December 23, 2005
Wired News interviews Bobby Henderson, founder of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (aka Pastafarianism):
Wired News: Why does Pastafarianism deserve equal time in science classrooms where intelligent design is taught?
Bobby Henderson: Our theory is as much science – in fact much more so – than what the ID (intelligent design) guys are proposing. And, if you are going to redefine science to include supernatural explanations, you have to allow them all. To include intelligent design in a science classroom you have to first expand the definition of science to include supernatural explanations, rather than only natural ones, as it is now.
… WN: Why do you think so many people have responded to [Pastafarianism and intelligent design], so many scientists?
Henderson: I think it’s just because they have a better understanding of what the ID nuts are trying to do. I think part of it is that the science community, itself, is pretty quiet about the issue. Their strategy is to ignore the “debate” so that the ID people don’t get the forum.
WN: Do you think that’s a mistake?
Henderson: Yeah, totally. They need to be out there calling these people retarded all the time. Nonstop. The ID people are winning because the scientists think if they ignore the issue, it will go away. Plus, I’m sure it would be therapeutic to make fun of the ID people. I think it’s pretty amazing that these people without scientific backgrounds – or really any education at all – think they have the right to decide the science curriculum. And it blows my mind that they are getting away with it.
WN: What do you think about the impact this all has on the education a student will get?
Henderson: I would be skeptical of anyone with a supernatural science education.
And anyone whose life is controlled by an imaginary friend.
Read the entire interview here.
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