Pastafarian Gets To Wear Colander On Head In License Photo

In this Nov. 12, 2015 photo provided by Darrick Fauvel, 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. (Darrick Fauvel via AP)

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.”

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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