A Czech man who subscribes to the religion of Pastafarianism, which preaches that the world was created by a giant Flying Spaghetti Monster, won a religious exemption to wear a pasta strainer on his head for a government ID photo.
A Czech man has argued for and won the right to wear a pasta strainer on his head for his government ID card. The strainer is a symbol of Pastafarianism, a religion that sprung up in the last decade that preaches that the world was created by the Flying Spaghetti Monster, which is made of pasta and meatballs and flies through space. Other important teachings of Pastafarianism: pirates were peaceful explorers and that their violent reputation is the result of a Christian misinformation campaign, and beer is good. Pastafarians also argue that public schools should give equal time to the Flying Spaghetti Monster version of creationism, Christian theology, and the overwhelming objective evidence for evolution.
To earn the right to wear a pasta strainer, the man had to make the case for a religious exemption. Czech regulations prohibit headgear on government IDs, except in the case of medical reasons or religious exemptions. The pasta strainer is a religious head piece, and did not obscure the man’s face, and so he was allowed to wear it for his photo.
It is not the government’s place to make judgments about specific religions. If religious exemptions are per mitted, who are they to say that a yarmulke is more legitimate than a pasta strainer or that a belief that a giant flying pasta dinner in space created the universe as opposed to a similar belief regarding a less tangible omnipotent deity?