Hoping to make a point about "ridiculous" religious displays on public property, the Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics at UW-Madison (AHA) added their own display Monday to the Wisconsin State Capitol rotunda.
The group's display depicts the “Flying Spaghetti Monster,” a deity composed entirely of spaghetti and meatballs. It is claimed to be the one true God by proponents of the satirical religion of Pastafarianism, according to the group's press release.
AHA’s sign urges onlookers to “be touched by his noodly appendage, before it is too late!”
“We would prefer to keep our Capitol secular,” Sam Erickson, AHA president, said in a statement, “but if the state decides to turn it into an open forum, they have opened the floodgates. We hope everyone takes advantage of this opportunity to advertise their own viewpoints, no matter how silly.”
The group points out that the rotunda already is home to a Seinfeld-inspired “Festivus” pole and a “natural nativity scene” featuring Charles Darwin constructed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
AHA’s display concludes with the message: “Think this is ridiculous? We agree! Religious ideas should not be promoted within the halls of government. Protect the separation of church and state, it protects us all.”