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Police called to DIS/ iv after man refuses to
remove pasta strainer from head
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By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, February ID, 3113 1?: EDT
Topics: Aaron Williams ' pasta strainer
A M ator Vehicle Commission office in New Jersey called the police on a F. Repost This Article
man who refused to remove a pasta strainer from his head while having his driver' s license photo
Aaron Williams, 25, said his pasta strainer was a religious head covering and that he had a right to
weah' it, according to a South Brunswick Police Department report obtained by The Enrolling
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 told Patch on Tuesday that he was a
devout Pastafarian and was merely showing his
allegiance to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti
Monster by wearing the pasta strainer. The
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Had it been a turban or a head scarf, or
something from a mainstream religion, then it
would'" been fine,” he said. "I guess since they
hadn' t heard of the religion, that' s why they
opposed it. But thaw not really acceptable to
me. They' re not in a position to discriminate against religions that are mainstream, or not
mainstream, just because they may not have heard about it."
Williams is not the first Pastafarian to claim the right to wear a pasta strainer on his head. Austria
allowed entrepreneur Niko Aha " wear a pasta strainer in his driver' s license photo last
year, after officials requested the Pastafarian show he was “psychologically fit" to drive.
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