Belief in God remains mandatory for success in American politics

  • metta

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    Sep 22, 2015 8:50 PM GMT
    Belief in God remains mandatory for success in American politics
  • HottJoe

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    Sep 22, 2015 9:36 PM GMT
    Yeah, but I wonder if many of the politicians are just giving lip service. It's like parents who tell their kids that Santa is real just to make them "play nice."
  • tazzari

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    Sep 22, 2015 10:12 PM GMT
    Or at least pretended belief. It's a pity that self-examination and genuine knowledge of what "belief" entails is so rare - and those are surely part of the the Christian belief system. Using "belief" to win power is deeply unChristian.
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    Sep 23, 2015 8:30 PM GMT


    Flying Spaghetti Monster

    The Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) is the deity of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster or Pastafarianism (a portmanteau of pasta and Rastafarian), a social movement that promotes a light-hearted view of religion and opposes the teaching of intelligent design and creationism in public schools.[3] Although adherents describe Pastafarianism as a genuine religion,[3] it is generally seen by the media as a parody religion.[4][5]

    The "Flying Spaghetti Monster" was first described in a satirical open letter written by Bobby Henderson in 2005 to protest the Kansas State Board of Education decision to permit teaching intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in public school science classes.[6] In that letter, Henderson satirized creationism by professing his belief that whenever a scientist carbon-dates an object, a supernatural creator that closely resembles spaghetti and meatballs is there "changing the results with His Noodly Appendage". Henderson argued that his beliefs were just as valid as intelligent design, and called for equal time in science classrooms alongside intelligent design and evolution.[7] After Henderson published the letter on his website, the Flying Spaghetti Monster rapidly became an Internet phenomenon and a symbol of opposition to the teaching of intelligent design in public schools.[8]

    Pastafarian tenets (generally satires of creationism) are presented both on Henderson's Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster website, where he is described as "prophet", and in The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, written by Henderson in 2006. The central belief is that an invisible and undetectable Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe. Pirates are revered as the original Pastafarians.[9] Henderson asserts that a decline in the number of pirates over the years is the cause of global warming.[7] The FSM community congregates at Henderson's website to share ideas about the Flying Spaghetti Monster and crafts representing images of it, as well as to discuss "sightings" of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.