Woman Wears Colander For Drivers License Photo
A Utah woman says she encountered only brief resistance when she recently had her drivers license photo taken while wearing a colander on her head as a religious statement.
Asia Lemmon, whose legal name appears on her drivers license as Jessica Steinhauser, said the pasta strainer represents her beliefs in the satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
The Flying Spaghetti Monster movement, also known as Pastafarians started in 2005 as a protest against teaching intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in Kansas schools.
When she had the photo taken Sept. 29, Lemmon said she wasn’t sure if officials at the Division of Motor Vehicles office in Hurricane would allow her to wear the headgear, but â€œit was surprisingly really, really easy.
Asia Lemmon, whose legal name appears on her driverÂ’s license as Jessica Steinhauser, is shown wearing a metal colander on her head on her Utah drivers license. (AP Photo/Utah Department of Motor Vehicles via The Spectrum)
Nannette Rolfe, the director of Utahs Driver License Division, said about a dozen Pastafarians have had their state driverâ€™s license photos taken with a similar colander or pasta strainer on their heads in recent years.
â€œAs long as we can get a visual of the face, were fine if they choose to wear the headgear,â€ she said.
Hats and headgear are not allowed for drivers license photos unless theyâ€™re religious garments, Rolfe said. After the first few Pastafarians came in about two years ago, state officials determined the church is a recognized religion and its members don’t require any special paperwork, she said.
Lemmon, a St. George resident, is a former porn star who performed under the name Asia Carrera, The Spectrum of St. George reported Monday.
She said she wanted to make a statement with the photo.
â€œIâ€™m a really proud, outspoken atheist,â€ she said. â€œI am proud of Utah for allowing freedom of all religions in what is considered by many to be a one-religion state.â€
About two-thirds of the stateâ€™s residents are Mormons, and Utah is home to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Lemmon said that even though Utah is a conservative state, everyone has been respectful of her religious views.
Courtesy of the Insurance Journal