Town councilor in New York wears colander on head for swearing-in

Jan. 8, 2014 at 2:29 PM

POMFRET, N.Y., Jan. 8 (UPI) -- A town councilor in New York who wore a pasta colander on his head when he took the oath of office said it was a statement about religious freedom.

Christopher Schaeffer, who donned the kitchen utensil when he took the oath of office as a Pomfret Town Council member Tuesday afternoon, said he is a minister in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a tongue-in-cheek group opposed to the teaching of intelligent design and creationism in public schools, the (Dunkirk) Observer reported Wednesday.

"It's just a statement about religious freedom," he said. "It's a religion without any dogma."

Schaeffer said several church members, who are called Pastafarians, were arrested at a Russian parade last summer on charges of organizing an unsanctioned rally because they "offended the Orthodox Church."

"Somebody called the cops, and the cops came and arrested them," he said.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Mysterious shimmering 'UFO' filmed over Philadelphia
Virginia teen spots important error at Boston science museum
Broadway audience member tries to charge phone on stage
Alabama man offering $10,000 to find him a girlfriend
Swedes use bottle of water to blow up microwave