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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

The Flying Spaghetti Monster Materializes

A sculpture of the Flying Spaghetti Monster was resurrected late last month in front of the Cumberland County Courthouse in Crossville, Tenn.

Ariel and David Safdie cooked-up the creation to "open-up discussion and provoke thought," i.e. take that proselytizing intelligent design advocates. Look at that Spaghetti Monster. In yo face. How d'ya like dem meatballs? j/k.

I couldn't sum up a more detailed explanation for the deity's prominent display better than this...

[Taken from Ariel Safdie's blog]

Statement at Installation Ceremony-
March 21, 2008

We are lucky enough to live in a country that allows us, its citizens, the freedom of speech. I have chosen to put up a statue of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to represent the discourse between people of all different beliefs. The many faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds of Cumberland County’s residents make our community a stronger richer place. I respect and am proud that on the people’s lawn, the county courthouse, all of these diverse beliefs can come together in a positive dialogue. Here, we are all able to share the issues close to our hearts whether it is through a memorial to the soldiers killed fighting for our country, the Statue of Liberty honoring our nations welcoming promise to all, a group’s fight to stop homelessness, or powerful symbols of faith. I greatly treasure this open forum between everyone in the community.

I found this bit of news on The Underwire. But I'm pretty sure the story originated at Church of the Spaghetti Monster, Crossville.

Photo courtesy of Gary Nelson/Crossville Chronicle

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