Austrian atheist, Niko Alm, a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, won the right to wear his “religious headgear” while getting his picture taken for his new driver’s license. Three years ago, he discovered religious headgear was leaglly allowed, as long as one’s face can be seen, for driver’s licenses.
Three years ago, after Alm’s Noodly God touched him and gave him the idea, he applied for a driver’s license, stating that the pasta strainer was part of his Pastafarian religious practice. Because he face was visible, authorities approved it, but denied religious grounds as basis of approval.
According to Alm, the Noodly God impressed upon his mind to make the ironically serious point. If his sanity is in question, he past the psychologically test for driving.
After receiving his application the Austrian authorities had required him to obtain a doctor's certificate that he was "psychologically fit" to drive.
He is mentally fit to drive as any other religious person who believes their god speaks to them and tells them what to do and wear.
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 showing Mr Alm in his unorthodox item of religious headgear.
According to John Turley, “It is not clear if he listed his weight as al dente.”
The mostly Catholic country was not amused by Alm’s religious satire.