Man De­nied Driver’s Li­cence for Wear­ing Colan­der in Photo

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A Dutch court has up­held a mayor’s re­fusal to is­sue a driver’s li­cence to a man who sub­mit­ted a photo of him­self wear­ing a colan­der on his head. Ac­cord­ing to a court state­ment on Wed­nes­day, the man wanted the photo on his li­cence as an ex­pres­sion of his Pasta­far­ian faith. Pasta­far­i­ans be­long to the Church of the Fly­ing Spaghetti Mon­ster, a par­ody group that be­gan in the US in 2005 protest­ing re­li­gion en­croach­ing into the na­tion’s pub­lic schools. The mayor of the Dutch city of Eind­hoven last year re­jected the man’s re­quest, in part be­cause he ruled that the group couldn’t be con­sid­ered a gen­uine re­li­gion. Re­li­gious head­dresses are al­lowed on Dutch pass­port photos. The court agreed, say­ing that Pasta­far­ian faith “did not show suf­fi­cient se­ri­ous­ness to be con­sid­ered a re­li­gion”.

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