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10 Extremely Weird Religions

We have previously published a variety of lists on strange religious practices, religions you never knew existed, and weird cults, but not a list of bizarre religions. This list is designed to fill the gap by discussing ten religions that most of us have not heard of (for good reason as you will see). Be sure to use the comments to tell us about any other bizarre religions and, especially, your own experiences of them.

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Scientology

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Scientology has featured on a previous list, but if I didn’t include it here the comments would be inundated with “where’s scientology?” questions. The Church of Scientology is a cult created by L Ron Hubbard (Elron) in 1952 as an outgrowth of his earlier self-help system called Dianetics. The Church of Scientology holds that at the higher levels of initiation (OT levels) mystical teachings are imparted that may be harmful to unprepared readers. These teachings are kept secret from members who have not reached these levels. In the OT levels, Hubbard explains how to reverse the effects of past-life trauma patterns that supposedly extend millions of years into the past. Among these advanced teachings is the story of Xenu (sometimes Xemu), introduced as an alien ruler of the “Galactic Confederacy.” According to this story, 75 million years ago Xenu brought billions of people to Earth in spacecraft resembling Douglas DC-8 airliners, stacked them around volcanoes and detonated hydrogen bombs in the volcanoes. The thetans then clustered together, stuck to the bodies of the living, and continue to do this today. Scientologists at advanced levels place considerable emphasis on isolating body thetans and neutralizing their ill effects.

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Creativity Movement

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The Creativity Movement (formerly known as World Church Of The Creator), is a white separatist organization that advocates the whites-only religion, Creativity. It was also a descriptive phrase used by Ben Klassen, that included all adherents of the religion. The use of the term creator does not refer to a deity, but rather to themselves (white people). Despite the former use of the word Church in its name, the movement is atheistic. Creativity is a White Separatist religion that was founded by Ben Klassen in early 1973 under the name Church of the Creator. After Klassen’s death in 1993, Creativity almost died out as a religion until the New Church of the Creator was established three years later by Matthew F. Hale as its Pontifex Maximus (high priest), until his incarceration in January 2003 for plotting with the movement’s head of security, Anthony Evola (an FBI informant), to murder a federal judge.


8

Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth

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Obviously spelling is not a fundamental part of this religion! Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth (TOPY) was founded in 1981 by members of Psychic TV, Coil, Current 93, and a number of other individuals. The ever-evolving network is a loosely federated group of people operating as a unique blend of artistic collective, and practitioners of magic. TOPY is dedicated to the manifestation of magical concepts lacking mysticism or the worship of gods. The group focuses on the psychic and magical aspects of the human brain linked with “guiltless sexuality”. Throughout its existence, TOPY has been an influential group in the underground Chaos magic scene and in the wider western occult tradition. TOPY’s research has covered both Left-hand path and Right-hand path magick, various elements of psychology, art, music, and a variety of other media. Some of the influences on the network have been Aleister Crowley, Austin Osman Spare, and Brion Gysin.

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Nation of Yahweh

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The Nation of Yahweh is a predominantly African-American religious group that is the most controversial offshoot of the Black Hebrew Israelites line of thought. They were founded in 1979 in Miami by Hulon Mitchell, Jr., who went by the name Yahweh ben Yahweh. Their goal is to return African Americans, whom they see as the original Israelites, to Israel. The group departs from mainstream Christianity and Judaism by accepting Yahweh ben Yahweh as the Son of God. In this way, their beliefs are unique and distinct from that of other known Black Hebrew Israelite groups. The group has engendered controversy due to legal issues of its founder and has also faced accusations of being a black supremacist cult by the Southern Poverty Law Center and The Miami Herald. The SPLC has criticized the beliefs of the Nation of Yahweh as racist, stating that the group believed blacks are “the true Jews” and that whites were “white devils.” They also claim the group believed Yahweh ben Yahweh had a Messianic mission to vanquish whites and that they held views similar to the Christian Identity movement.


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Church of All Worlds

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The Church of All Worlds is a neo-pagan religion founded in 1962 by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart and his wife Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart. The religion evolved from a group of friends and lovers who were in part inspired by a fictional religion of the same name in the science fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein; the church’s mythology includes science fiction to this day. They recognize “Gaea,” the Earth Mother Goddess and the Father God, as well as the realm of Faeries and the deities of many other pantheons. Many of their ritual celebrations are centered on the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece. Following the tradition of using fiction as a basis for his ideas, Zell-Ravenheart recently founded The Grey School of Wizardry inspired in part by Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the school in the Harry Potter novels.

