NPR.org - In Austria one of the strangest fights for religious freedom has come to an end: Niko Alm, a self-described “Pastafarian,” fought for three years for the right to wear a pasta strainer on his head in his driver’s license photo. His argument? Alm claimed he belonged to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and wearing the strainer was part of his religion.
Mr Alm’s pastafarian-style application for a driving licence was a response to the Austrian recognition of confessional headgear in official photographs.
The licence took three years to come through and, according to Mr. Alm, he was asked to submit to a medical interview to check on his mental fitness to drive but – straining credulity – his efforts have finally paid off.
It is the police who issue driving licences in Austria, and they have duly issued a laminated card showing Mr. Alm in his unorthodox item of religious headgear.
If you want more, Alm detailed his fight on his blog. (We’ve linked to Google’s English translation of it.)
So, this what they do for fun these days in Austria? I actually don’t if the dude wants to do this, go ahead and pull your stunt, but I tell you what I would do if I was the cops (the cops supposedly issue the ID’s in Austria). You want to be funny, bro? You better have that fucking strainer with you everywhere you go you fucking dweeb. I would trail his ass every fucking day. He makes one jerky movement on the road and I’m pulling him over. He shows the ID and I’ll say, “Doesn’t look like you, buddy. Nope. Don’t see no strainer. Arrested invalid ID.” I’d arrest him every fucking time I saw him without the pasta strainer on his head. I’d make meatballs and lasagna each night, toss it at his fucking car and tell his God told me to do it. Want to be an asshole and try to make a mockery of the ID system? Well, I’m going pasta all over your ass, Alm. You fucking Austrian hipster.