Man Allowed To Take License Photo With Pasta Strainer On Head

Not your typical drivers license photo for this Texas Tech Student. We'll tell you why this pasta strainer is his symbol for the separation of church and state.
"Once she allowed me to I put the pasta strainer on my head, I took the biggest, cheesiest smile I probably ever took," said Texas Tech Student Eddie Castillo.

What was once used as a tool to drain pasta is now a religious symbol. After a month long battle with DPS, Castillo was allowed to take his official government ID photo while wearing a pasta strainer, which he says is a symbol of his religion "Pastafarianism."

"It was created as a form of satire, but it shouldn't be taken in a sense that discriminates or disassociates other religions and it should be looked at as a political symbol for the separation of church and state," said Castillo.

Castillo says "Pastafarians" worship the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a made-up god that was invented as an argument against teaching intelligent design in schools.

Castillo isn't the first person to attempt this, but the first to be successful in the US. Something that surprised even him.

"Especially in Lubbock county where we are kind of looked at as one of the most conservatives cities in the country," said Castillo. "I've heard of the stories happening of the guy getting arrested for attempting to do the same thing that I was doing so when I walked in there I had to mentally prepare myself to probably gather bond or something to get out of jail."

Castillo says he's gotten a lot of support for the photo, especially from the secular community. But says his message is more religious-freedom than anti-religion.

"I don't want to say its poking fun at religious head-wear in other peoples faiths I would like to think that it actually opens the doors for new age religion and just it kind of symbolizes acceptance and it kind of celebrates in a sense that we are a melting pot of a country," said Castillo.

We spoke with DPS late Wednesday, they say their legal department has reviewed the move and they say they will be contacting Castillo to rectify the situation.
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