In the now regular annual battle for the soul of the solstice holidays, more commonly known as “the war on Christmas,” a monster made of pasta has apparently won his place in Wisconsin. The Church of The Flying Spaghetti Monster has erected a monument to their noodle based deity in the state capitol building, alongside the Christian nativity scene, bobble laden holiday tree and a hosted Festivus display.
The state capital, which is hosting a series of events to celebrate the multitude of holidays enshrined during these bleak winter months, welcomed the University of Wisconsin’s Atheists, Humanists and Agnostics (AHA) display, with Annie Laurie Gaylor of the Freedom of Religion Foundation saying that “The rotunda is getting very cluttered, but if a devotional nativity display is allowed, then there must be ‘room at the inn’ for all points of view, including irreverency and free thought.”
Beginning in 2005 with the first mention of The Flying Spaghetti Monster deity (or FSM as permitted by made up church doctrine,) in this open letter penned by satirist Bobby Henderson to the Kansas School Board regarding their debate as to whether or not creationism belonged in science class, the Church has already undergone a reform movement, with the Reformed Church of Alfredo, denouncing what they call “the lie” of Chef Boyardee.
Paralleling the absurdist demonstration of a beer can Festivus pole in the Florida state capitol, Wisconsin AHA President Sam Erickson said of the display that he and his fellow non-believers “would prefer to keep our capital secular.”