Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Pastafarian

Pastafarian Aaron Williams
Motor vehicle workers in Dayton, New Jersey, called police on a man who insisted on wearing a pasta strainer on his head for his driver’s license photo.

Aaron Williams told motor vehicle workers the strainer was a religious head covering and he had a right to wear it.

Williams said he's a Pastafarian.

No, seriously.

Pastafarianism, or the Church of the Flying Spaghettic Monster, is a movement opposing teaching in schools of intelligent design and creationism. It's followers say they're dead serious but most bystanders say it's a satirical attack on more traditional religion.

Williams insists he's serious about the movement.

“I take it as seriously as anybody else when it comes to religious beliefs,” he said.

Niko Alm of Austria, Pastafarian
And this isn't the first time this has happened.

In Austria, self-described Pastafarian Niko Alm fought for three years for the right to wear a pasta strainer on his head in his driver's license photo.

He won his fight after officials performed a mental-health check.

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