In a victory for Pastafarians everywhere, the Flying Spaghetti Monster has invaded the Wisconsin State Capitol rotunda.
The Flying Spaghetti Monster, an alien deity composed of pasta and meatballs, joined other winter holiday displays in the Wisconsin State Capitol rotunda on Monday, according to a report issued Dec. 16 by the Wisconsin State Journal.
The Flying Spaghetti Monster display is being sponsored by the Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics at the University of Wisconsin -Madison (AHA), and will join other holiday displays at the state capitol such as a Christmas tree, a nativity scene and a Festivus pole.
The Flying Spaghetti Monster emerged in 2005 as part of a protest movement against the teaching of creationism in public schools.
The “Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster” is a satirical religion which teaches that the universe was created by the Flying Spaghetti Monster, an alien deity composed of pasta and meatballs. Members of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster are also known as Pastafarians.
The church teaches that pirates were the first Pastafarians, recognizes every Friday to be a holiday, and promotes the liberal consumption of beer. According to the church website, the only dogma allowed in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is the rejection of dogma.
AHA explains they “would much prefer to keep government buildings free from all religious (and irreligious) messages, but if it must be ‘anything goes,’ we hope everyone takes advantage of this opportunity to advertise their own viewpoints - no matter how silly.”
The group goes on to note: “Religious ideas should not be promoted in the halls of government. Protect the separation of Church and State, it protects us all.”