Pastafarian Obi Canuel Demands Right To Wear Colander On Head For Driving Licence Photo

Pastafarian Denied Right To Wear Colander Helmet In Driving Licence Photo

A Pastafarian is fighting for his right to wear a colander on his head in his driving licence photo.

Obi Canuel, who is an ordained minister with the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, says wearing the kitchen implement is key to his religious beliefs.

But insurance company ICBC has refused to issue the British Columbia man a new licence unless he provides them with a picture of him not wearing the colander.

Obi Canuel wants the right to wear a colander on his head for his driving licence photo

After months of correspondence, the ICBC wrote to Canuel saying there was “no religious requirement that prohibits you from removing the colander for the purpose of taking the photo to appear on your driver’s license.”

The decision has prompted Canuel to release the above video detailing his plight (and presumably ride a bicycle in the meantime.)

The Flying Spaghetti Monster is often used by atheists to critique belief in a supreme being, and features in Richard Dawkins' book The God Delusion. Pastafarianism is a movement that parodies religion, and opposes the teaching of intelligent design.

The movement - which began in the USA - mocks orthodox religious teaching by satirising their beliefs.

Worshippers end prayers by chanting Ramen - after Japanese noodles - instead of Amen.

Schaeffer attended the ceremony wearing a colander on his head

A similar case was also won by a man in the Czech Republic who claimed his religion requires him to wear a sieve on his head and was allowed to use a snap of himself in the bizarre headgear on his official identity card.


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