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Universe People

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Universe people or Cosmic people of light powers (Czech: Vesmírní lidé sil sv?tla) is a Czech religious movement centered around Ivo A. Benda. Its belief system is based upon the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations communicating with Benda and other “contacters” since October 1997 telepathically and later even by direct personal contact. According to Benda those civilizations operate a fleet of spaceships, led by Ashtar Sheran, orbiting the Earth. They closely watch and help the good and are waiting to transport their followers into another dimension. The Universe People’s teachings incorporate various elements from ufology (some foreign “contacters” are credited, though often also renounced after a time as misguided or deceptive), Christianity (Jesus was a “fine-vibrations” being) and conspiracy theories (forces of evil are supposed to plan compulsory chipping of the population).


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Church of the SubGenius

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The Church of the SubGenius is a parody religion that promotes slack, while in a meta-commentarial way, satirizes religion, conspiracy theories, UFOs, and popular culture. The church claims to have been founded in the 1950s by the “world’s greatest salesman” J. R. “Bob” Dobbs. “Bob” Dobbs is depicted as a cartoon of a Ward Cleaver-like man smoking a pipe. The church really started with the publication of SubGenius Pamphlet #1 in 1979. It found acceptance in underground pop-culture circles and has been embraced on college campuses, in the underground music scene, and on the Internet. An important SubGenius event occurred on July 5, 1998: X-Day. The Church had been predicting that on this day the world would be destroyed by invading alien armies known as the X-ists (which is short for “Men from Planet X”). When the event didn’t come to pass, the church administrator who predicted it was tarred and feathered – but allowed to continue on as administrator. Paul Reubens (Pee-wee Herman) is a SubGenius minister. Patrick Volkerding, the founder and maintainer of Slackware Linux, is also a SubGenius affiliate, and he has confirmed the Church and “Bob” inspired the name for Slackware.

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Prince Philip Movement

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The Prince Philip Movement is a cargo cult of the Yaohnanen tribe on the southern island of Tanna in Vanuatu. The Yaohnanen believe that Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the consort to Queen Elizabeth II, is a divine being, the pale-skinned son of a mountain spirit and brother of John Frum. According to ancient tales the son travelled over the seas to a distant land, married a powerful lady and would in time return. The villagers had observed the respect accorded to Queen Elizabeth II by colonial officials and came to the conclusion that her husband, Prince Philip, must be the son from their legends. When the cult formed is unclear, but it is likely that it was sometime in the 1950s or 1960s. Their beliefs were strengthened by the royal couple’s official visit to Vanuatu in 1974 when a few villagers had the opportunity to observe the prince from afar. Prince Philip was made aware of the religion and has exchanged gifts with its leaders and even visited them.


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The Church of Euthanasia

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The Church of Euthanasia (CoE), is a political organization started by the Reverend Chris Korda (pictured above) in the Boston, Massachusetts area of the United States. According to the church’s website, it is “a non-profit educational foundation devoted to restoring balance between Humans and the remaining species on Earth.” The CoE uses sermons, music, culture jamming, publicity stunts and direct action combined with an underlying sense of satire and black humor to highlight Earth’s unsustainable population. The CoE is notorious for its conflicts with Pro-life Christian activists. According to the church’s website, the one commandment is “Thou shalt not procreate”. The CoE further asserts four principal pillars: suicide, abortion, cannibalism (“strictly limited to consumption of the already dead”), and sodomy (“any sexual act not intended for procreation”). Slogans employed by the group include “Save the Planet, Kill Yourself”, “Six Billion Humans Can’t Be Wrong”, and “Eat a Queer Fetus for Jesus”, all of which are intended to mix inflammatory issues to unnerve those who oppose abortion and homosexuality.

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Nuwaubianism

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Nuwaubianism is an umbrella term used to refer to the doctrines and teachings of the followers of Dwight York. The Nuwaubians originated as a Black Muslim group in New York in the 1970s, and have gone through many changes since. Eventually, the group established a headquarters in Putnam County, Georgia in 1993, which they have since abandoned. York is now in prison after having been convicted on money laundering and child molestation charges, but Nuwaubianism endures. York developed Nuwaubianism by drawing on a wide range of sources which include Theosophy-derived New Age movements such as Astara as well as the Rosicrucians, Freemasonry, the Shriners, the Moorish Science Temple of America, the revisionist Christianity & Islam and the Qadiani cult of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the numerology of Rashad Khalifa, and the ancient astronaut theories of Zecharia Sitchin. White people are said in one Nuwaubian myth to have been originally created as a race of killers to serve blacks as a slave army, but this plan went awry. Here is a list of some of the more unusual Nuwaubian beliefs:

