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Pastafarian Town Council Member Sworn in While Wearing a Colander on His Head
UPI ^ | Jan. 7, 2014 | Evan Bleier

Posted on 01/09/2014 12:32:23 PM PST by nickcarraway

It wasn’t his flashy suit or fresh haircut that people noticed when new Pomfret, N.Y. Town Council member Christopher Schaeffer was sworn in last week -- it was the colander he wore on his head.

Schaeffer was wearing the spaghetti strainer atop his dome because he is a minister with the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

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

According to its website, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster really started to take off in 2005.

"Our ideal is to scrutinize ideas and actions, but ignore general labels," the website says.

"Some claim that the church is purely a thought experiment, satire, illustrating that Intelligent Design is not science, but rather a pseudoscience manufactured by Christians to push Creationism (the doctrine that God created the universe) into public schools. These people are mistaken. The Church of FSM is real, totally legit, and backed by hard science. Anything that comes across as humor or satire is purely coincidental."

Members of the church are called Pastafarians.

"Most of us do not believe a religion -- Christianity, Islam, Pastafarianism -- requires literal belief in order to provide spiritual enlightenment," the website reads. "That is, we can be part of a community without becoming indoctrinated. There are many levels of belief."

Pastafarian or not, Schaeffer plans on making the citizens of Pomfret proud.

"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."

The church called Schaeffer’s choice of headwear “encouraging news.”


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1 posted on 01/09/2014 12:32:23 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

It’s a hate group I guess.


2 posted on 01/09/2014 12:34:50 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: nickcarraway

They probably have garlic bread and spaghetti sauce for communion. I could go for that...


3 posted on 01/09/2014 12:35:27 PM PST by 43north (I could never be a liberal because I can't get my head far enough up my arse.)
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To: nickcarraway

Ahhhhh....there’s nothing funnier than an atheist with a strainer on his head. He was trying to catch his brain, but it slipped through.


4 posted on 01/09/2014 12:37:05 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: nickcarraway

A spaghetti priest got elected in a town named for “french-fries” (pomme-frittes). Sounds perfectly normal to me.


5 posted on 01/09/2014 12:37:25 PM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations: The acronym defines the science.)
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To: nickcarraway

“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.

Well good for him, I hope he provides good service to the citizens of his town. It doesn’t matter what religion he is, even though this sounds like something out of Monty Python.


6 posted on 01/09/2014 12:38:19 PM PST by jocon307
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To: nickcarraway
I love those folks.

They demonstrate the absurd by being absurd, much like America's favorite talk radio host.

7 posted on 01/09/2014 12:40:18 PM PST by elkfersupper
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To: jocon307

It’s not a religion - it’s a way to ridicule Christians. Kind of like blackface directed towards Christians.


8 posted on 01/09/2014 12:40:24 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway; All

I prefer the Church of the Green Chile Enchilada Troll. Believers and non Believers get the same burning sensation /sarc


9 posted on 01/09/2014 12:41:59 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Amnesty And Not Ending ObamaCare Will Kill GOP In 2014)
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To: nickcarraway

Freedom to act like a bitter, spiteful idiot.


10 posted on 01/09/2014 12:42:52 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: nickcarraway
Why bother with an oath of office? You get the government you deserve...

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11 posted on 01/09/2014 12:43:04 PM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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Yes, a major shift is occurring, but not the one many people assume. Advancing naturalism (the belief that nature is all there is) produces both expected and unexpected effects. The Harris poll found that belief in Darwin’s theory of evolution increased to 47 percent, up from 42 percent in 2005

As a result, some will crow that “Science is winning over superstition!” But it isn’t. Between 2005 and 2013, belief increased in

– ghosts from 41% to 42%

– UFOs from 35% to 36%

– astrology stayed the same at 29%

– witches decreased significantly from 31% to 26%

– reincarnation increased from 21% to 24%

While the noted increases are small, we should expect declines nearly across the board instead, if the “science wins” thesis were correct. (The one exception is UFOs; as a “sciencey” belief, they correlate with naturalism despite lack of evidence.) Further, we would expect young people (18–36) to reject ghosts and reincarnation more strongly than older people (68+) do.

