Flying Spaghetti Monster Joins Wisconsin State Capitol Holiday Religious Display
The Flying Spaghetti Monster has joined the array of holiday displays at the Wisconsin state capitol.
The Monster, a symbol of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, was erected by the University of Wisconsin’s Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics.
“Think this is ridiculous? We agree! Religious ideas should not be promoted in the halls of government. Protect the separation of Church and State, it protects us all,” the display says, according to a post on the group’s website.
According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the group’s president, Sam Erickson, said the AHA “would prefer to keep our Capitol secular.”
“But if the state decides to turn it into an open forum, they have opened the floodgates,” Erickson said in a statement. “We hope everyone takes advantage of this opportunity to advertise their own viewpoints, no matter how silly.”
The Monster display joins a Christmas tree, a Festivus pole, a “natural” nativity scene and a winter solstice sign in the capitol rotunda.