A university in the U.K. has banned a group of students from posting flyers depicting the "Flying Spaghetti Monster" image on the basis that the practice could be deemed offensive to Christians.
The Flying Spaghetti Monster became an Internet phenomenon in the mid-2000s as an ironic, satirical symbol used by atheists and others of non-religious belief. The character was initially invented as a protest against the Kansas State Board of Education’s decision to teach creationism in public schools, but it quickly became popular amongst people who wanted to express their nonbelief in a tangible, humorous way. Followers of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster referred to themselves as "pastafarians." They argued that belief in a Flying Spaghetti Monster is equally as valid as a belief in a more traditionally valued God.
Although the Flying Spaghetti Monster has significantly faded in online popularity, the symbol often reemerges as an argument against creationism and intelligent design.
That’s how a group of students at London’s South Bank University were using the image. The group, known as the South Bank Atheist Society, posted the image on their stall at the university’s orientation week. According to Raw Story, the students had hung posters depicting Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam” that replaced God with the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
School officials forced the students to take down the images for being “religiously offensive.”
Cloe Ansari, president of the group, claimed that she did not expect to be unjustly shut down by the university.
“This incident is just one of a catalogue of attempts to censor our society. I never expected to face such blatant censorship and fragile sensibilities at university, I thought this would be an institution where I could challenge beliefs and in turn be challenged,” Ansari said.
Source: Raw Story