April 9, 2009
An example of critical thinking if I ever saw one, this rates right up with the dinosaur bones and rattlesnakes worshipers. This must be 1 of 50 proofs the atheists are just as screwy. Don't forget its the garlic on his pasta that keeps the demons away
Austrian Man Wins Unusual Three-Year Fight for Religious Freedom
Pastafarian Earns Right to Wear Religious Colander in Driver's License Photo
By Eric Henderson
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It's December 2008 in Vienna, Austria. An unassuming man with a colander on his head walks into a government office to obtain a new driver's license. The reason for his unusual headgear? His religion requires it.
So goes the story of Niko Alm, a skeptical atheist who reports in his blog that the unusual idea originated Oct. 24, 2007, when he first heard about the photo requirements for the new ID cards being issued by the Austrian government. One requirement which Alm took issue with related to head coverings, which were "not allowed in principle. Except for religious reasons."
A claimed believer in pastafarianism, the religion of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, Alm maintained throughout the ordeal that the kitchen utensil was necessary to protect him from the radiation of the ever-present, migraine-inducing effect given off by the Flying Spaghetti Monster. His argument was that his religious motivations for wearing a pasta sieve, while unusual, was just as valid as any other religious head covering.
At first, officials didn't buy it. The blogger writes that when he visited the government office he was not given any trouble and the photographs he provided showing his covered head were accepted without comment. But 10 minutes after he left he received a call from a concerned clerk saying his pictures were not up to the required standard and he would need to submit new ones before his license could be issued.
When Alm took issue with the government's refusal to issue a license containing the provided photographs, the issue was escalated, and the blogger expected to hear some sort of formal written response. Instead, on March 12, 2009, he received a summons. He was requested to report to a public health officer for a psychiatric evaluation. It was eventually determined that the man was, in fact, entirely sane, and no medical reason was found to preclude him from driving.
Just over two years later, Alm was finally informed Tuesday of the final decision allowing him to obtain his new driver's license with the originally provided photo. It is not known exactly when this decision was reached.
The BBC reports that Alm's next step is to call on the culture ministry in Austria to officially recognize pastafarianism as a religion. The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster was started by an American, Bobby Henderson, in 2005 when he wrote an open letter as a satirical response to the Kansas State Board of Education's decision to permit the teaching of intelligent design alongside evolution in science classrooms.
Google Translation of Niko Alm, "Holy License (Episode #6 - The Finale)" Niko Alm.
Bobby Henderson, "About Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster" venganza.org
BBC, "Austrian driver's religious headgear strains credulity" BBC News
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April 22, 2009
That's freakin' hilarious man!
"greeney2" wrote: This must be 1 of 50 proofs the atheists are just as screwy.
I hope the other 49 are just as funny as this one. That'll be pretty tuff to match though.
I don't believe what I believe because it's what I desire to believe. I believe what I believe because it's what science, evidence, and logic causes me to believe.
April 9, 2009
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