by Isis Madrid
Texas Tech student Eddie Castillo had been battling DPS for a month before he was finally given the go-ahead to don a spaghetti colander on his head for his license photo.
The headwear is the chosen religious apparel of Pastafarians, a religion which Castillo practices. We're no strangers to the Flying Spaghetti Monster here, but if you've never heard of it, well -- The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, also known as Pastafarianism, was created by an atheist back in 2005 in protest of the Kansas School Board's defense of teaching intelligent design. It has grown virally over the years and stands today as a symbol of separation of church and state across the globe.
The Spaghetti Deity Himself
Castillo is not the first to attempt this move, with high profile yet unsuccessful attempts in New Jersey and Illinois popping up in the news over the past year. According to the Huffington Post, Pastafarians in Europe have fared better in their efforts to pay homage to the Flying Spaghetti Monster in state issued IDs. Earlier this month, Czech man Lukas Novy was issued an ID in which he wore the colander, after officials ruled dismissing his request would violate the nation's religious equality laws. Austrian atheist Niko Alm's license also features the pasta strainer, but not without a hairy legal battle first.
DPS officials reportedly plan to follow up with Castillo to "rectify" the situation.