Did anyone hear the short blurb on NPR Morning Edition today about the Austrian atheist who won the right to wear a spaghetti strainer on his head for his driver's license photo?
It seems that you can't wear a hat in your ID photo UNLESS it's religious paraphernalia, and he was able to make the point that he's a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
Coincidentally, as the leader of the FSM group in Portland, I've been asked to become formally ordained so that I can put my imprimatur on secular wedding licenses.
As an avowed pastafarian myself I do feel that his particular choice of headgear is not... to borrow from another religion, "Kosher." I feel that, when in a pinch, a colander will do, we all know pirates are the Chosen People of His High Noodliness, and therefore a more appropriate display would have obviously been a pirate hat.
I do concede that not every land-lubber has ready access to such noble headgear and a colander is an obvious second choice, but I worry about the president this sets for future Pastafarian headgear in Australian Drivers license photos. Will they also accept a tri-corner hat with feathers and other piratical adornments or will they restrict to colanders only??
A Pastafarian in the U.S. has found success as well! Texas Tech student Eddie Castillo won his fight to be photographed for his driver's license with a colander -- though "DPS officials are reportedly planning to follow up with Castillo in order to 'rectify' the situation."
I bet that strained the relationship with the Austrian DMV.
Yeah, I hope he didn't find himself in hot water.
Eddie Castillo? I heard his name was Al Dente.