So, in Austria a guy called Niko Alm decided to make a point about a religious exemption with regards photographs on drivers licenses. In general one isn’t allowed to wear anything on your head or that may cover you face in your drivers license photo. Unless that is you’re a
bit mental can claim that your religion demands that you wear some particular item of clothing or other. This is of course rather absurd.
Mr Alm therefore decided that his religion of Pastafarianism was just as valid as the belief in Bronze Age deities and that it demanded that he wear a caulender on his head. And, after a psychiatric assesment*, he was granted the right to wear the device in his photograph.
A funny wee way of highlighting the absurdity of allowing people to be able to claim exemptions based on their particular superstitions. However it seems that not all people quite understand the humour here. America, surprise, conservative blog Liberty Reborn seems to think that Mr Alm was actually being serious and that he was claiming that atheism is a religion. A spectacular case of missing the point entirely. 😀
*I wonder if they give a similar test to others claiming this exemption…