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Woman Wins Right Allowing Pastafarians To Wear Colanders In Their Driver’s Licence Photos

Rejoice, for all is fair in the world!

In Lowell, Massachusetts, practicing Pastafarian and member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster Lindsay Miller recently won the right to wear a beautiful colander for her driver’s license mugshot.

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles currently only allows people to wear hats or head coverings in their photos for religious or medicinal reasons.

Previously the registry denied Miller her right to wear the colander, prompting one of her friends to ask the American Humanist Association to file an appeal on Miller’s behalf.

Since the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is recognised as a satirical religion (famous for their love and worship of all things pasta-related), the registry reversed their decision before the court even heard the appeal.

The American Humanist Association is an organisation that advances “secular humanism”, and explained that Pastafarians believe the existence of a Flying Spaghetti Monster is:

“just as probable as the existence of the Christian God.”

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Patty DeJuneas, a member of the Secular Legal Society which works with the American Humanist Association, had this to say about the situation:

“The First Amendment applies to every person and every religion, so I was dismayed to hear that Lindsay had been ridiculed for simply seeking the same freedoms and protections afforded to people who belong to more traditional or theistic religions.”
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A happy Lindsay Miller / American Humanist Association

Miller spoke to CBS-Boston, seemingly satisfied by the decision:

“As a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, I feel delighted that my Pastafarianism has been respected by the Massachusetts RMV. 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.”