Another Pastafarian gets permission to wear strainer on head in license photo

Lindsay Miller of Lowell, Mass., wears a spaghetti strainer to reflect her religious beliefs while holding her temporary driver license that also bears a photo of her wearing the colander. Miller said she “absolutely loves the history and the story” of pastafarians, who are part of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles initially forbade Miller to wear the colander in the identification photo. She said the agency reversed the decision and apologized, Nov. 12, 2015 | AP Photo by Darrick Fauvel, St. George News

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts agency is letting a woman who belongs to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster wear a colander on her head in her driver’s license photo after she cited her religious beliefs.

Lowell resident Lindsay Miller said Friday that she “absolutely loves the history and the story” of Pastafarians, whose website says has existed in secrecy for hundreds of years and entered the mainstream in 2005.

Miller says wearing the spaghetti strainer allows her to express her beliefs, like other religions are allowed to do.

A spokesman for the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles says policy does not permit head coverings or hats on license photos, but exceptions are made for religious reasons.

Lawyer Patty DeJuneas calls Pastafarianism a “secular religion that uses parody to make its point.”

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  • ladybugavenger November 15, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Is it wrong for me to say, retard?

    • .... November 15, 2015 at 8:20 pm

      Well she’s not Mormon ! Give her credit for that.I’m sure mesaman Will have something mormon to say about eating pasta

  • Common Sense November 15, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Does it make me an infidel if I don’t like pasta? Kinda weird but I like it.

  • .... November 15, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    I bet ya ten bucks he says.. Bite Me. !!!!! LOL

  • fun bag November 15, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    i guess if they let the muslims wear their terrorist headgear then this is no worse.

  • CaliGirl November 16, 2015 at 7:32 am

    But does she wear it everywhere else? Or just in the license photo? Some people will do pretty much anything for their 15-minutes of fame… even if they look stupid.

    • .... November 16, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      Well then take it off your head .and go get another drivers license picture .and we will forget all about you

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