5. Telepathic Aliens
Ivo A. Benda and several other ‘contacts’ have been claiming since 1997 that they communicate with extraterrestrials. Founding a church named Followers of the Cosmic People of Light Powers, Benda and crew claim to telepathically communicate with aliens as well as have personal contact with them. According the the Church, a fleet of spaceships led by their leader Ashtar Sheran have been helping the good on Earth as they hover around it, and are awaiting transporting the followers of the religion to another dimension, presumably a Utopia.
4. God’s King
Family lines were at one time deemed to be chosen by God to lead a country or empire and while that has fallen into disuse, there are some that still adhere to this concept. The Prince Philip Movement is considered to be a cult out of the Yaohnanen Tribe which is from the island of Tanna in Vanuatu. Followers of this cult believe that Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II of England, is a divine being. Describing the prince as the ‘pale-skinned son of a mountain spirit’, the tribe base much of this off a legend that a son would travel overseas to a distant land, marry a powerful woman and return. Upon the visit from Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip to their island, villagers noticed her power and thus assumed that Philip was the divine one.
3. Cannibal Church
Technically a political organization, this group refers to itself and acts like a church in most respects including having music, sermons and the like. Where this group differs from mainstream religions is that they believe that the world is overpopulated… way overpopulated. The Church of Euthanasia encourages members to take direct action including taking one’s own life and avoiding procreating at all costs as well as advocating cannibalism to avoid burying bodies. Led by the Reverend Chris Korda in Boston, the Church has come under fire many times by police and government agencies for their strange behavior and beliefs.
2. Two By Two
Founded in 1848 in Oneida, New York, The Oneida Community believes that the Jesus Christ made his return to Earth already. Founder John Humphrey Noyes claimed that when Jesus returned to Earth, it made it possible for every person to achieve spiritual perfection while alive on Earth. The trick is that every person in the community is married to everyone else, thus eliminating single marriages. Called ‘The Swinger Church’ by some, The Oneida Community believes that everyone on Earth should consider themselves married to one another and would thus open up love and freedom of the soul.
1. Cthulu’s Little Boy
Pastafarians, the followers of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, don’t take themselves too seriously. In fact, that’s the whole point of the religion. The ‘story’ of the religion is that everything began with the Great Flying Spaghetti Monster who cooperated with pirates to bring good people to Earth. Believing that moral crises of our time originate from the slowly decreasing number of good pirates, Pastafarians tend to dress in pirate regalia and generally describe themselves as secular people trying to prove a point and in fact have very little in the way of true religious tenants… other than the funny stuff that is.