Added to the colander of saints

“Lose the glasses,” they told me when they took the picture for my driver’s license. “Too much glare.” Good thing they didn’t shoot the top of my head.

Then again, I’m not a Pastafarian:

It may sound like a joke but an Enid woman says her Oklahoma driver’s license features a unique symbol of her religious freedom.

It may even prompt a giggle, but for Shawna Hammond, the spaghetti strainer is a symbol of freedom.

“It doesn’t cover my face. I mean you can still see my face. We have to take off our glasses, so I took off my glasses,” Hammond said.

Letter of the law, doncha know. And this is the law:

According to the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety’s rules, religious headpieces cannot cause shadows on your face and the photograph must present a clear view of your face.

Hammond declares herself to be an atheist, her manifest devotion to the Flying Spaghetti Monster notwithstanding.


  1. fillyjonk »

    5 September 2014 · 8:40 pm

    The glasses thing is weird, but I guess it makes sense. A cop can ask you to take them off, and you know if we kept them on, there’d be the db arguing that his sunglasses counted.

    Except my driver’s license photo, taken without my glasses, makes me look like I have a bad cold. (I think the absence of glasses is at least part of that.)

    I think the woman in Enid got the idea from a guy in Canada or somewhere; I’ve heard the colander-head story before.

  2. CGHill »

    5 September 2014 · 8:59 pm

    I’m waiting for someone to show up in the garb of the Invisible Pink Unicorn.

  3. McGehee »

    6 September 2014 · 7:34 am

    Maybe I could claim a Stetson as religious headgear, if I belonged to a cowboy church.

  4. Tatyana »

    6 September 2014 · 9:16 am

    Ch, maybe they already do?! The garb is invisible, after all

  5. CGHill »

    6 September 2014 · 11:18 am

    But it would presumably have to be pointed out to us infidels.

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