Court Says 'Pastafarian' Has Right to Wear Strainer Hat

Even in his official license photo

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 2, 2013 1:45 PM CDT | Updated Aug 4, 2013 7:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – A Czech Republic court has struck a blow for religious freedom—ridiculous, ridiculous religious freedom. Lukás Novy, 29, successfully argued that he should be allowed to wear a pasta strainer on his head in his official, government-issued ID photo, because he was required to do so by his "Pastafarian" faith, the Daily Mail reports. Novy belongs to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a parody religion whose followers "believe" that a giant invisible monstrosity made of spaghetti and meatballs created the universe after "drinking heavily."

Novy said the faith required him to wear the strainer at all times. He's not the first to get away with the gag, either. Back in 2011, Austrian Pastafarian Niko Alm won a similar case, after a three-year court battle. The faith was originally invented in protest to the Kansas State Board of Education's plan to introduce intelligence design theory into its curriculum.

Lukas Novy's official government-issued ID.
Lukas Novy's official government-issued ID.   (Daily Mail)
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