Pastafarian Lindsay Miller just won her appeal to be allowed to wear a pasta strainer on her head in her driver's license photo, because she is wearing it for religious reasons. She was previously denied a license because the people at the DMV didn't take her seriously, which is hard to believe because there is nothing not serious about the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
According to the RMV's website, drivers are barred from wearing hats or head covers in their photos, unless the clothing items are "for medical or religious reasons."
Miller filed for an appeal immediately after the August incident. Through a friend, she enlisted the help of Patty DeJuneas, a member of the Secular Legal Society, a network of lawyers that assist the American Humanist Association.
DeJuneas said in a telephone interview that every religion deserves protection under the First Amendment, even if others think a certain sect may be "ridiculous."
So like, how mainstream does a religion have to be for it to be recognized by the department of motor vehicles? Because I just invented my own religion and part of that religion is having penises drawn on my face. Can I get my photo taken like that? Does anybody want to join my religion? Here -- take communion. "A warm Miller Lite and a Cheez-It?" Do you want to go to Candyland when you die or not?
Thanks to Briana, Player Dos and Dave L, who have every intention of getting their next driver's license photos taken while hanging upside down because they worship Batman.