For one Russian Pastafarian, the right to wear a colander on his head in his official driver’s license photo comes with a strict warning.
“The next time he is stopped by the traffic police, if he doesn’t have a pasta strainer on his head, his license will be taken from him,” Deputy Chief of Moscow’s State Traffic Inspectorate, Vladimir Kuzin, said of Andrei Filin’s victory to wear the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster’s chosen headgear, 7 News reports.
As a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster you are a Pastafarian, and your religious headgear is a colander, according to its website.
The church encourages members to wear their colander at the workplace, and in official identification photos, such as a driver’s license.
Filin is not the first Pastafarian to argue his religious right to wear the colander in an official identification photo.
“It actually says on your website that religious headwear is allowed in license photos,” Australian Benjamin Ady argued last year, according to 7 News. “Do you have anything against my particular religion? So you would allow Muslims, for instance, but not Pastafarians?”
A member in Georgia was denied issuance of a permanent license featuring him wearing a colander this month, the church reported on its website.
In the rejection letter, The Georgia Department of Driver Services said, “Pastafarian is not actually a religion. Rather, it is a philosophy that mocks religions.”
The deity members worship is a Flying Spaghetti Monster, and their heaven is said to consist of a beer volcano and stripper factory.
Peaceful explorers, aka pirates, are thought to be the original Pastafarians and that “Christian misinformation” is to blame for their “image of outcast criminals today.”
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster denounces the idea that it is satirical in nature.
“The Church of FSM is legit, and backed by hard science. Anything that comes across as humor or satire is purely coincidental,” its website states.
Members of the church do not have to believe in the Flying Spaghetti Monster to join, but it hopes in time members “will see the truth.”