This might still be on a case-by-case basis, but what a great case it is: Niko Alm labored for three years to convince Austrian authorities a) to let him wear a pasta strainer on his head for his driver’s license photo, and b) that he was psychologically fit to actually drive a car. Alm, you see, is a pastafarian, or one who worships the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
Ironically, Alm’s headgear looks more like a hairnet or even some pasta itself — but the Austrian authorities have recognized it as religious headgear not unlike a yarmulke. You gotta love religious freedoms!
As an agnostic, I’m delighted to see people pushing the borders of what can be seriously constituted as faith, and the symbols of those beliefs. Admit it, you want to smile at the image of a spaghetti-and-meatball god, just like the people cosplaying this divine meeting between man and comfort food at a con:
You can bet that when Alm whips out his license on Pastover, Ramendan, or Talk Like a Pirate Day, he’s guaranteed at least one free drink.