A “Pastafarian” who is a devout member to the Flying Spaghetti Monster religion had her photo taken with a colander on her head to pledge her allegiance to her beliefs.

Lindsay Miller Wears Colander On Her Head In License Photo

Lindsay Miller, who resides in Lowell, Mass., is a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and went to the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles in August to get her license renewed when officials told her she was incapable of wearing the hat unless it was for a religious reason for the photo. “I thought of other religions and women and thought that this was not fair. I thought, ‘Just because you haven’t heard of this belief system, [the RMV] should not be denying me a license,’ ” she told the Boston Globe.

Miller filed for an appeal and called upon the help of Patty DeJuneas, a member of the Secular Legal Society who assists the American Humanist Association. “I’m not a Pastafarian. But my understanding, and my view of it, is that it’s a secular religion that uses parody to make certain points about a belief system,” DeJuneas said in a telephone interview with the Globe. After two months without having a license, the RMV canceled the appeal hearing and granted Miller with a new license and allowing her to wear the colander in her photo.

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has been around for hundreds of years according to their website, but was brought into the public eye in 2005 after an open letter by Bobby Henderson who was the person that brought the Church to life.


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