And they don’t. On the contrary, younger folk believe in ghosts at 44% to seniors’ 24%. In UFOs at 36% to 30%. In astrology at 33% to 23%. In witches at 27% to 18%. And in reincarnation at 27% to 13%.

In short, naturalism offers liberation, not from the bonds of superstition but from the burden of rationality. And we must address the fact that increasing numbers of young people are embracing that liberation. More.


12 posted on 01/09/2014 12:44:41 PM PST by Heartlander (We are all Rodeo Clowns now!)
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To: nickcarraway

That’s awesome. I wonder if 500 years from now people will have forgotten the joke and pastafarians will actually be a serious thing. Hope not.


13 posted on 01/09/2014 12:45:11 PM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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To: 43north

I think he’s a few meatballs short of linguini lite !!


14 posted on 01/09/2014 12:46:08 PM PST by Tilted Irish Kilt (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: PowderMonkey

Plastic is too informal for such a solemn event - he should have gone with a nice shiny stainless steel strainer.


15 posted on 01/09/2014 12:46:55 PM PST by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: Secret Agent Man

God will not be mocked...
we’ll just let Him take care of stuff like this,
He’ll do a better job of it than we could ever do.


16 posted on 01/09/2014 12:48:31 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: nickcarraway
It’s not a religion - it’s a way to ridicule Christians. Kind of like blackface directed towards Christians.>/I>

Wrong. It is like blackface directed towards all religions.

You say that like it is a bad thing.

17 posted on 01/09/2014 12:51:03 PM PST by elkfersupper
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To: nickcarraway
Didn't Dennis SpaceBoy Kuchinich wear a Tin Fiol Hat when he was last sworn in?


18 posted on 01/09/2014 12:52:15 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ( a Safe..and Sane....2014 To All!)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

Perhaps. But he does seem to be clever and funny which is a very refreshing change from the sanctimonious a-holes that infest politics these days.


19 posted on 01/09/2014 12:53:42 PM PST by 43north (I could never be a liberal because I can't get my head far enough up my arse.)
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To: nickcarraway

“...it’s a way to ridicule Christians.”

Do you think so? Maybe it’s just a mockery of all religion.

I feel like I heard something about this just the other day, it really rang a bell when I read your post. But I can’t remember where or what it was about.

Do you remember “The church of the sub-genius”? That was a thing for a while, in the 80s I guess. I never really got it, people used to talk about a guy named Bob Dobbs, some silliness like that. I should ask my old lefty friend on facebook, I bet he’d remember.


20 posted on 01/09/2014 12:54:15 PM PST by jocon307
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To: 43north
43north: ".. he does seem to be clever and funny which is a very refreshing change from the sanctimonious a-holes that infest politics these days."

I agree ,..whole heartedly !!
yes , that is exactly the term -" sanctimonious a-holes"

21 posted on 01/09/2014 12:58:00 PM PST by Tilted Irish Kilt (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: jocon307

One of my computer servers is named Bob Dobbs. The Church of the Subgenious is much older than Pastafarians.

/johnny


22 posted on 01/09/2014 12:59:51 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: nickcarraway

“It’s such a fine line between stupid and, uh .......... clever.”


23 posted on 01/09/2014 1:06:30 PM PST by cdcdawg (Be seeing you...)
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To: discostu
I wonder if 500 years from now... pastafarians will actually be a serious thing.

It depends. Probably not... but all bets are off if they spread their sauce... er, word by the sword

24 posted on 01/09/2014 1:06:55 PM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: nickcarraway

“It’s not a religion - it’s a way to ridicule Christians. Kind of like blackface directed towards Christians.”

On the day that the Flying Spaghetti Monster returns, and touches you with his noodly appendage, you will rue the day you made fun of us Pastafarians!

On the seventh day of floating around infinite nothingness, after six days of rest, the FSM said, ‘Let there be a Universe, or something!’ And there was a Universe, or something not terribly far off. And the FSM saw that it was pretty damn good, especially the bits with a light sauce.

