Pastafarian minister sworn into office

Published January 6th, 2014 by Bobby Henderson


Encouraging news, reported by The Observer out of Dunkirk, New York:

A unique style of headwear was present during newly-seated Pomfret Town Council member Christopher Schaeffer’s oath of office Thursday afternoon, but it wasn’t intended to keep his head warm.

Schaeffer wore a colander (a strainer typically used to drain water from spaghetti) while Town Clerk Allison Dispense administered the oath of office to him before the board’s reorganizational meeting. When the OBSERVER asked afterward why he wore a colander on his head, Schaeffer said he was a minister with an even more unique organization – the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

This may be the first openly Pastafarian sworn into office. For sure, the first to be sworn in wearing a colander.

I imagine Council member Schaeffer is getting a lot of heat because of the news coverage. Some people will see it as obnoxious or a sign that he’s not taking the oath of office seriously. But I am completely confident that Schaeffer will distinguish himself as a Council member of the highest caliber.

Scaeffer’s statement at the end of the article says it all:

“Mostly, I’m just looking forward to making sure that the town is run smoothly and we meet the needs of all of our citizens,” he said. “If anybody ever has any concerns or questions, I hope they contact me, because I want to make sure that everyone is represented.”

You can read the article here at the Observer.

172 Responses to “Pastafarian minister sworn into office”

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  1. Rasputin says:

    Welcome back, St. G! We’ve missed ye! Stabilise a wobbly colander by wearing a woolen hat underneath. Try your husband’s skull cap.

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  3. stephen berkey says:

    Where does it say that the colander is the official headdress for ministers of the faith? The US Army recent started allowing other religious head wear while in uniform and i wish to get ours authorized as well.

    • Fat Bastard says:

      Stephen, just make sure that they are not bullet holes.

  4. Mr lauren cornett says:

    Is there anything that talks about beards and if they can be part of the religious uniform??

  5. Captain Birdseye says:

    Lauren, beards make an admirable emergency colander and are thus holy. True Pirates will retain a snack therein for later.

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  7. Bobby Roades says:

    How do I go about wearing a colander in my id photo? Do I just wear it, and tell the I am a Pastafarian? Or do I need proof of my religion?

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