Austrian driver allowed 'pastafarian' headgear photo

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    Austrian driver allowed 'pastafarian' headgear photo

    14 July 2011 Last updated at 04:53 ET
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    Having received his driving licence, Niko Alm now wants to get pastafarianism officially recognised

    An Austrian atheist has won the right to be shown on his driving-licence photo wearing a pasta strainer as "religious headgear".

    Niko Alm first applied for the licence three years ago after reading that headgear was allowed in official pictures only for confessional reasons.

    Mr Alm said the sieve was a requirement of his religion, pastafarianism.

    Later a police spokesman explained that the licence was issued because Mr Alm's face was fully visible in the photo.

    "The photo was not approved on religious grounds. The only criterion for photos in driving licence applications is that the whole face must be visible," said Manfred Reinthaler, a police spokesman in Vienna.

    He was speaking on Wednesday, after Austrian media had first reported Mr Alm's reason for wearing the pasta strainer.

    After receiving his application the Austrian authorities had required him to obtain a doctor's certificate that he was "psychologically fit" to drive.

    According to Mr Reinthaler, "the licence has been ready since October 2009 - it was not collected, that's all there is to it".

    The idea came into Mr Alm's noodle three years ago as a way of making a serious, if ironic, point.

    A self-confessed atheist, Mr Alm says he belongs to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a light-hearted, US-based faith whose members call themselves pastafarians.

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    A medical interview established the self-styled "pastafarian" was mentally fit to drive

    The group's website states that "the only dogma allowed in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is the rejection of dogma".

    In response to pressure for American schools to teach the theory known as intelligent design, which some Christians favour as an alternative to natural selection, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster wrote to the Kansas School Board asking for the pastafarian version of intelligent design to be taught to schoolchildren.

    Straining credulity

    In the same spirit, Mr Alm's pastafarian-style application for a driving licence was a response to the Austrian recognition of confessional headgear in official photographs.

    The licence took three years to come through and, according to Mr Alm, he was asked to submit to a medical interview to check on his mental fitness to drive but - straining credulity - his efforts have finally paid off.

    It is the police who issue driving licences in Austria, and they have duly issued a laminated card showing Mr Alm in his unorthodox item of religious headgear.

    When asked for his reaction to Mr Reinthaler's comments, Mr Alm told the broadcaster ORF: "I didn't know I was guilty of not collecting it. That doesn't alter the fact that it still took nearly a year [to be issued]".

    The next step, Mr Alm told the Austrian news agency APA, is to apply to the Austrian authorities for pastafarianism to become an officially recognised faith.

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    Flying Spaghetti Monster

    Flying Spaghetti Monster

    The Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) is the deity of the parody religion[1][2] the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster or Pastafarianism[3] (a portmanteau of pasta and Rastafarian). The "Flying Spaghetti Monster" first appeared in a satirical open letter by Bobby Henderson in 2005, written in protest against the decision by the Kansas State Board of Education to permit the teaching of intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in public schools.[4] In the letter, Henderson parodied the concept of intelligent design by professing belief in a supernatural creator that closely resembles spaghetti and meatballs. Henderson further called for Flying Spaghetti Monsterism to be allotted equal time in science classrooms alongside intelligent design and evolution.

    After Henderson published the letter on his website, it rapidly became an internet phenomenon and a symbol for the case against teaching intelligent design (and religion in general) in public schools. Pastafarian beliefs are generally satires of creationism. They are presented both on Henderson's website, where he is described as "prophet", and in The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, written by Henderson and published by Villiard Press in 2006. The central belief is that an invisible and undetectable Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe. Pirates are revered as the original Pastafarians, and Pastafarians assert that a steady decline in the number of pirates over the years has resulted in a significant rise in global temperature. The FSM community currently congregates at Henderson's website to share ideas and crafts devoted to the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

    Due to its popularity and exposure, the Flying Spaghetti Monster is often used as a contemporary version of Russell's teapot. While generally praised by the media and endorsed by members of the scientific community, the Flying Spaghetti Monster has received criticism from the intelligent design community. Self-described Pastafarians have engaged in religious disputes, including in Polk County, Florida, where they played a role in dissuading the local school board from adopting new rules on teaching evolution.[5]

    Read more: Flying Spaghetti Monster - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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    I don't see anything wrong with it.

    Whose to say which religion is right and which is wrong ? But quite clearly its a 'joke religion' and an atheist has started this it...the irony.
     

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