—the Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster


25 posted on 01/09/2014 1:08:18 PM PST by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: PowderMonkey

I, Bababooey, do slolomly sweah...

26 posted on 01/09/2014 1:11:31 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: nickcarraway

New Yorkers. Now they have a Communist for a Governor, and a Nincompoop for City Council. He’ll fit right in.


27 posted on 01/09/2014 1:20:56 PM PST by lee martell
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To: GeronL

If you ask me the guy is just an asshat.


28 posted on 01/09/2014 1:24:32 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

He, like Marion Barry, is a fine example of democracy in action. He’s a perfect representative of his constituency.


29 posted on 01/09/2014 1:25:53 PM PST by NorthMountain
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To: JRandomFreeper

LOL, I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who remembers! It is a good name for a server.


30 posted on 01/09/2014 1:32:22 PM PST by jocon307
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To: nickcarraway

Ace of Spades has a post up about this (includes a pic of the swearing in, btw) and after reading it I’m somewhat rethinking this. However, the guy was elected and now he will serve; I hope for his sake and the sake of his town that he’ll take his office more seriously than he takes religion.

Here is the link:

http://minx.cc/?post=346298


31 posted on 01/09/2014 1:34:45 PM PST by jocon307
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To: elkfersupper

The Clampers have been at the fine art of absurdity and have taken quaffing nature’s finest adult beverages to new, and legendary heights since the 1,800’s. They do quite a bit of charity work, and place plaques in exceptional locations noting the historical facts of the region where they are placed. I was invited to join... but didn’t know for sure who or what they were (about,) without doing some research, during the spontaneous invitation. I think they would give the spaghetti eaters a run for their money.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E_Clampus_Vitus


32 posted on 01/09/2014 1:35:16 PM PST by freepersup (Patrolling the waters off Free Republic one dhow at a time.)
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To: PowderMonkey

The fellas hanging on the wall are amused.


33 posted on 01/09/2014 1:36:22 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: jocon307

SubG is still going somewhat strong:
http://www.subgenius.com/index.htm


34 posted on 01/09/2014 1:36:50 PM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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To: nickcarraway
Our young people need to be able to argue this kind of foolishness (and mockery). The Bible can stand up to any scrutiny and God always has the last laugh (e.g. global warming ship stuck in ice).

However, most of our young people (and old) are not equipped to defend the Faith against the so-called "wise of this age". Here is a typical dialog with a scoffing atheist professor:

“So, Clayton, you believe in God and you’re a Christian, correct?”

“Yes, correct.”

“Okay, I believe in the Flying Spaghetti Monster. I am a Pastafarian. For those who do not know what that is, it is the genuine religion of all those who worship the Flying Spaghetti Monster god. Clayton, when is the last time you saw your God?”

“Actually, I have not seen him.”

“Really? I saw my god this morning. So, Clayton, if your God is real, can he make a rock so big that he cannot lift it?”

“Oooow,” some of the students chorus.

“I guess I have never…”

“Can your God commit suicide?”

He hears a few giggles.

Frustrated at the barrage of questions, Clayton says, emphatically, “But if we could see God, how would we know it was actually God and not some other being?”

“Are you saying you would not recognize your God?”

“No, I am just saying…”

“So, you can’t see your God, you can’t hear your God, you can’t touch your God, you can’t smell your God and you certainly can’t taste your God, correct? Clayton, I want to tell you in no uncertain terms that I can see, smell, feel, sometimes hear, and taste my Flying Spaghetti Monster god.” Now many of the students are laughing and his face feels hot.

“I tell you what Clayton,” the professor says, condescendingly. “Why don’t you think about the questions I have asked you and then come and talk to me when you are ready.” He looks around as if for affirmation and some of the students break out in applause.


