be bothered to condemn reprehensible actions of awful people that profess the same faith.  If you are a christian, and another christian does something awful (e.g.: the Pope protecting child molesters), then you should denounce those awful actions (and hold that person accountable if possible).  It is something that has always bothered me and it is nice to see Atheists criticizing another Atheist(s) for their shameful behavior.  Applauds to you.

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