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Oklahoma Woman Claims Spaghetti Strainer as Religious Headwear in License Picture

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ENID, Oklahoma — An Oklahoma woman has a unique driver’s license photo that showcases her religious freedom.

Shawna Hammond wore a spaghetti strainer on her head – and according to Oklahoma law it was legal for her to do so.

“It doesn’t cover my face. I mean you can still see my face. We have to take off our glasses, so I took off my glasses,” Hammond said.

The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety’s rules allow religious headpieces to be worn in driver’s license photos as long as they don’t cause shadows on the face and there is a clear view of the face.

Hammond says she is a Pastafarian, a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. The church’s website describes the religion as having “no strict rules and regulations, there are no rote rituals and prayers and other nonsense.”

“It came about in 2005. A man named Bobby Henderson wrote an open letter to the Kansas State Board of Education. It was actually about teaching creationism in school and he came up with the flying spaghetti monster and it had just as much merit,” Hammond said.

She says it’s hard living as an Atheist in Oklahoma and, “It felt good to be recognized that we can all coexist and have those equal rights.”

Officials say they’ll take another look at the photo to make sure it follows the rules. They may also consider changing the nearly 10-year-old rules on religious headwear.

Source: KFOR


    • K

      And anyone can say they worship some daddy in the sky who has never been seen. No god is any more special than any other god- just Man looking for something to blame and/or credit for the natural events of life.

    • thegodless

      Yeah and the government should be the one that decides if a religion is an official right? That sounds like a recipe for disaster. Ever heard of the Middle East? Let’s hope that this never occurs and that religious folks finally see that getting the government involved in any kind of religious stuff is bad for everyone including themselves.

  • Sue

    and her point is…….what exactly? It says she is atheist. so….she is throwing her religion, or lack thereof, in people’s faces….yet, people complain about Christians throwing THEIR religion in people’s faces.
    You believe what you believe, I will believe what I believe, let’s just not discuss it. I think she’s just being an idiot.

    • thegodless

      It’s simple. Religious folks shouldn’t be given special privileges by the government ever and that giving them special privileges is as silly as allowing someone to wear a spaghetti strainer on their driver’s license.

    • thegodless

      … and it’s not idiotic to not want to look a little deeper at the issue than calling someone an idiot for wearing a spaghetti strainer? To most atheists, a spaghetti strainer is no sillier than a pope hate or any other religious headgear and for people to not recognize that only shows their religious bigotry. Would it be appropriate or acceptable for you to make fun of a Jew or a Muslim’s attire?

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