1. It is important to bury the afterbirth so that Satan does not use it to make a duplicate of the recently-born child
2. Furthermore, some aborted fetuses survive their abortion to live in the sewers, where they are being gathered and organized to take over the world
3. People were once perfectly symmetrical and ambidextrous, but then a meteorite struck Earth and tilted its axis causing handedness and shifting the heart off-center in the chest
4. Each of us has seven clones living in different parts of the world
5. Women existed for many generations before they invented men through genetic manipulation
6. Homo sapiens is the result of cloning experiments that were done on Mars using Homo erectus
7. Nikola Tesla came from the planet Venus
8. The Illuminati have nurtured a child, Satan’s son, who was born on 6 June 1966 at the Dakota House on 72nd Street in New York to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis of the Rothschild/Kennedy families. The Pope was present at the birth and performed necromantic ceremonies. The child was raised by former U.S. president Richard Nixon and now lives in Belgium, where it is hooked up bodily to a computer called “The Beast 3M” or “3666.”

The Nuwaubians built a city modelled on Ancient Egyptian buildings in Putnam County, Georgia (pictured above). It has now been demolished.

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  • claire

    I dont know how people fall for scientology.

    • Johnny B

      Think about it! Really you have Alcoholics Anonymous and ANRC Anon programs as infrastructure to endlessly recruit broken people to rebuild them into the fold. They are also powerful and rich and can open new doors of opportunity and all they ask is your enslavement.

      • skeeter1971

        12 step programs don’t spout crap about an alien overlord, though.

      • Name

        AA is not a religion or a cult, stop reading the Orange papers and actually talk to some people if you can leave youre basement.

    • peter

      Not a terrible list, although I wonder why mainstream religion is not mentioned. Walking on water, turning it into wine and making a woman from and mans rib only for her to be tempted by a talking snake…sounds normal to me.

      • Captain Carrot

        Yeah, Peter, about as normal as an explosion from nothing that magically made “something” and that people magically formed from nothing as well.

        Oh, or that one entirely different type of creature could suddenly, magically “morph” into another creature entirely, with a totally different body structure and means of survival.

        Not to mention as normal as believing in “floating, transparent spirits” or that a plant w/4 leaves gives a person magical luck.

        Or that human beings who have been proven to be fallible time and time again think they know answers to things they really have no idea about and yet all the other people blindly accept what they say as truth.

        Hey, or maybe that even though we could actually make life better on earth for ourselves and all inhabitants, and our home itself, we instead like to ruin it and close to everything about it all for the sake of the importance of some green paper that we ourselves invented and that inherently has less worth than what we ruin to scavenge more and more pieces of this green paper like rabid, mindless animals.

        We read fairy tales and aesop’s fables (or used to) for the morals of the story, yet we ridicule the Bible for telling stories that promote all kinds of lessons and tools for positive, healthy, happy living.

        Hey, we have no proof of extraterrestrial beings but let’s believe in their existence anyway, and mock people that believe a person could create the world we live in.

        We can make automobiles and computers and robots and have even cloned animals, yet let’s laugh and say it’s impossible for us and the things around us to have been created ourselves.

        Shall I go on? Nah, I think that’s enough. A$$clown.

        • FullShrimp

          like every over religious idiot out there, you have your facts wrong.

          “Hey, we have no proof of extraterrestrial beings but let’s believe in their existence anyway, and mock people that believe a person could create the world we live in.”

          kinda cancels itself out doesn’t it?

          • Casey

            Well we don’t bash the fact that there isn’t proof of extraterrestrial life. The entire universe, the beauty you can see in it and the experiences we live through is proof enough for me. In the end, you can’t come up with a good reason as to how the universe was created, meaning that my faith in a god is just as valid as any shit theory you can come up with. Anyway, he was saying that from an athiest’s point of view and how its hypocritical for people to think that way. So, no, it doesn’t cancel itself out unless you are an atheist and believe in aliens.

        • jammy927

          The Big Bang wasn’t an explosion in the normal sense, and there was nothing magical about it. Also, there is plenty of evidence to support it (CBM radiation, Doppler shift), so there is no reason not to believe it occurred – unlike religion.

          Things don’t ‘morph suddenly’ into a completely different body structure. They change over millions of years in order to adapt to a changing environment. I would go into more detail, but it is obvious you are so well educated on evolution in the first place.

          Superstition, like four-leaf clovers=luck, is bullshit and I agree with you on this point.

