Flying Spaghetti Monster Banned from London University Grounds
Mascot for atheists deemed "religiously offensive"
It was meant as a humorous poster to promote a secular society during a university start of term event, but the image of Michelangelo's famous 'Creation of Adam' fresco featuring the satirical deity the Flying Spaghetti Monster has sparked an unlikely freedom of speech row.
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster came about as a humorous response to the teaching of intelligent design in American schools in 2005. It has since caught on as an anti-religion statement and become popular with secular societies on British university campuses.
The offending poster was put up at London South Bank University last week by non-religious students from the South Bank Atheist Society, only for it to be reportedly removed by student union officials for being "religiously offensive".