Skip to main content

COMMENT: My heart sinks like cold spaghetti

Richard Godwin's editorial in today's Evening Standard 'My heart sinks at the 'humour' of Boaty McBoatface' proves once again how grossly misunderstood atheism still is in the UK press.

http://www.standard.co.uk/comment/comment/richard-godwin-my-heart-sinks-at-the-humour-of-boaty-mcboatface-a3229701.html

The piece first points out that the naming of the Natural Environment Research Council's vessel, and the subsequent campaign to drown out any researchers who objected to the not-so-hilarious "Boaty McBoatface" exemplifies the worst of anti-intellectualism. A valid point. But onto this bandwagon he tethers a rant against atheists celebrating Pastafarian weddings  as a 'piece of facetiousness'.

Mr Godwin has failed to do his homework.

Bobby Henderson began the Pastafarian movement in the USA as a legal challenge to the teaching of ideological nonsense dressed up as science, under the pretentious label of "intelligent design". If belief in a God is all it takes to deny children a right to education using absurd laws, then the Flying Spaghetti Monster had to be recognised on the same grounds. Henderson claimed - as creationists do with their own deity - that if science couldn't prove everything beyond doubt, it is possible the Flying Spaghetti Monster is in fact the creator of the universe, and thus should be taught at school. The truth of his belief in this idea can no more be tested than that of any theist wishing to sneak God into the science classroom.

Pastafarianism is more than 'complacent relativism', Mr Godwin. It is a growing movement of the nonreligious who have had about enough of courts giving privileges to believers which are denied to others. It is an encouragement to a silent majority whose values are based in rationality and evidence to challenge those who run prison systems, schools and courts and value superstition over enlightenment.

It is not for atheists to 'grow up' Mr Godwin, but for the godly to wake up. The Spaghetti Monster will continue to rear its ugly, noodly head everywhere superstition prevails over reason.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

COMMENT: Rivoli Riding - why a Carpentras cinema has me needing therapy

"I don't know how to feel about this, whether to love it or hate it. I just don't know". And in one breath, a petite, gleeful Dutch lady smashes the quiet discomfort of a room full of viewers, mulling over the contradictions of the film. Chloe Zhao's The Rider is a semi-documentary-part-fiction, favourite of 2017 Cannes film festival, and swept up awards in Deauville, Toronto and more. The hubbub begins as the Carpentras anglophiles sit around a cluster of café-parisien-style tables on which glasses of Cotes-du-rhône red wine, bowls of snacks and steaming slices of (homemade) pizza are magically appearing, like a tiny, stylish Hogwarts school of arthouse cinema wizardry.

"But the photography..."
"And that actor, playing himself! How did he even..."
"Well, the director got a standing ovation. She's Chinese."
"Remind me, Laura, I need to give you a book"
"Did he play himself?"
"The horses... How do you say 'd…

BARNET HUMANISTS Episode 1: Free Lunch?

Barnet Humanists!
Weekly secular lens on news, reviews and interviews of kids and grown ups on ethics and politics, books and flicks, and whatever makes us tic.
Host David (a Humanist Dad in North London) interviews kids - the Mini-Humanists - each week with a topic to get them thinking critically. I believe that by discussing the big questions, kids are better equipped to deal with an increasingly secular world, so if you're a Humanist parent or just interested in how to foster good critical thinking, this show is for you.
Some episodes will feature a me-rant, others an interview (if I can get Skype working). Others still will review a book I find relevant to current Humanist topics.

https://soundcloud.com/barnethumanist/episode-1-free-lunch


This week's show.

 The me-rant: I walk through a London park, yammering about politics, being a Humanist Dad, the Manchester attacks and other topics that cross my brain The Mini-Humanists chat about school dinners
Tweets are welcome @Barn…

Episode 9 - Satanism: the devil's harlot

This week's show is an interview with Leopold Pan, spokesperson from the London Satanic Temple.
What is Satanism?TenetsAtheist activism vs satanist religionChildren's rightsSacrifices?Political activism and plans

Reason is the Devil's harlot, who can do nought but slander and harm whatever God says and does.
German: Vernunft … ist die höchste Hur, die der Teufel hat …
— Martin Luther, Last Sermon in Wittenberg, Second Sunday in Epiphany, 17 January 1546. Sources: Dr. Martin Luthers Werke: Kritische Gesamtausgabe, (Weimar: Herman Boehlaus Nachfolger, 1914), Band 51:126, Line 7ff; Martin Luther (1483-1546). The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.; H. L. Mencken, Treatise on the Gods, p.  244; Christopher Hitchens, God is Not Great, p. 73.