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British Columbia Pastafarian Files Human Rights Complaint Regarding Religious Headgear

Dec 26, 2019

By Val Wilde

How can you tell if a person’s religious beliefs are sincere enough to merit accommodation in law? And who gets to decide?

The case of Gary Smith revolves around that very question.

The Grand Forks resident and ordained Pastafarian minister has come into conflict with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) after they declined to accept pictures of him wearing a colander on his head for his driver’s license. The ICBC, which administrates all government-issued identification cards for the province, does not recognize Pastafarianism as a sincere religious belief.

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