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NJ Man Claims He's A 'Pastafarian' Refuses To Take Pasta Strainer Off During Driver License Photo

6:47 PM, Feb 20, 2013   |    comments
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Motor vehicle workers in New Jersey called the police on a man who refused to take a spaghetti strainer off his head while taking his driver's license photo.

The man said he was a Pastafarian, a group that's against teaching creationism in schools.

Aaron Williams, 25, said his pasta strainer was a religious head covering and that he had a right to wear it, according to a South Brunswick Police Department report obtained by The Smoking Gun.

Police informed Williams that a pasta strainer was not approved by the MVC and convinced him to take the photo without it. The incident occurred on February 2.

Williams said he practices Pastafarianism.

Pastafarianism, or the Church of the Flying Spaghettic Monster, is a movement opposing teaching in schools of intelligent design and creationism.

Reached by phone on Wednesday, Williams said he is serious about the movement.

"I take it as seriously as anybody else when it comes to religious beliefs," he said.

According to a police report, an motor vehicle employee told Williams head coverings can't be worn in license photos unless it's for religious reasons.

Williams then pulled out his cell phone and began taking video of the worker - another violation of motor vehicle policy, according to the report.

Police advised Williams that the pasta strainer was not approved by the MVC and he would have to apply to the state to wear it in his license photo.

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