ST. GEORGE, Utah — There are now documented cases of “Pastafarians” in Utah, Oklahoma and Kansas. Could Colorado be next?
Just over a month after an Oklahoma woman donned a colander in her driver’s license photo, claiming it was a religious expression connected to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a woman in Utah did the same this week.
The referenced “church” spawned out an open letter Bobby Henderson directed at the Kansas State Board of Education in 2005. Henderson penned the letter to protest the board’s decision to permit teaching intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in public school science classes, suggesting the idea of a Flying Spaghetti Monster was as believable as creationism.
The idea of the Flying Spaghetti Monster became an Internet phenomenon soon thereafter, with “followers” of the tenets voiced in Henderson’s letter referring to themselves as “Pastafarians.” The group has seen a resurgence of late.
In September, seeking an avenue to take her own stand against organized religion in Oklahoma, Shawna Hammond donned a colander — a nod to the Flying Spaghetti Monster — after finding a loophole in the state’s legislation that allows for displays of religious headgear so long as they doesn’t obstruct the view of a recipient’s face.
“For me the colander represents freedom: our freedom of religion, and to whatever religion that we prefer, or even lack of religion,” Hammond told FOX31 Denver sister station KFOR.
This week, Utah woman Jessica Steinhauser responded in kind, posting a photo of her colander driver’s license photo and claiming she is the fourth U.S. citizen to take such a photo.
“I’m officially the first Pastafarian in Utah and the 4th one in the US,” Steinhauser, who also happens to be a porn star going by the pseudonym “Asia Carrera-Lemmon,” wrote in a Facebook post.
Steinhauser went on to write that aside from her and Hammond, she believes there are two other Pastafarians who have taken driver’s license photos with colanders on their heads, both of whom reside in California.