...and be sure to make note of Thursday, January 2, 2014, the date on which Perforated Headgear achieved a new level of respectability in the great State of New York.
It was on that date that Christopher Schaeffer, a practicing member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (just what those practices are, who can say?) was sworn in as a member of the Pomfret Town Council while wearing his religiously mandated colander.
“‘Strainer’ things have happened.” Christopher Schaeffer is sworn in as a member of the Pomfret Town Council while wearing a colander, the Pastafarian version of a yarmulke. [OBSERVER Photo by Greg Fox.]
A few years back, there was a bit of a stir when an Austrian gentleman insisted upon being photographed for his driver’s license whilst wearing a pasta strainer. The courts eventually agreed with him on the basis that his wearing a Holey Chapeau was dictated by his religious beliefs... and that he was psychologically fit to exercise same.
The struggle to extend the religious legitimacy of the Church of the FSM has now reached our fair shores, with the Town of Pomfret in the lead. Pomfret, which lies on the southeastern shore of Lake Erie roughly midway between Buffalo, New York and Erie, Pennsylvania, has shown itself to be a community that welcomes those with unorthodox spiritual views, a positive sign in my not-so-humble opinion. Pastafarians everywhere, rejoice!
As for me, I need no religious approbation in order to wear a noodle strainer on my own noodle... for I am Captain Colander.