Pastafarian seeks right to wear bandana for driver's licence photo

A woman who claims to be a Pastafarian has launched a lawsuit to which would require the Automobile Insurance Board to allow her to wear a pirate bandana on her head for her driver's license photo.

Isabelle Narayana claims to be a member of the "Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster", which describes itself on its website as made up of people who do not believe a religion requires literal belief in order to provide spiritual enlightenment.

But, Narayana argues that by refusing her request to wear a bandana, the SAAQ is denying her right to practice her religion which is a violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.


She's been unable to renew her licence since it expired in March and claims that without it she is at risk of losing her job as a Montreal blue collar worker.

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  1. Simon posted on 08/19/2014 08:16 AM
    Please tell this woman is cunning like a fox, and is really just using this argument to display the stupidity of having to accomodate everyone's religious gree-grees. Because if she is actually serious in this request, she is entirely missing the point of the Flying Spaghetti Monster movement.
    1. Stewie posted on 08/20/2014 02:46 AM
      @Simon There aren't many bright people reading this, it seems.

      Yes, of course it's meant as a statement, as an argument to display the stupidity of accommodating everyone's religious whims. That's what the Church of The Flying Spaghetti Monsters is all about. But I guess we can't expect stupid people to read and learn about things before they comment.
  2. Jeff posted on 08/19/2014 08:31 AM
    "Who claims to be a so-called Pastafarian"... Hey, CJAD replace the word Pastafarian with Christian, Jew or Muslim and see how bigoted you are. What makes this religion any less valid than any other?
    1. Ryan posted on 08/19/2014 01:46 PM
      @Jeff Amiel Goldman claims to be a so-called Jew, and wants to wear a silly looking hat that appears to be only a small fraction of a hat.
    2. kenneth posted on 08/20/2014 01:10 AM
      @Jeff "Steve Johnson claims to be a so-called "Christian", and wants to wear a necklace with a tiny sculpture of a man being hung to death on a torture device in his photo. What a nutjob!"
  3. Tony posted on 08/19/2014 08:36 AM
    I am surprised even at myself for having wasted my time reading articles like this one!! This is the second lunatic to hit the news in less then two weeks, with this Pasta religion that spawned out of someones head, and got picked up by the media.

    Why are we even giving them air time, let alone even our bureaucracy and justice system allow them to show-up and waste our resources and money!! Turn a cold shoulder to these nut cases and/or laugh out loud!!

    There are more troubling and serious stuff happening out there, which really requires our attention. Let's not get side tracked by these fanatics, trying to push some point across in such nonsensical ways, there are betters means to go about it.
    1. Kenneth posted on 08/19/2014 12:16 PM
      @Tony "This is the second lunatic to hit the news in less then two weeks, with this Pasta religion that spawned out of someones head"

      Like Mormonism, Scientology, Catholicism, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, Wiccan etc? Those aren't man-made at ALL are they? Pastafarianism is as legitimate as saying an invisible man in the sky made seperated the water which was already there, made light before the sun, then made the earth which he stuck between the waters and filled it with every animal ever (including talking snakes). He (?) Then made man from dirt and a woman from his rib after he decided to put a special tree with bad juju fruit that he specifically KNEW they would eat, therefore purposefully damning everybody to hell before he takes 2-3,000,000 israelites on a mass-murdering spree across the middle east after screwing with Pharoah's free will by specifically hardening his heart, even though he(Pharoah) WANTED to let them go, JUST so he could SHOW OFF and send waves up plagues to Egyot building up to his crescendo of mass infanticide. Yeah, the Flying Spaghetti Monster (praise his noodly appendage) is TOTALLY crazy right?
    2. RICKRAYFSM posted on 08/19/2014 03:07 PM
      @Tony Wow! Imagine! Christianity has about 40,000 different sects/denominations. Each one believing its own lies are the right ones and all the others can go to hell. Hmmmm, who's the illogical ones? You get 3 guesses, the first 2 don't count!
  4. John F. posted on 08/19/2014 09:25 AM
    My sincere advice to Isabelle Narayana:

    Dear Isabelle Naranyana;

    Although we all live here in Canada under the Charter of Rights & Freedoms, there are certain "norms" that we all adhere to, some we like, others we dislike. That is how our society works. If you have a problem with this, there are choices that you can make such as, either conforming to the "norm" and have your picture taken as required, or not doing so and risk losing your employment as a blue collar worker.

    If this is too much to ask, you also, under the Charter of Rights & Freedoms, have the "right" to just pack up and leave. It's your choice and I trust that you will make the one that you can live with. Good luck.

    Sincerely,

    John F.
    1. FSM posted on 08/19/2014 09:24 PM
      @John F. I agree. One of those norms is to respect different cultures and beliefs. Or are you one of those racists and bigots that don't think turbans and headscarfs should be in the pictures also? Maybe you should think harder about those rights you espouse and find a nice southern states type area like Alabama
    2. Buddy Kaybay posted on 08/21/2014 07:37 AM
      @John F. The Church Of The Flying Spaghetti Monster is a satire on religion.

      It is NOT real, and is only taken seriously in a satirical context.

      It's unbelievable how many people post comments to an article they don't even understand.

      Pathetic.
  5. Joseph posted on 08/19/2014 09:40 AM
    She won't need to wear a pirate bandana on her head, but her head should be examined, just a wacko.
  6. Barcham posted on 08/19/2014 04:27 PM
    Thanks for the website link! I am now on my way to becoming an Ordained Minister in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster!

    And someone should inform Ms. Naranyana that she should be wearing a colander or spaghetti strainer on her head, not a bandana.
  7. ric posted on 08/19/2014 07:14 PM
    I hope this idiot gets a fine and jail time for wasting the court's time. Plus this loser gets our tax money as a blue collar.
    Maybe she'll wear a colander with noodles on her head to court.
    1. Barcham posted on 08/21/2014 09:48 PM
      @ric Actually a man elected to town council in the town of Pomfret, NY, did just that this past January. He took his oath of office wearing a colander on his head. You can find a link to the article if you click on the link to the FSM site in the article above.
  8. Charles posted on 08/19/2014 09:48 PM
    i think she should wear spaghetti in her picture.
  9. Skibble5150 posted on 08/21/2014 12:11 PM
    Religion talk makes all of the religious lunatics very angry.

    I love it.
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