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Religious headgear for the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster?

by Brad A. Greenberg

July 15, 2011 | 10:52 am

For some reason, it never crossed my mind to wear a pasta strainer in my driver’s license photo. Not that the DMV would let me. When I got a new license this year, a new department policy required me to pose without my glasses, which I wear all the time—sometimes even by accident in the shower.

But I guess the Austrian are a more enlightened bunch. After a three-year battle, Niko Alm, an atheist, has won his battle to wear his pastafarian headgear. From BBC News:

The idea came into Mr Alm’s noodle three years ago as a way of making a serious, if ironic, point.

A self-confessed atheist, Mr Alm says he belongs to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a light-hearted, US-based faith whose members call themselves pastafarians.


In the same spirit, Mr Alm’s pastafarian-style application for a driving licence was a response to the Austrian recognition of confessional headgear in official photographs.

Read the rest and see pics here.

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