Published on February 17, 2014 | by Danil Boparai0
Spaghetti Monster poster sparks controversy
Members of The South Bank University Atheism society have lodged an official complaint with the university following a row over the removal of their controversial poster.
Created by artist Arne Niklas Jannson, the poster shows a parody version of Michelangelo’s painting The Creation of Adam, and is entitled Touched by His Noodly Appendage.
The original, which forms part of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling, depicts contact between Adam and God.
Jannson’s version replaces the image of God with that of the ‘Flying Spaghetti Monster,’ the mock deity of ‘Pastafarianism,’ a movement that opposes the teaching of creationism in schools.
The poster also includes the text: “Looking for logic? Pastafarianism is a real religion.”
The posters were designed by members of the SBU Atheist society for their stall at the university’s fresher’s fair.
However, they claim that union delegates removed them on the first day of the fair.
The president of the LSB Atheist society, Cloe Ansari, says she initially wanted to use a poster of the original The Creation of Adam painting, but was told it was too offensive because it included a “naked man.”
However, after offering to pixelate the poster, it was explained that the issue was that The Creation of Adam is a religious painting.
“This incident is just one of a catalogue of attempts to censor our society,” Ansari said in a statement. “I never expected to face such blatant censorship and fragile sensibilities at university. I thought this would be an institution where I could challenge beliefs and in turn be challenged.”
She continued: “All I have seen is religious sensibilities trumping all other rights with no space for argument, challenge or reasoned debate. It is not what I expected when I came to university.”
“I never expected to face such blatant censorship and fragile sensibilities at university. I thought this would be an institution where I could challenge beliefs and in turn be challenged.” Cloe Ansari
President of LSB’s Student’s Union, Barbara Ahland, told press the union had “been made aware of an alleged incident that took place” and that they were “taking the allegation very seriously and an investigation is taking place.”
The National Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secular Student Societies called the move “utterly ridiculous.”
A spokesperson for LSBU told Arts London News: “London South Bank University hosts student societies on campus with a wide range of viewpoints. We work with the Students’ Union to achieve an inclusive and supportive environment for all of our students.”