Here’s a few links worth reading on Pastafarianism, a new parody religion that is laying down the gauntlet for multiple theories of intelligent design to be taught in science classes around America.
The premise is that “Flying Spaghetti Monster” cult devotees deserve an equal hearing on their creation science ideas.
I noted the following comment on the Wikipedia site with interest:
A rival faction, based on SPAM (Spaghetti & Pulsar Activating Meatballs), has formed and is calling for a Holy War against FSM … The SPAM website is a subsection of Yoism, which calls itself “the world’s first open source religion,”  and also claims to be the first serious religion with a sense of humor, obviously having never heard of the history of the Church of the SubGenius or Discordianism.
Now, I must say thanks to Tall Skinny Kiwi for bringing the phenomena to the attention of emerging church bloggers, but, but, but, I note once again that EC bloggers picking up on this are failing to do any serious exegesis. They are commenting without really asking what is this in front of their faces.
Are any aware, for instance, that Discordianism is a form of Neo-Paganism that, humour aside, involves serious magic. Yes, the Principa Discordia is seriously bent at first glance, but I can personally vouch that Discordians I’ve met in my journeys are as hard core as any other Neo-Pagans or Esotericists. As an aside, it was interesting to read Margot Alder’s “Drawing Down The Moon” recently and find out just how many pagan groups started out as joke religions.
So the issue at hand: how is that emerging church bloggers, who claim to be so much more attuned to new spirituality currents than their modernist counterparts, are not reflecting on this missiologically? What does Pastafarianism say about our culture? Why attack creationism in this way, through myth making, rather than a more analytic way? Yes, we like to laugh at the fundie Christians too at times, but do get so caught up in post-modern culture that we’re unable to analyse it? Have a laugh by all means, but seriously, if you wish to call yourself a missionary in the seas of post-modernity, do your exegesis.