The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster better watch it’s back, because there’s a new unconventional church in town; the United Church of Bacon. No, not as in the artist Francis Bacon, or more importantly the Footloose phenomenon Kevin Bacon, actual bacon!
The church is based in Las Vegas and is a real, legal church with over 4,000 members worldwide. While the whole thing sounds completely bonkers, the founders actually have a pretty serious mission; to expose how wrong it is for society to give automatic respect and special legal privileges to religions.
“Is our saying we worship Bacon really any stranger than Catholics who say that communion wafers become the body of Christ? Unlike God, who is invisible, at least we can see Bacon. Bacon is demonstrably real,” the group write on their webpage.
The ‘religion’ was founded in 2010 by friends of magician Penn Jilette of Penn & Teller. The United Church of Bacon has even listed a set of “9 Bacon Commandments”. They were going to do ten, but apparently ran out of space on their tablets and couldn’t be bothered starting over. Fair enough.
Their mission is to oppose supernatural claims. “We are skeptics and atheists. In our religion, we doubt religion,” they write. The group also aim to fight discrimination, raise money for charity, perform legal weddings (and always free), expose religious privileges and the most important of PRAISE BACON!
The guys aren’t fussy about what type of bacon you choose to it, it can be literally any variety. Pork bacon, Vegetarian, Turkey Bacon; you choose!
The United Church of Bacon is actually becoming one of the fastest growing new religions in the world, according to their site, and have raised almost $75,000 for charities including the James Randi Educational Foundation.
Sound like something you’d be interested in joining? All you have to do is join via their website. You can even get married by an officiant of the church. Now, doesn’t that sound like fun?