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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Atheists Rejoice: Elected Official Takes Oath of Office While Wearing a Colander on His Head

Posted by on Wed, Jan 8, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Alex Moore at Death and Taxes writes: the small town of Pomfret, CT, Christopher Schaeffer—newly elected Town Council Member and Pastafarian minister...[took] the oath office whilst wearing the traditional pasta strainer on his head.

Pastafarians, of course, are people who worship the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Greg Fox, a reporter for the Dunkirk, New York Observer explains:

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."

A dogma is a set of principles laid down by an authority as truth, such as the doctrine of an organized religion.

Between this and the Oklahoma Satanist Statue, 2014 is shaping up to be a banner year for weird religions.


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Urgutha Forka 1
2014 is shaping up to be a banner year for weird religions.
All religions are weird.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on January 8, 2014 at 8:20 AM · Report this
theophrastus 2
As a member of the second protestant reform church of TFSM i call blasphemy! for the colander is an overt image of the anti-pasta! (and i quote) Ruben 3:86 "and the fiend rose and did shake the lord in the colander of sonoma of william, and the people were sore oppressed as aldente was yet to be seen upon the planes of amana"
Posted by theophrastus on January 8, 2014 at 8:35 AM · Report this
rob! 3
@2, as a member of the less-fundamentalist local franchise (we attend services once a year in the banquet room of an Olive Garden 200 miles away), I am merely miffed that he chose not to don the traditional three-legged aluminum colander with rakish side handles.
Posted by rob! on January 8, 2014 at 8:51 AM · Report this
It would've been more appropriate if he dressed in pirates garb, the original Pastafarians, and answered "Arg" for the affirmative to his oath.
Posted by BayouBoy on January 8, 2014 at 9:05 AM · Report this
ScienceNerd 5
I'm a fundamentalist Pastafarian and I agree with @4.
Posted by ScienceNerd on January 8, 2014 at 9:13 AM · Report this
I'd like to apologize for the hostility displayed by my fellow TFSMer, #2.
We're not all like that.

I respect the intensity of his belief, but think that we should all just be happy that a elected official used his noodle.
Posted by dirge on January 8, 2014 at 9:15 AM · Report this
theophrastus 7
You foul apostates will all burn in the everlasting cauldrons of puttanesca upon the fourth ring of béchamel!!
Posted by theophrastus on January 8, 2014 at 9:21 AM · Report this
Holy pasta sauce such sectarian bickering.
Posted by Machiavelli was framed on January 8, 2014 at 9:35 AM · Report this
Bubba Clinton swore in the new socialist liberal Mayor of NY on a BIBLE, and said it was "fitting" to do so.
Posted by get with the program on January 8, 2014 at 9:40 AM · Report this
@6: Prove that you're a NALT. Start an organization that works to protect the rights of all people who are sworn in to local city councils to wear whatever headgear they want (or no headgear at all).

Until you do that, I have no choice but to believe that all fundamentalist FSMists speak for you and your beliefs.
Posted by An indelicate gesture on January 8, 2014 at 9:49 AM · Report this
If we are going to start using "squoze" as a real word, I'm going to have to reject the prosecutor's usage and insist that it's only appropriate for harmless squeezings.
Correct: I picked that cuddly kitten up and just squoze him.
Incorrect (in addition to being more despicable than a Pastafarian in a three-legged colander): The defendant squoze a baby's head so hard it caused brain damage.
Posted by Thel on January 8, 2014 at 10:09 AM · Report this
@9, well they're both Christians, so good for them.
Posted by GermanSausage on January 8, 2014 at 10:57 AM · Report this
Not to brag, seek converts, or get all competitive or anything, but as a member of a (Hicksite/Quietist/Unprogrammed/FGC) Quaker meeting, I feel obliged to point out that we're dogma-free, too, and way older than the Pastafarians. Plus, we sometimes serve pasta-based dishes during Social Hour. Alas, we gave up funny costumes and headgear some time back. It seemed odd to have "simple dress" mean 18th Century costume without shiny buttons. These days, we get by with jeans and sneakers, or whatever you're usually happy stepping out of the house wearing on a weekend morning.

So, if perchance any of you would be amused by sitting quietly in a room full of old peaceniks, contemplating the inner or outer universe, please consider yourselves invited.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on January 8, 2014 at 11:19 AM · Report this
12 you can't resist, can you.
Posted by me and my shadow on January 8, 2014 at 11:33 AM · Report this
Knat 15
It's probably better that he went with a plastic colander. If it were metal, it would have caused a lot of glare for the photographer. He was thinking ahead.
Posted by Knat on January 8, 2014 at 11:50 AM · Report this
Only a yellow plastic colander is permitted for use in such situations! See Ziti 3:25 "And lo his colander was yellow and mightily was he blessed by the touch of the noodly appendage."
Posted by Hanoumatoi on January 8, 2014 at 12:06 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 17
This pasta is the body and blood of the Great manicotti who was sacrificed for your Parmesan cheeses, partake and become one with the sauce.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on January 8, 2014 at 1:25 PM · Report this
I've always wondered, 'If you mix pasta with antipasta, will it explode?'
Posted by CPN on January 8, 2014 at 1:38 PM · Report this
I'm an atheist who calls himself agnostic simply because the vast majority of internet atheists are fucking insufferable.
Posted by johnjjeeves on January 9, 2014 at 12:52 PM · Report this

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