Pagan priest allowed to wear goat horns in state ID photo
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.