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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Finally, A Victory for Pastafarian Rights

As a Pastafarian, I have experienced firsthand religious persecution from the hands of non-believers.

The "flying what?" response when asked about your religious affiliation. The strange looks you get when honoring the holy day of "Talk Like A Pirate Day." The indignation felt when insisting that science be taught in a science class.

But today, my fellow Soba-lings, today has truly been touched by His Noodly Appendage:

In 2008, Niko Alm, an Austrian atheist who subscribes to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, went to his local police station to apply for a new driver’s license.

Alm posed for the license wearing an upturned colander on his head, with the handle cocked to one side. Muslim women could wear head scarves when posing for their driving license photo, so why couldn’t he wear headwear relevant to his religion?

But Austrian authorities told Alm to come back when he got a doctor’s certificate that said he was “psychologically fit” to drive.

Three years later, with the help of a doctor’s note, Alm has finally obtained a license, kitchen utensil headwear photo and all.

Alm said he decided to wear the strainer after the Austrian Ministry of the Interior issued a brochure with specifications for pictures to be used in driving licenses. A hat, caps or any type of other headgear are not allowed, except for religious purposes.

“I am a person who believes in the equality of all people. I consider priviliges due to religious or any other type of belief as anti-democratic. So I wanted to apply the same exception to my headgear,” Alm says.

The article goes on to mark October 12 as Pastafarian Headgear Day International. Also, since the mainstream media doesn't bother researching their stories or learning anything about Pastafarianism, here's a tip: the item in question is called a "collander."

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