How Powerful Is The Flying Spaghetti Monster?

Atheists around the world are using the Flying Spaghetti Monster to express their beliefs. So how did the FSM become a symbol of satire?

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Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (venganza.org)
"With millions, if not thousands, of devout worshipers, the Church of the FSM is widely considered a legitimate religion, even by its opponents - mostly fundamentalist Christians, who have accepted that our God has larger balls than theirs."

Pastafarians rejoice as Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is granted permission to register as a religion in Poland (independent.co.uk)
"A church that worships an invisible flying spaghetti monster can now apply to be registered as an official religion in Poland, after a 2013 court ruling was overturned on Tuesday."

A closer look at America's rapidly growing religious 'nones' (pewresearch.org)
"Religiously unaffiliated people have been growing as a share of all Americans for some time."