A DMV office in South Brunswick, New Jersey recently called the police on Aaron Williams, who refused to remove a pasta strainer from his head while having his driver’s license photo taken on February 2.
Williams said the pasta strainer was a religious head covering and he had a right to wear it, reports TheSmokingGun.com.
South Brunswick police informed Williams that a pasta strainer was not approved by the DMV and convinced him to take the photo without it.
Williams told Patch.com on Tuesday that he was a Pastafarian and was showing his allegiance to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster by wearing the pasta strainer.
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is a parody religion, which took off in 2005, after Bobby Henderson mocked the Kansas Board of Education for allowing the teaching of Intelligent Design in public schools.
“Had it been a turban or a head scarf, or something from a mainstream religion, then it would’ve been fine,” Williams said. “I guess since they hadn’t heard of the religion, that’s why they opposed it. But that’s not really acceptable to me. They’re not in a position to discriminate against religions that are mainstream, or not mainstream, just because they may not have heard about it.”
"Most people just laugh or think it's funny when I tell them about it. They understand it's satire. I don't have too many people who I interact with where the satire goes over their heads."
"The people there were very polite, but I'd like to have better training for their employees, so I may be looking into some way to educate their employees on their own policies," Williams added. "I feel like after I expressed my opinions and beliefs they were definitely more accepting. I was met with hostility at first and they were asking me what my problem was."