Friday, November 21, 2014

Church of What's Happening in Utah

It's a strain[er] on The First Amendment, but Pastafarianism is okay with the DMV;
A Utah woman says she encountered only brief resistance when she recently had her driver’s license photo taken while wearing a colander on her head as a religious statement.
Asia Lemmon, whose legal name appears on her driver’s license as Jessica Steinhauser, said the pasta strainer represents her beliefs in the satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
....Nannette Rolfe, the director of Utah’s Driver License Division, said about a dozen Pastafarians have had their state driver’s license photos taken with a similar colander or pasta strainer on their heads in recent years.
“As long as we can get a visual of the face, we’re fine if they choose to wear the headgear,” she said.
Hats and headgear are not allowed for driver’s license photos unless they’re religious garments, Rolfe said.
Ms. Steinhauser is a (presumably) retired porn star, so maybe she will be able to commercialize her religious beliefs in the grand tradition;

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