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Austrian driver allowed 'pastafarian' headgear photo ("Religious" demands)
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Posted on 06/09/2012 11:27:29 PM PDT by marthemaria

An Austrian atheist has won the right to be shown on his driving-licence photo wearing a pasta strainer as "religious headgear".

Niko Alm first applied for the licence three years ago after reading that headgear was allowed in official pictures only for confessional reasons.

Mr Alm said the sieve was a requirement of his religion, pastafarianism.

Later a police spokesman explained that the licence was issued because Mr Alm's face was fully visible in the photo.

"The photo was not approved on religious grounds. The only criterion for photos in driving licence applications is that the whole face must be visible," said Manfred Reinthaler, a police spokesman in Vienna.

He was speaking on Wednesday, after Austrian media had first reported Mr Alm's reason for wearing the pasta strainer.

After receiving his application the Austrian authorities had required him to obtain a doctor's certificate that he was "psychologically fit" to drive.

According to Mr Reinthaler, "the licence has been ready since October 2009 - it was not collected, that's all there is to it".

The idea came into Mr Alm's noodle three years a go as a way of making a serious, if ironic, point.

In the same spirit, Mr Alm's pastafarian-style application for a driving licence was a response to the Austrian recognition of confessional headgear in official photographs.

The licence took three years to come through and, according to Mr Alm, he was asked to submit to a medical interview to check on his mental fitness to drive but - straining credulity - his efforts have finally paid off.

It is the police who issue driving licences in Austria, and they have duly issued a laminated card

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KEYWORDS: flyingspaghetti; fsm; monster

1 posted on 06/09/2012 11:27:42 PM PDT by marthemaria
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To: marthemaria

Long Live Flying Spaghetti Monster!!


2 posted on 06/09/2012 11:35:14 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored

I’m more of a Sub Genius kinda guy. JR Bob Dobbs and Slack have it all over airborne Italian meals ;)


3 posted on 06/09/2012 11:50:20 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart

Bob says scream as loud as you can right now!


4 posted on 06/10/2012 12:01:19 AM PDT by dr_lew
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To: marthemaria

I, for one, welcome our new Glutinous Overlords /.

5 posted on 06/10/2012 12:07:15 AM PDT by Mycroft Holmes (<= Mash name for HTML Xampp PHP C JavaScript primer. Programming for everyone.)
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To: marthemaria
Wearing the Holy Colander.

Chow for paragraph eater.


6 posted on 06/10/2012 12:11:57 AM PDT by Mycroft Holmes (<= Mash name for HTML Xampp PHP C JavaScript primer. Programming for everyone.)
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To: marthemaria
And the ever popular Holy Tri-corner, for those of a Colonial Bent.

Chow for paragraph eater.


7 posted on 06/10/2012 12:41:55 AM PDT by Mycroft Holmes (<= Mash name for HTML Xampp PHP C JavaScript primer. Programming for everyone.)
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To: Mycroft Holmes

Well for the Gospel’s sake, I don’t “lol”

but I gotta say, that IS pretty funny.


8 posted on 06/10/2012 12:45:13 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Mycroft Holmes

I wear one, but not for religious reasons or, for that matter, to make any kind of “statement”. I just like the way it looks


9 posted on 06/10/2012 1:01:56 AM PDT by Krankor
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To: marthemaria

Okay, but did he speak Austrian?


10 posted on 06/10/2012 1:11:17 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: marthemaria
Common story in kingdom goes that Saudi Arabia had some of the highest auto accident rates in the world and wanted to find the cause. So they hired a German company to find out why. The company determined that most accidents were caused by Muslim headgear interfering with driver's peripheral vision and recommended that men not wear it while driving. After much thought about the findings those in charge came to the decision that the best solution would be to fire the company.
11 posted on 06/10/2012 1:22:43 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: marthemaria

Is that a good idea - with all the cannibalism going on?


12 posted on 06/10/2012 1:48:58 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: marthemaria
Italians, of which I'm one, have a different name for it:

(In my best Italian dialect) Spaghetti stoppa, watta go head!

13 posted on 06/10/2012 3:38:03 AM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: marthemaria
Children of the Corn. Don't even think of telling them it's not religious headgear...

ChildrenoftheCorn
14 posted on 06/10/2012 4:06:59 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: Mycroft Holmes

Me thinks he strains his brain to much ....


15 posted on 06/10/2012 4:55:49 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“”Okay, but did he speak Austrian?”””

Yup. G’day mate, let’s throw another shrimp on the barbi.


16 posted on 06/10/2012 5:09:51 AM PDT by shelterguy
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To: Squantos; Daffynition
Mr Alm said the sieve was a requirement of his religion, pastafarianism.

He needs to lay off the sauce.

17 posted on 06/10/2012 5:11:54 AM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: marthemaria
I don't think the government should require self-identification of potheads, but it would sure clarify things.


18 posted on 06/10/2012 5:18:47 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Ezekiel
Just another run-o-the-mill....


19 posted on 06/10/2012 5:30:01 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: marthemaria

Colander Guy has Carmen Miranda rights, you know!

20 posted on 06/10/2012 5:30:53 AM PDT by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: Mycroft Holmes

He haz teh crazieee eyes.


21 posted on 06/10/2012 5:36:16 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Genetic testing of unborn babies: measuring the morality of our culture. (Wesley Smith)
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To: PowderMonkey

Muslims should be afraid, very afraid.
Heck that even frightens ME.


22 posted on 06/10/2012 6:15:14 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Ezekiel

Lol !


23 posted on 06/10/2012 6:57:48 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: 6SJ7

Carmen Miranda rights. Good one! ;)


24 posted on 06/10/2012 8:45:54 AM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: shelterguy

Not Australian, Austrian.


25 posted on 06/10/2012 11:52:19 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This should help you out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LPRA6MUH_I


26 posted on 06/10/2012 12:34:07 PM PDT by shelterguy
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