A member of the spoof religion that worships the Flying Spaghetti Monster recently won the right to wear a spaghetti strainer on his head in his official state-issued ID card. But the victory may be short lived, as the Czech Ministry of the Interior is now saying Pastafarianism is not a real religion that qualifies for protection under the law.
At the end of July, Brno resident Lukáš Nový a self-proclaimed Pastafarian, managed to get a temporary State ID card with what he claimed was religious headgear. “I am aware of the case; it is unsual,” Pavel Žára, the spokesman at Brno City Hall, said according to news server Česká pozice, which first reported the story.
Žára explained that the laws of the Czech Republic allow people to wear headgear for religious or medical reasons for an ID photograph if it does not obscure the face.
Zdeňka Tomášová, the head of the unit responsible for ID documents at the Ministry of the Interior, claims that Pastafarianism is not a legally recognized religion under the law, and that a strainer is not headgear as the law envisions it.
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