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Flying Spaghetti Monster FAQ
Q1: Why is this described as a parody religion? Who determines whether or not a religion is a parody?
A1: Reliable sources. There is unanimity among reliable, third-party sources that the Flying Spaghetti Monster is a satire. Moreover, founder Bobby Henderson is implied to have said it was in an interview with USA Today. "I don't know if (the FSM parody) makes a difference," Henderson says. "People who really need to get it aren't probably listening. But if anything, it might bring some awareness to undecided people out there."  In any case, Wikipedia's standard for inclusion is verifiability, not truth. The bottom line is that we report what reliable sources have said.
Q2: This offends me, a true Pastafarian, or could offend others. Should Wikipedia really be deliberately offending others?
A2: Putting aside whether a "true Pastafarian" exists, Wikipedia is not censored for one group or another, even if that means offending some people.
Q3: Why does such an "insignificant" topic deserve such a long article?