Comment on the Open Letter

I wrote the Open Letter sometime around January of 2005 and posted it online several months later after receiving no reply from the Kansas School Board. Within days of posting it online, the letter became an internet phenomenon, generating tens of thousands of visits each day, as well as personal responses from the school board members themselves. To date (July 2010), the venganza website has received tens of millions of visits. This website operates on a dedicated server which lives in Sweden. I’ve received over 60,000 emails in response to the letter.

The letter, after making the rounds on the internet for months, was printed in several large newspapers, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Sun Times, and many others. The newspaper articles caught the attention of book publishers, and at one point there were six publishers interested in getting the Word of the Flying Spaghetti Monster out to the public. In the end, the Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster was released by Random House in March of 2006.

It’s now been several years since the FSM phenomenon started and it seems that there is a staying power that no one had anticipated. Future goals for the church include becoming recognized as a legitimate religious organization with all inherit benefits *and tax loopholes* that the mainstream religions enjoy.

Please leave me a comment on the Letter, the FSM movement as a whole, or whatever you like. Thanks,


4,300 Responses to “Comment on the Open Letter”

  1. MuchoAloha says:

    I am literally in love with this religion. Never before have I felt such a connection wwith Him, who I now know the true face of. I am a sincere devout believer, and would do anything for my cause. And pirates is badass too

  2. I hate god.....I mean bod. Not god...god is good, honest. says:
  3. Luke says:

    I took on pretty much my whole school with this :D:D But yeah, how can anything be proved? If you replaced FSM with GOD and told this to a christian then they would be like YEAH! But say FSM, oh no! Its rediculas, anyway i’m a devout believer like 4227 and agree totaly with him, and this!


  4. Drained and Washed Clean says:

    4222 – Rovert

    You do realize that hearing voices in your head is a sign of mental illness, right? So I am assuming you are going around to the other religions’ websites and posting how crazy they are, right?. I mean, seriously! They are the ones with the symptoms that signal the onset of schizophrenia. We just like Noodley Appendages…

  5. Eric Alexander says:

    So many wonderful things in the universe and this is what you spend your time on?

    Very sad.

  6. Drew says:

    I’m just curious as why most people.. in fact all that I’ve seen upset with this on this website are Christians ?

  7. pinataheart says:

    @ Eric Alexander -4231-:
    So many wonderful things in the universe and you spend your time criticizing what we spend our time on?
    Very sad.

  8. charles wiener says:

    why are people taking this so seriously….. its obviously a poke at Catholicism if not most religions for believing in a higher power that is odd or makes no sense. the person who created this is a genius and should win a nobel peace prize. GOD IS NOT REAL EVERYONE K GO HOME

  9. Chris says:

    My god….it makes so much sense……how could i not have seen this all before???

  10. Allahu Akbar says:

    May the almighty Allah strike you down for this mockery of him. You will all feel the wrath of the almighty Allah! ROT IN HELL YOU SCUM!

  11. Bobby says:

    Beautiful. They say to fight fire with fire, and now we’re fighting madness with madness. It’s very strange how separation of church and state has been completely ignored with the passing of Prop 8 in California and teaching religion in Science classes. I’m not really religious in the first place so I believe The Theory of Evolution exists and makes sense. Naturally, there is no absolute solid evidence for any religion or evolution since none of us were alive thousands or millions or billions of years ago, so if there is a God, I’ll happily chat with him when I go to heaven. I’m rambling, so thank you for your time if you’re reading this =)

  12. Nige says:

    This is just fantastic, I love it… I was having a chat with my mother yesterday about religion (she’s a Christian) and she cannot understand why I fail to have faith in her church even though they spend a lot of their time in fear of a mythical Bogey man. The interesting thing is she worries about ME!.
    I love my mum but maybe its time for a psychologist…..
    I would like to add in most other parts of her life she is a sane and lovely woman