Pastafarian Scores a Win Vs. Mass.
Yes, Lindsay Miller, you can wear a colander in your driver's license photo
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2015 7:30 AM CST
Lindsay Miller of Lowell, Mass., wears a spaghetti strainer to reflect her religious beliefs while holding her temporary driver license.   (Darrick Fauvel via AP)

(Newser) – Score another victory for the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts—normally not one to allow head coverings in driver's license photos—has made an exception for one Lindsay Miller and the colander she likes to wear as a hat. As the AP notes, Miller "absolutely loves the history and the story" of the secular group also known as Pastafarians, who contend that the existence of God is just as likely as the existence of aforementioned Flying Spaghetti Monster. Miller was initially denied permission to wear the colander, but the Mass. Registry of Motor Vehicles relented after she appealed with some help from the American Humanist Association.

Says Miller in a statement, via Fox News: "As a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, I feel delighted that my Pastafarianism has been respected by the Massachusetts RMV. While I don't think the government can involve itself in matters of religion, I do hope this decision encourages my fellow Pastafarian Atheists to come out and express themselves as I have." (An Oklahoma woman scored a similar victory last year.)