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College bans Flying Spaghetti Monster poster as ‘religiously offensive’

by Brad A. Greenberg

February 11, 2014 | 7:37 pm

Touched by His Noodly Appendage, featuring the Flying Spaghetti Monster, was originally created in August 2005 by the Swedish designer Niklas Jansson as a parody of Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam.

You know Michaelangelo's The Creation of Adam?

You've seen it. If not pictures from the fresco in the Sistine Chapel, then when George Michael Bluth stepped into the role of Adam on "Arrested Development."

The South Bank Atheist Society at London's South Bank University used a modified version of Michaelangelo's masterpiece. Instead of God reaching out to Adam, they substituted in a flying spaghetti monster on a poster to promote an upcoming event. And that was too much for student union officials, who removed the poster for being "religiously offensive."

The Independent reports:

Initially the secular student society reported it was told that “Adam’s genitals” were the issue before union officials allegedly told them the posters caused “religious offences” and their stall was banned from the start-of-term student event.

The campus row has been seized upon by the British Humanist Association (BHA) and the National Federation of Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secular Students Societies (AHS) who have condemned the poster’s removal as “utterly ridiculous” and part of “rising tide of frivolous censorship” at British universities.

South Bank University is a public institution, but keep in mind that England has no First Amendment. (That was painfully clear in the wake of the Edward Snowden NSA revelations last summer.) But the move comes off as heavy-handed and not in the least bit in the spirit of a place of higher learning.

If college students can't have conversations about these things, who can?

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