Texas Pastafarian Wins Battle At DMV, Becomes First In U.S. To Wear Colander In License Photo

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Trips to the DMV don't typically elicit genuine smiles, but from beneath a metal pasta strainer, Texas Tech student and practicing Pastafarian Eddie Castilloflashed the "biggest, cheesiest" one he could muster last week.


Castillo told KLBK that the triumphant moment came after a lengthy fight with the state's Department of Public Safety that the unusual headgear was protected as part of his religious beliefs. He worships the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a deity created by an atheist in 2005 in protest of the Kansas School Board's defense of teaching intelligent design. According to its founding principles, "the only dogma allowed in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is the rejection of dogma."

(Click over to KLTV to see Castillo's license photo.)

Castillo is the first American to successfully have his government-issued photo identification taken while wearing a colander, though DPS officials are reportedly planning to follow up with Castillo in order to "rectify" the situation. Others have tried unsuccessfully, and Castillo told KLBK that he was surprised at his victory, which he called a "political and religious milestone for all atheists everywhere."

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  1. More! More! Way to go.

    If they won’t come their senses and engage in adult informed debate religious people will have to get used to their dogmatic ideas being laughed at; denied debate, what other way can rational individuals counter such nonsense?

    The ball’s in their court!

    Incidentally, I’ve got a hat like that, but I use it to strain spaghetti.

        • In reply to #18 by Stafford Gordon:

          In reply to #11 by bluebird:

          *In reply to #3 by Stafford Gordon:Incidentally, I’ve got a hat like thatSo does the cat, for whom colanders are all that!

          Sorry?

          Colanders, the cat in the hat knows a lot about that

          Just funning ya ;)

    • In reply to #3 by Stafford Gordon:

      Incidentally, I’ve got a hat like that, but I use it to strain spaghetti.

      Ah yes! The straining of the spaghetti. The holy pastafari celebration in which the pasta actually turns into the flesh of FSM and the sauce actually turns into its blood. The miracle of trans-pastanciation.

  2. All hail the Great Spaghetti Monster! And all glory and honor to its prophet Eddie Castillo! Blessed art those wearing colanders and blessed be the noodles of their groin! Where do I start tithing?

  3. “Practicing Pastafarian”

    I’m afraid that this will evolve and in 100 years some people will actually believe the Holy Noodleness (peace be upon it). We all know how it goes: what starts out as a laughable fable soon becomes something that people actually fall for, and the origin of the story is forgotten and/or changed.

    Sometimes I feel that inventing the FSM and Pastafarianism has lead to the creation of a monster, literally. I wonder when Pastafarianism will go through its own internal struggles and reformations. Will people divide over weather eating noodles actually means ingesting the body of the FSM, or if it’s only symbolic? Or will it be over the interpretation of The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster?

    • In reply to #7 by Aztek:

      “Practicing Pastafarian”

      I’m afraid that this will evolve and in 100 years some people will actually believe the Holy Noodleness (peace be upon it). We all know how it goes: what starts out as a laughable fable soon becomes something that people actually fall for, and the origin of the story is for…

      No need to worry. There will always be those with Celiac’s Disease and perhaps those on low carb diets.

    • As long as Pastafarianism doesn’t proscribe eternal divine punishments or even decidedly earthly punishments for disbelief, I am sure you have nothing to worry about.

      The main difference between this and other religions, is that Pastafarians don’t really believe it.

      In reply to #7 by Aztek:

      “Practicing Pastafarian”

      I’m afraid that this will evolve and in 100 years some people will actually believe the Holy Noodleness (peace be upon it). We all know how it goes: what starts out as a laughable fable soon becomes something that people actually fall for, and the origin of the story is for…

      • Do you think Christians believe that God created the first man from dirt and the first woman from one of the first man’s ribs.
        And that God created a “Garden of Eden” for them, in the middle of which he placed an apple tree from which they were not to eat. And that God also placed a talking snake in that same garden, knowing the character of said snake.

        And that later, God sent himself to earth in the form of a Jewish carpenter (born of a virgin) to absolve us of our sins by being crucified.

        This is in the main handbooks for Christianity but I would think most Christians don’t really believe it.

        In reply to #31 by adey5:

        As long as Pastafarianism doesn’t proscribe eternal divine punishments or even decidedly earthly punishments for disbelief, I am sure you have nothing to worry about.

        The main difference between this and other religions, is that Pastafarians don’t really believe it.

