For many of America’s young people, getting a driver’s license is a rite of passage representing adulthood and freedom. For atheist-turned-“Pastafarian” Shawna Hammond, it’s also a symbol of religious freedom.
Which explains why she startled folks at the DMV in Enid Oklahoma by posing for her driver’s license photo with a pasta strainer on her head as religious headwear — the only type of headwear permitted by the DMV.
Hammond explained to KFOR 4:
“It doesn’t cover my face. I mean you can still see my face. We have to take off our glasses, so I took off my glasses […]”
“I asked if I could wear my religious headwear and he said, yes, it just couldn’t have any logos, or any type of writing. I told him it didn’t, and I went out to my car and got my colander.”
The DMV worker chuckled, but took the photo and issued the driver’s license.
What’s a “Pastafarian?”
So what’s a “Pastafarian?” Pastafarians are members of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, where — unlike in fundamentalist Christian churches — “the only dogma allowed […] is rejection of dogma.
With millions, if not thousands, of devout worshippers, the Church of the FSM is widely considered a legitimate religion, even by its opponents – mostly fundamentalist Christians, who have accepted that our God has larger balls than theirs.
“For me the colander represents freedom, our freedom of religion, and to whatever religion we prefer or lack of religion. It was important to me to exercise that, even if it’s just a driver’s license photo.”
Other Pastafarian driver’s licenses.
Hammond’s not the first Pastafarian from the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to strike a blow for religious freedom by posing for her driver license with a colander on her head.
Here’s the video with the report on Hammond’s Pastafarian driver’s license photo from KFOR 4.