I post this in support of another thread here "Atheists Are Obsessed With God" http://www.evolution...ts&fromsearch=1
From all of my discussions with atheists on the internet I've concluded that the main reason why they attack Christians and Christianity with such vigor is that they are afraid of our political clout. They have personally told me numerous times this is why many hate Christians. So they attempt to bring down Christianity in any way that they can while promoting all forms of immorality and debauchery.
The website I'm talking about, the "Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster" (over 21K members) http://www.venganza.org/ shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone here that it takes aim squarely at the CvE debate as one of it's main targets. Many of the members of this site are the ones we now see in droves on Christian sites today, playing their silly little games.
If only these folks would put their energy into taking responsibility for their own souls, seeking the one true God of the Bible and receiving the free gift of redemption through Jesus Christ. If only.
Here are some of their absurdities. Laugh if you will, but please remember that it's also so very sad.
- They have a store that sells T-shirts, Mugs, Stickers, Posters, and other merchandise to "Support the Cause"
- Purchase their "Gospel":
An elaborate spoof on Intelligent Design, The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is neither too elaborate nor too spoofy to succeed in nailing the fallacies of ID.
- The mocking letter "that got it all started" (27K facebook "likes"):
Let us remember that there are multiple theories of Intelligent Design. I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster. It was He who created all that we see and all that we feel. We feel strongly that the overwhelming scientific evidence pointing towards evolutionary processes is nothing but a coincidence, put in place by Him.
- Their stated 'beliefs':
Pastafarianism is a real religion.
Most of us do not believe a religion – Christianity, Islam, Pastafarianiasm – requires literal belief in order to provide spiritual enlightenment. That is, we can be part of a community without becoming indoctrinated. There are many levels of belief.
By design, the only dogma allowed in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is the rejection of dogma. That is, there are no strict rules and regulations, there are no rote rituals and prayers and other nonsense. Every member has a say in what this church is and what it becomes.
- A response from the site's guru to a received 'hate mail" (bold added for emphasis):
The point of our church is not to offend, but understand it is bound to happen. Most of us in the Church of FSM are not anti-religion, and we have many Pastafarians who are active members of mainstream religions. Part of what we’re doing here is questioning ideas considered rude to question. Or, knocking down religion a peg – however you want to look at it. We think it’s a dangerous situation for institutions and ideas to be above scrutiny.
At the risk of spoiling the “Save Your Heathen Soul” joke, I’ll explain it. You see, Christians often threaten nonbelievers with THEIR hell-place for various sins or sinful lifestyles – either explicitly, or indirectly, or in a judging veiled-friendliness sort of way. But nonbelievers DON’T BELIEVE IN YOUR HELL. Aside from the fact that we find it offensive the idea that we need a rulebook to define our morality, it is a strange proposition to be invited to believe in scripture in order to be saved from a consequence of it. The “Save Your Heathen Soul” joke is a nod to other nonbelievers who have experienced this phenomenon...
...So, understand that around here there is an effort not to offend people, but at the same take a hard look at the strange business of religion. And in this way we give Glory to The Almighty Flying Spaghetti Monster, the one and only True God, who someday I hope Touches you with His Noodly Appendage so that you may know His Loving Embrace.
Let's play a little game.
Does anyone see a disconnect here? More to the point, a contradiction? All the clues are in this post, so let's see who can be the first to point out the contradiction (there may in fact be more than the one that I've duly noted).