35 posted on 01/09/2014 1:37:37 PM PST by Jan_Sobieski (Sanctification)
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To: MeshugeMikey

The colander is a gigantic technological leap forward and rendered the basic tinfoil hat obsolete. You see, with the colander, your thoughts can still be projected through the little holes while at the same time the colander provides protection against other thoughts getting in. Particularly the bad thoughts that come from the street lights and electrical outlets (of course, you need the row of paperclips in the cuff of your pants for complete protection against the electrical outlets).

Better schizophrenia through technology.


36 posted on 01/09/2014 1:38:31 PM PST by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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To: PowderMonkey

From his belt-line, it looks like he may be an adherent of the lasagna heresy...


37 posted on 01/09/2014 1:44:05 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

SpaceBoy wears a Tin Foil Hat every day. H e never leaves home without it.


38 posted on 01/09/2014 1:46:44 PM PST by certrtwngnut (')
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To: MrB

“God will not be mocked...
we’ll just let Him take care of stuff like this,
He’ll do a better job of it than we could ever do.”

Its ironic that a colander is used to sift.


39 posted on 01/09/2014 1:47:47 PM PST by right way right (What's it gonna take? (guillotines?))
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To: jocon307
I hope for his sake and the sake of his town that he’ll take his office more seriously than he takes religion.

Indeed. One would expect a serious Pastafarian to have a nice ceremonial steel colander.

40 posted on 01/09/2014 1:52:13 PM PST by Vroomfondel
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To: jocon307

I hope he provides good service to the citizens of his town. It doesn’t matter what religion he is, even though this sounds like something out of Monty Python.

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The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster was a direct result of the discussions of Intelligent Design, wherein the ID believers sugguest that they don’t know who the Designer is and that it frankly doesn’t matter, just that the designer exists. As a result of taking that position, how could the IDers deny the possibility that it was the Flying Spaghetti Monster who is the designer.

The crevo wars here on FR back in the day were great sport.


41 posted on 01/09/2014 1:52:55 PM PST by dmz
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To: nickcarraway

Well, we KNOW how they’ll be making decisions.

They throw a piece of spaghetti up against the wall and if it sticks, it’s a “Yea”...if it doesn’t...it’s a “Nay”.


42 posted on 01/09/2014 1:53:28 PM PST by moovova
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To: nickcarraway

It’s not a religion - it’s a way to ridicule Christians. Kind of like blackface directed towards Christians.

<><><><

Not true. It’s about ridiculing some of the statments made by believers in Intelligent Design.


43 posted on 01/09/2014 1:59:15 PM PST by dmz
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To: tcrlaf
My nephew was married in a semi-pastafarian ceremony, guests were dressed as pirates or ninjas. It was a nice ceremony with almost all attendees joining in the celebration.

Since I am known as the strange uncle, I dressed as the Spanish Inquisition (no one expects the Spanish Inquisition).

44 posted on 01/09/2014 1:59:52 PM PST by par4
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To: Carpe Cerevisi

Plastic is too informal for such a solemn event - he should have gone with a nice shiny stainless steel strainer.

<><><>

I agree. White plastic colander after Labor Day. Fashion faux pas.


45 posted on 01/09/2014 2:00:30 PM PST by dmz
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To: par4

hahahaha!


46 posted on 01/09/2014 2:02:46 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: PowderMonkey

Yes, Mencken would agree.

The only way to solve what is being taught in schools is to end government involvement in education at all levels. Privatize all of it, from beginning through college. Then parents and students can choose what they want for themselves. Until that happens, we will have a perpetual battle for control of the curriculum and every other aspect of education in government schools.


47 posted on 01/09/2014 2:09:31 PM PST by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: MrB

Amen. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. It is apparent this man lacks both.


48 posted on 01/09/2014 2:10:40 PM PST by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: nickcarraway
Members of the church are called Pastafarians.

Signature hymns of various churches:

Lutheran: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
Methodist: Oh, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing
Baptist: Just As I Am
Pastafarian: Living In the Pasta

49 posted on 01/09/2014 2:22:33 PM PST by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: discostu

They need a better writer. Elron Hubbard (I know, L. Ron) pulled off a marvelous scam with Scientology.


50 posted on 01/09/2014 2:32:12 PM PST by Cboldt
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