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Post by RTM08 on Thu Jul 14, 2011 8:37 am

An Austrian atheist has won the right to be shown on his driving-licence photo wearing a pasta strainer as "religious headgear".





Niko Alm first applied for the licence three years ago after reading that headgear was allowed in official pictures only for confessional reasons.

Mr Alm said the sieve was a requirement of his religion, pastafarianism.

The Austrian authorities required him to obtain a doctor's certificate that he was "psychologically fit" to drive.

The idea came into Mr Alm's noodle three years ago as a way of making a serious, if ironic, point.

A self-confessed atheist, Mr Alm says he belongs to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a light-hearted faith whose members call themselves pastafarians.

The group's website states that "the only dogma allowed in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is the rejection of dogma".

In response to pressure for American schools to teach the Christian theory known as intelligent design, as an alternative to natural selection, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster wrote to the Kansas School Board asking for the pastafarian version of intelligent design to be taught to schoolchildren, as an alternative to the Christian theory.

In the same spirit, Mr Alm's pastafarian-style application for a driving licence was a response to the Austrian recognition of confessional headgear in official photographs.

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.

The next step, Mr Alm told the Austrian news agency APA, is to apply to the Austrian authorities for pastafarianism to become an officially recognised faith.
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Post by arover on Thu Jul 14, 2011 10:35 am

It makes as much sense as any other religion.

Pastafarianism - lap it up.
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Post by Rover the Sea on Thu Jul 14, 2011 10:59 am

It makes more sense to me than ANY other religion!

I can actually see the link between Pastafarianism, his icons (sieve) and his beliefs are well founded, could catch on...

...oh, and nobody died!!

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Post by arover on Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:56 am

Rover the Sea wrote:It makes more sense to me than ANY other religion!

I can actually see the link between Pastafarianism, his icons (sieve) and his beliefs are well founded, could catch on...

...oh, and nobody died!!

and nobody will unless the bugger gets crucified. affraid
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Post by glosterrover on Thu Jul 14, 2011 4:37 pm

I've converted already cheers
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Post by rob_of_the_robots on Thu Jul 14, 2011 5:18 pm

Pastafarianism. Legend. Rofl

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Post by super_keith_andrews on Thu Jul 14, 2011 5:24 pm

He could have at least tried to make it look remotely stylish though.
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Post by glosterrover on Thu Jul 14, 2011 7:49 pm

On a slightly religioue note.....do you think Kean should try and sign The son of god as a new goalkeeper??....after all as Slayer say 'Jesus Saves' cheers
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Post by super_keith_andrews on Thu Jul 14, 2011 7:51 pm

I dunno, he's getting on a bit - surely he'd have retired by now?
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Post by glosterrover on Thu Jul 14, 2011 7:53 pm

Could be time for the 'Second Coming' cheers
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Post by StLedge on Thu Jul 14, 2011 9:46 pm

He is good though, when it comes to saving, he's nailed on for the cross..
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Post by super_keith_andrews on Thu Jul 14, 2011 10:06 pm

Don't believe the hype, he's only famous because of his Dad.
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Post by arover on Fri Jul 15, 2011 5:57 am

glosterrover wrote:On a slightly religioue note.....do you think Kean should try and sign The son of god as a new goalkeeper??....after all as Slayer say 'Jesus Saves' cheers

and Shearer knocks in the rebound.
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Post by glosterrover on Fri Jul 15, 2011 6:18 pm

No,Jesus Saves but Satan bundles it in at the back post cheers
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Post by super_keith_andrews on Fri Jul 15, 2011 6:21 pm

In more ways than one.
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Post by glosterrover on Fri Jul 15, 2011 6:23 pm

Stop with the thinly veiled sexual jibes already Rolling Eyes
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Post by super_keith_andrews on Fri Jul 15, 2011 6:25 pm

You're no fun Sad
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Post by glosterrover on Fri Jul 15, 2011 6:28 pm

I'm tired Sad
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Post by StLedge on Fri Jul 15, 2011 8:07 pm

glosterrover wrote:Stop with the thinly veiled sexual jibes already Rolling Eyes


...........errm....NO!!!
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Post by glosterrover on Fri Jul 15, 2011 8:18 pm

Child Wink
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Post by StLedge on Fri Jul 15, 2011 8:58 pm

...........errm....YEP!!!
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Post by glosterrover on Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:37 pm

oh dear Rolling Eyes
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Post by StLedge on Sat Jul 16, 2011 12:06 pm

Yes dear?
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Post by glosterrover on Sun Jul 17, 2011 10:31 am

You're being over familiar now...... Shocked
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Post by rob_of_the_robots on Sun Jul 17, 2011 2:06 pm

You started it.

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