Massachusetts 'Pastafarian' Wins Right to Wear Colander on Her Head in License Photo
The American Humanist Society filed a petition on behalf of Lindsay Miller
At least this battle for the separation of church and state is a pretty light-hearted one.
Are you familiar with the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster? They’re a satirical religion whose adherents refer to themselves as Pastafarians and base all their iconography around pasta.
And one of them, Lowell, Massachusetts, resident Lindsay Miller recently won a legal battle to allow her to wear the traditional Pastafarian colander head covering in her driver’s license photo.
The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles typically doesn’t allow people to wear hats or head coverings in their license photos, but the American Humanist Association filed an appeal on Miller’s behalf. Lawyer Patty DeJuneas said that Pastafarianism is a “secular religion that uses parody to make its point,” according to Mashable.
“As a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, I feel delighted that my Pastafarianism has been respected by the Massachusetts RMV,” Miller told CBS Boston. “While I don’t think the government can involve itself in matters of religion, I do hope this decision encourages my fellow Pastafarian Atheists to come out and express themselves as I have.”
Who would’ve thought our personal motto of “in carbs we trust” would come to have actual legal precedent at some point?