        In reply to #7 by Aztek:

        “Prac…

  4. I for one refuse to accept pastafarianism as a legitimate religion.

    once I’m happy that the cult, yes cult that’s all it is, has split into warring factions over something so inconsequential you think you must be missing some huge surrealist joke until you note the look of seriousness on either factions faces when the issue is mentioned I’ll treat it like all the other great religions.

    now, strainers. traditional metal or modern silicone rubber? these silicone rubber ones are dishwasher safe, fliexible enough to roll up reducing storage needs and never rust. if i were a wheat-based creator of the universe i know what i’d consider acceptable and it isn’t what this heathen’s wearing

    • In reply to #8 by SaganTheCat:

      now, strainers. traditional metal or modern silicone rubber? these silicone rubber ones are dishwasher safe, fliexible enough to roll up reducing storage needs and never rust. if i were a wheat-based creator of the universe i know what i’d consider acceptable and it isn’t what this heathen’s wearing

      I’m pretty sure the aluminium (aluminum) ones don’t rust either.

      It’s “Plasticafarians” like you that are taking away all the traditional ceremonies around the aluminium strainers. You Sir are an abomination! The one true FSM will not save you, you must save yourself with the correct head gear.

      • In reply to #20 by alaskansee:

        In reply to #8 by SaganTheCat:

        It’s “Plasticafarians” like you that are taking away all the traditional ceremonies around the aluminium strainers.

        comment reported as blatant persecution.

        i have progressive beliefs and if giving up the need for oversized shiny baubles to help focus on the core meaning of pasta straining within the confines restricted kitchen storage space then I wonder if you even understand the true meaning of pastafarianism.

        and to answer an earlier question, you tease your hair through the holes, hence silicone rubber, its a bit like those things hairdressers use for highlights. once your hair is teased through coat with flour and water before baking under a hairdryer. you can also flavour them to make your head tasty enough to share a plate with pasta (i.e. garlic bread-locks)

        • In reply to #24 by SaganTheCat:

          In reply to #20 by alaskansee:

          In reply to #8 by SaganTheCat:

          i have progressive beliefs and if giving up the need for oversized shiny baubles to help focus on the core meaning of pasta straining within the confines restricted kitchen storage space then I wonder if you even understand the true meaning of pastafarianism.

          and to answer an earlier question, you tease your hair through the holes, hence silicone rubber, its a bit like those things hairdressers use for highlights. once your hair is teased through coat with flour and water before baking under a hairdryer. you can also flavour them to make your head tasty enough to share a plate with pasta (i.e. garlic bread-locks)

          These are the reasons you will never make it to Pasteven and sit on the right noodle of the FSM! Only metal colanders will bring you to him, using hairdryers is expressly forbidden especially on our holy day, pasta Tuesday. May your children’s children be born with celiac disease so that they can never experience the wonder of his noodlie appendages.

  5. There ARE already many schisms within Pastafarianism, they include SPAM’s Linguinism, Moominist Church of His Spaghettiness, Flying SpaghettiOs Monster, the Time Noodle and the Rotininians… surely this proves that it is a real religion?

  6. I pray for harmony within the noodly church. The FSM (sauce be upon her) will be offended if rifts appear within her church. Already the Bolognese and Carbonara factions among the Pastafarians are showing early signs of disagreement (apparently to something do with whether or not to eat pig meat). Now the colander has been officially approved in two countries, one fears disputes over whether the hair should be teased through the holes, left underneath or cut off altogether in homage to the holy spaghetti cutter. In these difficult times when Pastafarians undergo repeated and agressive verbal attacks from other religions it is essential that we stick together to provide a harmonious face around the central tenets of the one religion that offers truth.

  7. Well done or “al dente” as we the true (other denominations and infidels call us orthodox) Pastafarians say*

    *Though there are other denominations – Conservative, Reform, Classical Reform come to mind – who also use the term but with a different meaning which strays in varying degrees from the true meaning in the scripture. The Reconstructionist and Renewal movements only use it on holidays such as Passtaover. The Humanist cult has abandoned it completely as they have done with practically all of our beliefs which is why they are PINO -Pastafarian in name only.

    Anyway, a clear sign from his (yes, as a neo- Abrahamic god he is male) noodliness that we must inject more humour into our prayers which have become rather all to, ahem, strident on these pages.

  8. A THIS is why you cannot argue against Quebec’s new proposed charter. If you allow people of some religions to wear their headgear, but deny other people the same right, then that is discrimination, but if you demand than NO STUPID HATS are allowed, across the board, that is fairness.

    • In reply to #26 by Blasphemyman:

      Taking the piss out of seriously recognised religious nonsense is excellent!
      Well done Castillo you deserve fame!

      So were you planning a break-away sect wearing chamber-pots?

      • In reply to #27 by Alan4discussion:

        In reply to #26 by Blasphemyman:

        Taking the piss out of seriously recognised religious nonsense is excellent!
        Well done Castillo you deserve fame!
        I would happily support a fatwa to exchange head bags for chamber pots!
        So were you planning a break-away sect wearing chamber-pots?

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