Struggle for Religious Expression in Illinois

Published July 25th, 2016 by Bobby Henderson


The struggle for Pastafarian acceptance continues, in Illinois. From the Chicago Tribue:

College student Rachel Hoover, of Arlington Heights, went to get her license renewed at the Illinois Secretary of State facility in Schaumburg. She told employees that she wanted to wear a metal colander on her head for the photo in honor of her religious beliefs. Employees balked, but Hoover insisted.

But when the central office discovered that employees had relented and allowed Hoover to be photographed with the strainer on her head, administrators drew the line, even though her face was clearly visible.

They told Hoover her license will be revoked July 29 unless she gets a new, strainer-free photo taken.

State officials are “just trying to use a little common sense,” secretary of state spokesman Dave Druker told Tribune freelance reporter Lee V. Gaines. “It almost looks like Pastafarians are a mockery of religion.”

During a time when people are doing reprehensible things in the Name of Religion, I wonder why officials are hassling us, out of all religious groups. Do these officials prevent people from wearing Yamulkes or Hijabs or Turbans — and if not, is it because they appear to have such earnest beliefs, and Pastafarians do not take themselves so seriously?

If Pastafarians had more scary dogmatic True-Believers, would we encounter less resistance to the privileges other religious groups are granted?

While I don’t agree with the Chicago Tribune’s stance that FSM is a “broad spoof”, I found the article well written and clever — it’s worth the read and can be found here.

444 Responses to “Struggle for Religious Expression in Illinois”

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  1. stephen cavanaugh says:

    Does anyone know if anyone in New York has tried to get a license with a colander yet? I’m about to go renew mine in a week or two and I would like to know what to expect.

    • Rasputin says:

      Please try! Are Jews permitted to wear skull caps? Can Sikhs wear turbans? Please tell us how you get on.

      • Fat Bastard says:

        …… It almost looks like religion is a mockery of Pastafarians.

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      • stephen cavanaugh says:

        According to this: http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/electionlaw/litigation/documents/LWVJ.pdf

        It shouldnt be a problem at all. Lets hope they dont try to twist the rules against us.

  2. Rasputin says:

    Having read this new article, I think Rachel is a magnificent example of a free-thinking human. Well done, Miss. I tip my colander to thee. As for Dave Druker, he’s a bigot. Abraham Lincoln hailed from Illinois, and I’d like to think he would support Rachel’s free expression of religion. If Dave does not want to believe, he should not force his views on others.
    The driving licence photo exists so that a person may be clearly identified. Providing Rachel’s face is clearly visible, there is no reason to forbid the use of this photo.
    As a compromise, is it possible to buy a very small colander, which would fit on the crown of the head?

    • Troll aper says:

      Disabled Toilet.

      • kekka says:

        You’d know, seeing you’re full of shit.

        • Rasputin says:

          Well said, kekka.

        • Troll Aper says:

          Kekka, you seem to be speaking from experience. Your pong crosses oceans. Disabled toilet.

      • kekka says:

        No, your nose is just too close to your arse.

        Just plain bad trolling trolloper.

        • Fat Bastard says:

          Kekka, don’t bother with her, she’s boring. A dancing pet troll educates newcomers about the perverted fundamentalist mind. She even claims she has friends. Now wouldn’t they be fun at a party. Disabled toilette.

        • Troll Aper says:

          Fatso, I’m not even religious you fool. Your limited intellect has failed to pick up this rather simple point. Pog mo thoin.

  3. Cap'n Bucatini says:

    This is outrageous! Say no to pastafarianophobia!

  4. Rev KG says:

    This is discrimination, plain and simple. That fact that state officials believe that they can dictate what is or is not a religion is ridiculous. I hope Rachel fights this to the highest level possible.

    • Fat Bastard says:

      But, doesn’t she look gorgeous? Maybe a Skull Cap with holes and legs would do the trick for Jewish Pastafarians.

  5. stephen cavanaugh says:

    Just got back from the DMV. Very little hassle getting my picture taken with a colander. Good job New York.

    • Cap'n Grey Beard says:

      A miracle!


      • stephen cavanaugh says:

        Ramen brother.

  6. Rasputin says:

    That’s WONDERFUL news, Steve! Well Done! Brilliant! I would encourage you to send them a “thankyou” letter, but the letter might end up in the wrong hands. The wise decision might be countermanded.

  7. Gnocchi Pudding says:

    Dear Stephen, exellent – congrats the licence. Aaaarrrrgggghhhh! :)

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