‘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.
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Matt Berman
Jan. 6, 2014, 11:34 a.m.

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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