Czech Republic man Lukas Novy was allowed to wear a pasta sieve in an official government ID after he insisted that it was in observance of his faith and respect of his church: the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
According to the Church’s website, members claim that a giant, invisible alien made of spaghetti and meatballs created the universe after heavily drinking.
Novy, who some are calling a mere prankster because of the faith’s origin as a spoof on organized religion, said his faith requires him to wear the sieve at all times.
Officials ruled that denying his request would be a breach of the country’s religious equality laws. According to Bmo City Hall Spokesperson Pavel Zara, headgear is permitted for religious or medical reasons in photo IDs as long as it does not obscure the face.
As ThinkProgress noted, Novy’s religious display points to a problem in the country’s religious liberties, where a line must be drawn between “sincerely held” religious beliefs and non-religious beliefs for exemption of the law.
Austrian man Niko Alm won a similar case in 2011, after three years of attempting to obtain his driver’s license with a picture of himself wearing a sieve. Alm, an atheist, said he had the idea after reading that headgear was allowed in official pictures only if it was used for “confessional” reasons.