Russian Man Wears Crocheted Colander in License Photo as Part of ‘Religion’ to Mock Christians

Russia-compressedMOSCOW — A Russian man has been granted allowance to wear a crocheted colander on his head for his driver’s license photo after he asserted that it was a part of his religion—a satirical movement that is meant to mock Christianity and its beliefs.

Muscovite Andrei Filin became the first person in Russia to wear a colander on their head for their driver’s license photo as he asserted that he must do so because of his membership in the so-called “Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.” Officials originally tried to cut the colander out of the photograph, but Filin argued that it needed to stay.

“Then they started cropping the photo to my ears,” Filin said in comments posted on the organization’s website. “I told them that I needed the colander in the image. This is my religious conviction – that I must wear a colander on the photo of documents. They showed me my passport, insisting that there I did not wear any hat. I answered that at the time I had not yet become a Pastafarian.”

After he obtained his license, he posted a picture on Twitter, Tweeting, “Triumph Pastafarianism in Russia! Ramin, brothers and sisters! The first [license with] a colander in Russia! Great day! # Ramin”

The “Pastafarism” movement began in 2005 when American founder Bobby Henderson sent an open letter to the Kansas Board of Education to express his opposition to its decision to allow the teaching of Intelligent Design as an alternative to evolution, mocking biblical Creation with the concept of a “spaghetti monster.”

“With millions, if not thousands, of devout worshipers, the Church of the FSM is widely considered a legitimate religion, even by its opponents—mostly fundamentalist Christians,” the organization’s largely blasphemous website states, then proceeds to make a crude statement about the Almighty that is sexual in nature.

“If you say Pastafarians must believe in a literal Flying Spaghetti Monster to be True Believers, then you can make a similar argument for Christians,” it later asserts. “There is a lot of outlandish stuff in the Bible that rational Christians choose to ignore. We do the same with our scripture. This is intentional.”

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“He boiled for your sins,” states one poster featured on the site. Another features a mockery of John 3:16, making a reference to “Spaghetti 3:16,” and shows a man carrying a cross that reads “Pastafarianism.”

As previously reported, in November, a Massachusetts woman won an appeal to wear a colander on her head for her driver’s license photo as officials said that it would be permitted since the strainer didn’t cover her face. A professing atheist woman in Utah similarly was allowed to wear a colander on her head, asserting that she wanted to make a statement in doing so.

However, a man in Georgia was recently told that the headgear is not acceptable and that “Pastafarian is not actually a religion. Rather, it is a philosophy that mocks religion.”

“DDS (The Department of Driver’s Services) does not view satire or mockery of religion as a religion,” the state wrote in a denial letter.

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  • bowie1

    He would not be able to do that in Canada since we have to take off hats, glasses or any other part that might obscure our face. I’m not sure anyone would “get the message” with the fellow above other than it looks like an unusual tuque. My wife likes to knit so it may just look very warm in the winter for him e.g. in Siberia.

    • maranathagen67

      Are you certain of that, bowie1? Remember, we no longer have PM Harper at the helm. Canadians by in large elected a very liberal left wing compromiser who will permit Moslem women to wear their head dress (niqab?).

      • bowie1

        Time will tell. A few Christian women may also wear a hijab since they may come from a country where they covered up so as not to attract attention. Last year a young Christian lady came to our church wearing one, a friend of a member’s sister. First Trudeau may have to attend to other matters such as finding living places for refugees.

        • maranathagen67

          I would say that unless Trudeau and some of the premiers (including our own here in New Brunswick) repent and make an about turn on some vital issues such as abortion and euthanasia and same sex and marijuana, etc., then God cannot and will not bless our nation. Disobedience to God is killing our country in more than one way. We simply reap what we sow. The consequences are definitely not pleasant or encouraging. I see it as just more signs of the times and the ultimate return of our Lord.

  • bowie1

    If he ever gets to Siberia it may just keep him warm. But people passing by him might think he escaped from the looney bin.

  • Jeff Spradling

    Wow! Guess they don’t realize that in trying to mock what they believe to be ridiculous, they’re only making themselves out to look even more foolish

  • Jean Adams

    Christians won’t be bothered, why should we, God is watching and knows those who are his.

    • Amen. Mr. Filin knows nothing will be done, however if he’d like to mock Mo, all bets would be off.

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  • Jeff Flett

    bowie1 I’m not sure if your comment about Canada is still valid. There is that lady that believes that she must were a “nicab” for her photo.

  • Marcus Talley

    Everybody needs to stand above this. They try to tear us down, the content of your character will show everybody the superiority of Christ.

  • Amos Moses

    Maybe he’s a youper.

  • Nidalap

    Nothing says “mental superiority” like a picture of you on an official ID with a colander on your head! 🙂

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    • Josey

      ahaha…funny and how idiotic this guy looks

  • John_33

    The only reason why I don’t support this is because it makes a mockery of the legal process. Other than that, these atheists don’t realize that they are mocking themselves. They have to show that photo now to police officers and government officials. When are they going to wake up and realize that this wasn’t such a smart idea?

  • dtom1955

    Gal.6:7. These clowns appear to be mocking islam with there head garb.

  • peanut butter

    Cabbage head is more like it.

  • BarkingDawg

    Is that Randy Quaid?