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Boiling Mad?

A New York politician who says he worships the Flying Spaghetti Monster was sworn in as a council member for the town of Pomfret last month. He wore a colander on his head for the ceremony, as befits his status as a committed pastafarian.

Pastafarians like Christopher Schaeffer claim that the only creed of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is the rejection of dogma. He told the local paper that the stunt was a 'statement about religious freedom'.

'There are no strict rules and regulations, there are no rote rituals and prayers and other nonsense.'

'Some people will see it as obnoxious or a sign that he's not taking the oath of office seriously,' said the founder of the faith, Bobby Henderson. 'But I am completely confident that Schaeffer will distinguish himself as a Council member of the highest calibre.'

The Flying Spaghetti Monster was first described in an open letter written by Henderson to protest against a Kansas State Board decision to permit the teaching of intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in public school science classes. The letter satirizes creationist ideas by professing the belief that whenever a scientist carbon dates an object, a supernatural creator that closely resembles spaghetti and meatballs is there 'changing the results with His Noodly Appendage'. Henderson argued that his beliefs were just as valid as those of intelligent design, and called for Flying Spaghetti Monsterism to be allotted equal time in science classrooms alongside intelligent design and evolution. The Church's website states: 'We can be part of a community without becoming indoctrinated. There are many levels of belief.'

Mr Schaeffer stood for his oath with the town clerk Allison Dispense, with what has been described as a 'proud stare' on his face as he recited his words.

The photo (above) went viral across the internet but Schaeffer says he is not interested in the attention. He has not discussed whether any similar gestures will be made while in office and has said he just wants to get on with the job.

'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 insists.