Pastafarian Christopher Schaeffer Takes Oath of Office

Christopher Schaeffer wears a strainer as he takes his oath


Back in October, Christopher Schaeffer announced his candidacy for election to the Pomfret Town Board in New York. He was elected the following month and was sworn in Thursday.

Why is any of that relevant to the rest of you?

Because of how Schaeffer took his oath of office: With a strainer on his head as a representative of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster…

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.

“It’s just a statement about religious freedom,” he said. “It’s a religion without any dogma.”


  • January 6, 2014 - 10:05 am | Permalink

    As far as “no dogma,” I saw on Facebook that there are eight “I’d rather you didn’ts” instead of commandments (two of the original ten were lost coming down Mt. Salsa), and that Pastafarians time their holidays on a liturgical colander.

  • January 6, 2014 - 10:27 am | Permalink

    Mt. Salsa? Seems like it should be Mt. Marinara.

  • Alijah Simon
    January 6, 2014 - 5:23 pm | Permalink

    BRAVERY! These are the kinds of politicians we need. Loving this guy!

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