Andrey Filin fights for the right to wear a Pasta
Colander on his head
So what the heck is Pastafarianism?
Pastafarianism preaches of the “Flying Spaghetti Monster,” which first appeared in a 2005 open letter by Bobby Henderson to the Kansas State Board of Education. In the letter, Henderson questioned the board’s decision to teach creationism as an alternative to evolutionism in public schools.
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It seems that Adherents claim that Pastafarianism is a true religion, but the media see it more as a humorous take on world religions and rules regarding religious attire.
In keeping with the spirit of the bizarre situation, the deputy head of the Moscow State Traffic Inspectorate, Vladimir Kuzin, responded with his own vision of Filin’s future as a driver. He told Russian media that “the next time he [Filin] is stopped by the traffic police, if he doesn’t have a pasta strainer on his head, his license will be taken from him.”
Kuzin added that there are no plans to change the regulations for driving license photos, saying the current rules are clear enough.
No Pasta Strainer – No License
Russian traffic police stated on Tuesday that they are investigating why Filin was allowed to take the photo wearing a hat. Should it be proved that the rules were violated, the officials who issued the license could be reprimanded and the license itself annulled.
In Russia religious headwear is allowed as long as the person’s face is clearly visible. In Filin’s case, his headwear consisted of a knitted yellow pasta strainer.
The moral to this story? Russia is more tolerant of different religions than others – or that the flying spaghetti monster has invaded Russia – stay tuned.