Austrian "Pastafarian" wins right to wear colander in drivers license photo

A subscriber to the 'Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster' religion

"I am a person who believes in the equality of all people. I consider privileges due to religious or any other type of belief as anti-democratic. So I wanted to apply the same exception to my headgear," Alm says (Washington Post).

Alm's next venture is to get the Austrian government to officially recognize his religion.

The Washington Post writes of Alm's religion:

"The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster began after a man named Bobby Henderson wrote a satirical open letter to the Kansas State Board of Education, who wanted to teach intelligent design as an alternative to evolution. Henderson parodied the concept of intelligent design by professing his belief in a creator that looked like spaghetti and meatballs."

Information via The Washington Post; photo credit Niko Alm via The Washington Post.

Austrian citizen Niko Alm had been repeatedly denied the right to wear a colander on his head in his drivers license photo. And why would he want to wear a colander, you ask? Niko, a self-proclaimed "Pastafarian", subscribes to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a fairly new religion where followers "reject dogma" and the beliefs of all other recognized religions in general.

Since 2008, Alm has sought his right to wear his religious head gear in his government photo, but the Austrian government didn't include the colander in their outline of acceptable headwear. But after three years and a note from his doctor stating that he is “psychologically fit” to drive, Alm's drivers license photo now shows him wearing his beloved strainer with the handle cocked to one side.

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