Friday, October 24, 2014

New Frontiers in Religious Headdress

Freedom of religion is Constitutionally protected in the United States; and it is good when people mark solemn occasions with reflections of their religious beliefs.  In the case of oath-taking for public offices, it is a recognition that the person is taking his elected or appointed role seriously.

Unlike several countries, notably France, we usually don't have qualms about people wearing religious headdress, whether they're Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus, Orthodox Jews, or members of other faiths.

Christopher Schaefer, newly elected to the town council in Pomfert, New York, took his oath of office before the Town Clerk while wearing a colander on his head.  He did so, he explained, because he was a minister of the Pastafarian religion, in which they worship the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

I think that the good people of Pomfert should be confident that Council Member Schaefer will be diligent in his duties and that he has a sense of humor, unlike the typical politician.

Here's a volleyball team, possibly wearing religious headdress to reflect their spirituality:

Some people may go over the top with religious headdress. These products are actually marketed.  I don't think that the typical rabbi would approve.

But some forms of religious headdress are intrinsically funny, like miters.  But you can wear one when you play Cardinal Puff!


Linda Kay said...

Delightful post, Angel...the new council member must have quite a sense of humor, but I dare say I would be a bit skeptical of how serious he might be toward his service?

MarkD60 said...

religion overall is a joke.

Duckbutt said...

All politicians should wear colanders on their heads to prove they have no shame. Or even better: jock straps.

TexWisGirl said...

pastafarian. love.

Bilbo said...

Somehow, I doubt that a God capable of creating the immeasurable vastness of the universe and the incredible complexity of life on earh really cares very much what kind of hat you wear or whether you shave or not. He/she is probably too busy setting up hell for all the folks who think it's their duty to kill people who don't believe the way they do.

Anonymous said...

That's a new twist on the tin hat crowd.

Mike said...

I hope the pasatafarians realize that those three little feet on the colander could attract lightning.

Anemone said...

The pastafarians believe that the Flying Spaghetti Monster will protect them from lighting if they wear magical underwear.

Cloudia said...

wonderful essay of the subject!

thanks, pal

ALOHA from Honolulu