A Dutch court has upheld a mayor’s refusal to issue a driver’s license to a man who submitted a photo of himself wearing a colander on his head …
According to a court statement Wednesday, the man wanted the photo on his license as an expression of his Pastafarian faith.
Pastafarians belong to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a parody group that began in the U.S. in 2005 protesting religion encroaching into the nation’s public schools.
The mayor of the Dutch city of Eindhoven last year rejected the man’s request, in part because he ruled that the group couldn’t be considered a genuine religion. Religious headdresses are allowed on Dutch passport photos.
The court agreed, saying that Pastafarian faith “did not show sufficient seriousness to be considered a religion.”
Some members of the church have shared their driver’s licence photos on Twitter – in some regions they have been successful in using the image for the licence, while in others, the photos have been rejected:
The Georgia DDS says we can’t wear colanders in license photos.
— Bobby Henderson (@henderob) January 4, 2016
— Bobby Henderson (@henderob) February 29, 2016
The Netherlands recognizes The Church of the FSM as a legit religion. And refers to me as a “hammock enthusiast” .. https://t.co/Fw2YfjQZio
— Bobby Henderson (@henderob) February 2, 2016
Author: ANA Newswire