US Pagan locks horns with authorities over ID picture
Phelan Moonsong, 56, of Millinocket, Maine, ran into a spot of bother earlier this year when he submitted a picture of himself wearing goat horns in an application for an ID card.
But, according to this report, earlier this month – after convincing authorities that the horns were his “spiritual antennae”, and that he had been in touch with the American Civil Liberties Union – he finally received his card.
Moonsong calls himself a Pagan minister and a priest of Pan.
A lot of Pagans are in the closet and — as with the LGBT crowd — there’s a lot of misconceptions and discrimination that they face, I’ve come to feel very attached to the horns, and they’ve become a part of me and part of my spirituality. The horns are part of my religious attire.
A spokeswoman for the Maine Secretary of Sate said Moonsong did not initially “cite religious reasons” for wearing the horns, a claim which he disputes.
Officials told me that I had to send in some documentation or religious text to show why it was required for me to have my horns on. I said, ‘OK, I’ll go ahead and do that,’ but it seemed like an onerous requirement.
He added that he sent state officials an essay titled Pagan Religions: A Handbook for Diversity Training.
This report adds that Moonsong has been wearing the goat horns since 2009 after a friend at a Pagan men’s group, whose goat had recently died, offered them to the group. He took the horns home, drilled holes in each one and attached them to his forehead using stretchy, 50-pound fishing line that he wrapped around his head like an invisible skull cap.
He now claims to “feel naked” without them.