With apologies to "Catch 22":
I do not believe in God. But the god I don't believe in is a tolerant god with a sense of humor, who wants us to have a good time and be nice to each other. In other words, he's the Flying Spaghetti Monster. The only god (in my limited experience) who's never told people to go out and slaughter each other, or stone each other.
I think the FSM appeals to so many people because of the mix of humanistic tolerance and humor. And maybe because when you do get into an argument with fundamentalists and you bring up serious points about science or the inconsistencies of the Bible, they come back with circular logic and non sequetors and accuse you of who-knows-what odd positions you've never taken. But when you turn their own logic against them and argue that, yes, the world was created 5,000 years ago and made to look old, but that the creator is an invisible flying plate of spaghetti and meatballs, and then you bring in the whole pirate thing, and the beer volcano, it stops them in their tracks. They've got to reply for that. It hits them like a broadside cannonade and completely dismasts them.
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-- Emma Goldman