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.
The Austrian authorities required him to obtain a doctor's certificate that he was "psychologically fit" to drive. [...]
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.
You see, by Mr. Alm's atheistic spirit, it's unfair for Catholic nuns or Muslim women or others to wear headgear in photos unless he is allowed to wear the pasta strainer, showing his disdain for all religion by his pretend-worship in the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
Truth be told, I have no problem with Mr. Alm's pursuit. If atheists want to adopt the practice of wearing pasta strainers on their heads to showcase their deep devotion to nothing, I will support their right to do so, not only because their doing so harms no one, but also because I'm in favor of being able to recognize the village idiot whenever possible.
We live in strange times.
For those waiting for further literary postings, as I promised Monday--I've fallen a bit behind this week what with one thing and another. I'll try to get cracking, and get that new blog up and running as soon as possible.