Success (and trouble) for Arizona Pastafarian’s ID Photo

Published June 2nd, 2017 by Bobby Henderson

Congratulations to Mr. Corbett — Arizona finally allowed him to wear a colander in his ID photo, after many attempts.

“I tried a couple different locations and was met with a lot of pushback and resistance,” he said. “I was scorned at every location I went to, and they put out a memo about me, so by the time I got to (the) fourth and fifth MVD, they stopped me at the door.

“They got angry at me and treated me with such disrespect.”

He recently tried again and, after talking with the location’s manager, was able to take the photo. He received his official ID in the mail Tuesday.

“I was really excited,” Corbett said. “I felt, in that moment, that I won my battle. It was a huge victory for me.”

However, it seems that Arizona bureaucrats heard about this and will try to take the license back:

A spokesman for the Arizona Department of Transportation, which oversees the Motor Vehicle Division, released a statement on the matter.

“MVD license and ID photos are meant to show a person’s typical daily appearance and allow for religious expression or medical needs. Photos are filtered through facial recognition technology and if an error occurs, the photo can be recalled,” the statement said.

Spokesman Doug Nick later added that “we will go through the process to pull this credential.”

So we’ll see what happens.

Whatever the outcome, it’s nice to see people like Mr. Corbett fighting for their rights. The struggle itself is so important.

Our view is that it’s inappropriate for a government organization to make a judgment based on a person’s religion. If the head covering meets the visibility requirements, it should be allowed no matter what religion that hat is associated with.

Sometimes the DMV workers don’t know the rules fully, and that is understandable. Perhaps some of the workers are letting their personal views color their behavior, which is unfortunate but human. What is more interesting is in cases like Mr. Corbett’s, where management gets involved — the actions they take will be very important to watch.

For now let’s give the Arizona officials the benefit of the doubt and hope that Mr. Corbett will be afforded the same rights as members of other religions.

Again, congratulations on the win, Mr. Corbett, and thank you for your effort. And thank you to Pastafarians everywhere, who are fighting for their rights.

There’s a nice article about this at USA Today here.

121 Responses to “Success (and trouble) for Arizona Pastafarian’s ID Photo”

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  1. Sean Corbett says:

    Here is my official statement in response to the MVD’s statement regarding my license. I Sean Corbett declare that I am a true and dedicated believer of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Do not misinterpret my light hearted and jolly personality that I do not take this issue seriously because the opposite is true. It is important to understand that religion is a protected class under the civil rights act, and that no one has the right or authority to pick and choose which religions are approved or not approved. While this religion was originally created as satire to prove a similar point in 2005, it has become a global phenomenon reaching millions of people.

    After communicating with the OIG regarding my license, it is currently not revoked or suspended. They have a stop on the license which prevents me from making duplicates, but the license is still valid at this moment. They are requesting that I return to the MVD to surrender the license and be photographed without the headwear. I confirmed that my photo does not interfere with facial recognition software. This indicates that there is no error, they simply are discriminating against my religion. I have reached out to the AZDOT Civil Rights department and have spoken with a representative who is familiar with my story and is working with me to see what steps are necessary to fight this issue.

    • Cap'n Bucatini says:

      RAmen, brother Sean! You tell them pastafarianophobic bastards how it is.

  2. alexis says:

    way to go!!! keep up the fight!!
    can you please tell me how many members you have in this organization? thanks, alexis

  3. Can I Convert to Pastafarian

  4. Excelsior says:

    Kudos, Corbett/Sean Michael!
    We have won another battle. When all the other religions have gone extinct we will reign supreme! FSM RAmen!

  5. Rasputin says:

    Bless you, Mr. Corbett. You’re a hero. They crucified Jebus for standing against authoritarianism. Compared with that, it ain’t gonna be nearly as bad for you. Contact the media. Get a few TV interviews. If Muslims and Sikhs can wear headgear, so can you. It’s a matter of American liberty. Also, keep a colander in your car. Wear it every time you drive. That will determine a colander is indeed a part of your daily apparel. Maybe fit a colander with a chin strap. Google the number of motorists and passengers killed in the USA every year by virtue of head trauma. Demonstrate that a colander is effective as a safety helmet. To make the colander more comfortable and to prevent it from sliding, wear it in conjunction with a hat.

  6. Captain Birdseye says:

    A gold tooth would look great as well, Sean.

  7. Nichole says:

    Lots of really smart people in this organization…… Jk

  8. Captain Birdseye says:

    It’s more of a disorganisation, Nichole, which is its strength. Or, are you a spam-bot?

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