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'Pastafarian' Politician Sworn Into Office While Wearing Spaghetti Strainer on His Head

The Pomfret, N.Y., town council member is also a minister in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Spaghetti. Not a monster.(Shutterstock)

photo of Matt  Berman
January 6, 2014

It's something of a faux pas for politicians to be sworn into public office while wearing kitchen appliances. So this must be a first: Christopher Schaeffer—a new Town Council member in Pomfret, N.Y.—was sworn into office Thursday while wearing a spaghetti strainer on his head.

Here is the proof, from Dunkirk's Observer. (Greg Fox, Observer)

The strainer comes with a purpose. Schaeffer is a self-professed Pastafarian, and a minister of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. The church plays off traditional, organized religion by rallying around a supposed Flying Spaghetti Monster in the sky.

 

Schaeffer explained why he wore the strainer to The Observer: "It's just a statement about religious freedom.... It's a religion without any dogma." The apparel also served as a specific political statement against a Russian crackdown on Pastafarians at a parade last summer.

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is delighted. "This may be the first openly Pastafarian sworn into office," a post on the church's official site reads. "For sure, the first to be sworn in wearing a colander." Even in 2014, there is always room for a few more firsts for American politics.

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