"For his Wisconsin driver's license photo, Michael Schumacher says he wants to wear a pasta strainer on his head because it's part of his belief in Pastafarianism as a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. The state's response: Just be sure to tip that colander back far enough to show your face. It's part of a strange — but not unprecedented — legal battle that recently was won by the Madison resident, though to call it a battle may be an overstatement. After his attorney sent a letter Jan. 25 to the state Department of Transportation, the Division of Motor Vehicles responded by letter Feb. 4 to say his client's request would be accommodated." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
As an American who madly loves this great country, I have to say this is another fantastic moment for freedom, democracy, religion, carbohydrates, and the excellent state of Wisconsin. First off, yes, it's obviously just cool beans that Pastafarianism is an organized atheist religious group. I don't really know if that's how to properly categorize it, atheist religious, being as they're rather contradictory, but that's their thing and they're doing it. No one's stopping them and no one can. You hear that, British? We're letting them do it. That's why we broke away from you Red Coats, so you'd stop persecuting our beliefs. That and because both improper taxation and tea suck! Take that! Coffee forever, you wig-wearing bastards! Oh, and while we're at it, we'll take The Office and make it our own thing, too!
Aside from it being awesome that the Church of the Flying Spaghetti monster is allowed to fly--just like their God-figure! Suck it some more, Brits!--that's also an awesome thing to decide to believe in. I'm a major lover of all things fun and great, especially if you're gonna be enthusiastic about it. So if you don't want to believe in my God and instead found a movement to try and combat teaching intelligent design, that's cool, I respect it. I won't get in your face about it if you won't get in mine. As long as I'm not getting yelled at about stuff I'm generally having a good time. I know it's not really about praising spaghetti to Pastafarians, it's about anti-creationism. However, I can't stop thinking about people being so into pasta that they worship it. It's so cool and badass that I absolutely dig it. Could you imagine if someone actually felt that way? Wait there already is. It's called Italianism.
Finally, this shows how star spangled great Wisconsin is, too, not just America. Whereas some states would throw fits, protest, and hold it as an anti- or pro-religious example in the news for weeks, Wisconsin just went right ahead and gave Mr. Schumacher a written thumbs up. Separation of church and state, no biggie. Freedom to do what you want in a state issued I.D., chill. Not wasting time, resources, or state money to drag out a bureaucratic nightmare, easy as pie. Spaghetti pie! Bet you wish you had that instead of fish 'n chips, you Wimbledon-worshiping fig newtons! Wisconsin! America! Not the UK!
Oh baby, baseball season's just around the corner! Yes! Guess who's winning the World Series this year!?
That's right--not a British team!
You don't even have Stanley in your version of The Office!
And we also have the Stanley Cup, while I'm at it! Suck on that, England AND Canada!
Play me off, Jimi!