A female Pastafarian is fighting for her right to wear a pasta strainer on her head in her driver’s license photo, claiming it is an expression of her faith.
Rachel Hoover, 21, says she belongs to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster -- where members are called Pastafarians -- and has been practicing her faith now for five years, The Chicago Tribune reports.
Hoover explained she had gone to renew her license wearing the unusual items "to make a point that this is my religion.”
While she says she was eventually allowed to wear the pasta straighter, she claims she was mocked and insulted by both employees and others in the vicinity.
What’s more, she eventually received a letter from the Illinois secretary of state's office stating her photo was "incorrect.” They added it would be canceled if she didn’t change it.
“[We’re] just trying to use a little common sense. It almost looks like Pastafarians are a mockery of religion," explains the agency’s spokesman, Dave Druker.
The religion itself may be considered a parody by some given its satirical background.
Created by Bobby Henderson in 2005, it was largely considered an amusing response to a Kansas debate to teach intelligent design in schools.
Henderson argued if Christian ideas were allowed to be taught, then so should his newly-created Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster's beliefs.
However, since then, the movement has become a proper religion recognized in the Netherlands, Poland and New Zealand, the Arlington Heights Patch reports.
Yet Hoover swears she takes her religion seriously, explaining wearing her pasta strainer reminds her of "the supreme being above me."
"Some people say a Flying Spaghetti Monster sounds silly. But to me, because I didn't grow up with that, the idea of Jesus sounded silly to me," she said, adding that she will continue to fight.
"I'm 21 years old. I have car issues. I'm broke. I can't really afford an attorney at this point," she said. "But that does not mean it's the end of my battle at all."
"... I want Pastafarians to be taken seriously. It's not just so I can have a cool license,” she added.