Aaron Williams practices Pastafarianism (The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster) , which is not a religion, but a joke, a parody of religion created to mock the advocates of “intelligent design.” It’s a good joke, but like any joke, it becomes an annoyance when it stops being funny.When it has stopped being funny and it is inflicted on an audience without good reason or its consent, it is irresponsible conduct.
When Williams went to renew his drivers license at a Dayton, New Jersey Deptartment of Motor Vehicles office, he insisted on wearing a pasta strainer on his head during the taking of his license photo. He said that this was required by his religious beliefs, and thus he had a right to wear the strainer as an expression of his faith…which is, of course, the absence of faith. When the motor vehicle employee told Williams a head covering can’t be worn in license photos unless it is for legitimate religious reasons, he began taking a video of the worker with his cell phone, which is a violation of motor vehicle department policy. The police were called.
Working for a motor vehicle department is a grim enough job without arrogant wise-asses giving you grief just for the fun of it. There is nothing to be gained by making such a pointless stand as Williams’ silly pasta strainer gag, and even if there was, the DMV is not a fair place to make it. Muslims and other groups have to be permitted to leave a head covering on for their photos; if you disagree, take it to the courts. Pastafarianism is satire, but the DMV is not a comedy club.
Meanwhile, lots of frustrated citizens were being delayed in getting on with their lives because Williams wanted to have his moment of empty protest. Nothing was accomplished, but there were plenty of innocent victims, and Aaron Williams probably is all puffed up and proud of himself, because he can’t tell the difference between principle and posturing.
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