Pa­gan priest al­lowed to wear goat horns in state ID photo

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - — Dou­glas Ernst

A pa­gan priest was is­sued a state ID from Maine this month that in­cludes his “spir­i­tual an­tenna” — goat horns.

Phe­lan Moon­song, 56, of Millinocket, calls him­self a pa­gan min­is­ter and a priest of Pan.

He had been de­nied per­mis­sion to take his driver’s li­cense photo with horns in Au­gust, but he was mailed the ID card this month af­ter telling of­fi­cials he was in touch with the Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union.

“A lot of Pa­gans are in the closet and — as with the LGBT crowd — there’s a lot of mis­con­cep­tions and dis­crim­i­na­tion that they face,” Mr. Moon­song, who re­cently changed his name, told The Washington Post. “I’ve come to feel very at­tached to the horns, and they’ve be­come a part of me and part of my spir­i­tu­al­ity. The horns are part of my re­li­gious at­tire.”

A spokes­woman for Maine’s sec­re­tary of state told the Ban­gor Daily News on Dec. 12 that Mr. Moon­song ini­tially did not “cite re­li­gious rea­sons” for wear­ing the horns, a claim he dis­putes.

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