After a heated legal battle, an Arizona man has won his right to express his religious predilections in his driver’s license photo. While this might not sound like news, the reason it has made headlines is because this man is a Pastafarian. That means he is a follower of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. And he won’t the right to wear the religion’s trademark colander on his head during the license photo. See the image below and watch the Inside Edition report included below:
36-year-old Sean Corbett leveraged his first amendment right to wear a colander during his driver’s license picture. Corbett from Chandler, Arizona couldn’t be happier for the win.
Corbett doesn’t just wear a colander on his head as a form of religious headwear. He is a much more dedicated Pastafarian than that. He eats pasta every day and speaks like a pirate as according to the religious customs.
Although this Pastafarian was simply following his religion, the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) did not like how he wanted to wear his religious colander. Corbett claimed the MVD workers ridiculed him and treated him poorly because of his religion.
“It was just a terrible experience,” he said. “I eventually gave in and just took one of my face.”
That was what happened years ago when this long-time Pastafarian tried to wear the colander. Now things are different.
He returned to the MVD for a new license. This time he fought for his right to wear the spaghetti colander. But once he dropped the word “discrimination” the employees gave into his demand.
“They still gave me pushback,” Corbett said. “They said it wasn’t going to happen and they weren’t going to take my picture with my spaghetti colander. They didn’t have the right to that — that would be discrimination. As long as it doesn’t obstruct my face, you have to allow it.”
For nearly an hour, the MVD employees resisted Corbett. Then a manger approved his request to use the photo on a temporary ID. But the manager could not say if the state government would approve the use of the photo for the real ID.
But this week, Corbett received his official license in the mail. The state of Arizona supports our first amendment rights, no matter how different they appear.
“It was just a matter of principle,” he said. “If people think I’m being ridiculous or I went too far with it, then they have the right to say that. It doesn’t upset me.”
But it seems like it is too good to be true. State officials plan to void Corbett’s ID because his religious headdress should have been weeded out by the facial recognition software.
“If that does happen, I believe I do have legal ground to stand on for a discrimination case if it does need to go that far,” Chandler said. “I don’t want people to go through the same experience I went through.”
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