Boston woman wears spaghetti strainer in driver's license photo

by Joni B. Hannigan |

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BOSTON (Christian Examiner) – A woman wearing a spaghetti strainer on her head for a driver's license photo is within her rights to exercise her religious beliefs, according the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.

Lindsay Miller told Fox News Nov. 14 she "absolutely loves the history and the story of Pastafarians,' a religion that uses "parody to make its point," according to a related website.

(REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader/FILE PHOTO 2011)Austrian businessman Niko Alm poses with his Austrian driver's licence, depicting him wearing a pasta strainer, during a news conference in Vienna, July 14, 2011. Alm is promoting the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster or Pastafarianism parody religion, a satirical protest against privileges of officially acknowledged religions. Recently in Boston, a woman received permission to be photographed for her license with a spaghetti strainer on her head.

A website featuring "The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster," however, claims the FSM is a "legitimate religion" that came into the mainstream "a few years ago."

"Some claim that the church is purely a thought experiment or satire, illustrating that Intelligent Design is not science, just a pseudoscience manufactured by Christians to push Creationism into public schools. These people are mistaken — The Church of FSM is legit, and backed by hard science. Anything that comes across as humor or satire is purely coincidental," a statement on the website reads.

Miller's attorney Patty DeJuneas said her client is simply expressing her beliefs – as do others.

Head coverings and hats are typically not allowed in license photos, but were permitted in this case because of its religious purpose, according to a spokesperson for the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.