For those who don't get the New York Times...Ms. Tomato would like to direct her more subversive readers to a website referred to in a 9/29/05 Arts section article, venganza.org.
The ingenious author, Bobby Henderson, assigns a muddle of spaghetti with meatballs some divine qualities, and suggests in an open letter to the Kansas State Board of Education that they give equal time in their classrooms to his own theory of Intelligent Design. The said Board, with warm approval from President Bush, has moved toward allowing the teaching of Intelligent Design as an alternative to evolution in their schools.
Mr. Henderson claims he had a divine vision of an intelligent god called the Flying Spaghetti Monster, or FSM, and threatened a lawsuit if Kansas Educational Authorities do not consider his curriculum. In Mr. Henderson's spiritual universe, one says "ramen" at the end of a prayer, instead of "amen". Several readers of his website have posted sightings of the deity and testify to having been touched by "his noodly appendage."