In November last year, the Mass. Registry of Motor Vehicles allowed a Pastafarian woman to wear a colander in her driver’s license picture, reports FOX25.
This comes after The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center's attorneys were enlisted to assist with the woman's appeal after she was denied the right to wear it in her license photo by the RMV.
Lindsay Miller says she is a Pastafarian, also known as a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, which is a secular religion that believes the existence of a "spaghetti monster" to be just as possible as the existence of God.
So she filed an administrative appeal and was scheduled to attend an appeal in October about the matter, but it was postponed and the RMV has decided to let her wear the spaghetti strainer in her photo.
Miller said, "As a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, I feel delighted that my Pastafarianism has been respected by the Massachusetts RMV. While I don't think the government can involve itself in matters of religion, I do hope this decision encourages my fellow Pastafarian Atheists to come out and express themselves as I have."
However, Miller was not the first Pastifarian to get a colander officially acknowledged. Already in 2013, a Czech man got approval to wear a colander as religious headgear.
Lukas Novy claimed the headgear provides protection against the flying spaghetti monster, and the Czech authorities gave him the right to wear a colander on his head on his national ID card, reports VG.
Among the doctrines of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster: Always wear a colander.
According to Novy, this has to be worn all the time to honor the divine - a monster consisting of spaghetti and meatballs.
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