          It is unfortunate that society listens to the sort of person you describe here, however, this scenario could easily be applied to religious belief.

          I agree, however, I like to think more positively and believe that humans can change their lifestyles for the benefit of the planet.

          People ridicule the Bible mainly because it is taken so seriously by adults. Fairy tales are just ‘tips’ on how to live your life but the Bible is an instruction manual. The Bible and other Holy Books preach good morals but there is very evidently a risk of misinterpretation and it also causes a divide between people of different opinions.

          There is perfectly rational reasoning behind the search for extra-terrestrial life. Life on Earth has evolved from a chance creation of a cell from primordial soup, so it is not beyond the imagination of scientists to believe they could exist on planets similar to Earth. However, no rational scientist will tell you they know for certain there is life out there – That is why the SETI continues with all sorts of radio telescopes and orbiting telescopes. There is no widespread physical search for a deity that I know of – he is (conveniently) outside of our own plane of existence, as a priest explained to me once.

          I for one do not claim it is impossible for life to have been created – you are describing the more militant branch of atheism. However, there is no proof that God exists as of yet, but enough evidence for what most rational people believe in to be true or at least probable. I think religion tries to fit the evidence to the theory, and science changes the theory to the evidence. You can tell me which one is more logical.

        • Flippant

          captain carrot your an idiot
          Cry some more please

        • Well….

          I do agree with some of your post but I’m gonna throw in my $0.02

          1. people didn’t magically form from something.
          2. Darwinian evolution is pretty rock solid, and there’s no “morphing”. Small changes take root over millions of years, but you probably think the earth is 5,000 years old.
          3. the guy ripped on christianity, no idea where your third text block came from.
          4. Accepting Jesus Christ as your savior in these days is literally accerpting what others tell you.
          5. I agree with your 4th and 5th text blocks because about us ruing the world, the teachings of the bible, and so on, but the Catholic church hasn’t exactly pushed us in the right direction.
          6. The Alien/god thing came from nowhere.
          7. Yes you’ve certainly said enough although you should have left it at A$$clown

        • One word: “Decaf”

      • Stacey

        So, how do you feel when someone you love dies? You won’t ever see them again. They aren’t in a better place because their consciousness doesn’t exist anymore. It would suck to be an atheist in some cases. At least when someone dies, I know that I will see them again one day and that they aren’t in pain anymore. People like you try to take that feeling away from us because you don’t know what its like. Atheism and Christianity will exist until the end of time. Even if we are wrong (not saying religion will be) what do we have to lose? You have a lot more to lose if you are wrong.

        • rhcp_forever

          reincarnation.

        • manpat96

          personally, i am at peace with the idea of rotting in the ground.
          or more likely, being incinerated.

        • Mikayla

          I can’t stand this “you have a lot more to lose if you are wrong” argument. You can’t form facts out of fear. Believe if you want, but please don’t ever use this ridiculous logical fallacy as your argument again. Religion is about faith, not what you can prove. It is the faith that helps people in life and even if there is no God, for some, faith is enough.

          But believing because you’re afraid of the consequences of not believing? Well… I like to think people are better than that. I’m not religious in the slightest, but I understand it’s comfort for some. If you believe, believe proudly and don’t offer evidence to support your choice. God (or the idea of God) was never meant to be evidence-based.

          And I’m pretty sure that “believing just in case” doesn’t count when it comes to being judged at the pearly white gates. So please, stop touting it as a reason others should follow your beliefs.

      • Zoltan Fibonacci

        Exactly. “Supernatural” by definition means abnormal. If invisible spirits were normal, they would not be supernatural.

        Scientists look for answers in nature (not super-nature). The “faithful” base their faith on the premise, “If I can’t explain it, that proves there must be a god(s).” LOL

        Those who admit to believing in supernatural beings, such as angels, devils, gods, ghosts, gollums and ghouls, should be quarantined, to protect the rest of us. LOL
         

    • kk

      because there gay

    • Worldend2012

      im surprised Islam isn’t on the list. It is by far the most ridiculous religion/cult out there

      • Summer

        Muslims did not do anything 9/11 there called terrrist anyone could be one it’s not just muslims. there are a bunch of muslims in the world and there not all terrists so

        please get your facts straight also it was Al Queda not muslims in general.

      • Sarah

        you are very naive Islam is the onli religion that has not changed since its inception unlike christianity which has about 100 different verisons of the bible each sayin something different.

      • krex

        and exactly what would you know about islam?

  • Karl

    These religions may sound weird (which I think they are all are) but we must accept them. At least they believe in some sort of spiritual being. Unlike atheists.

    • John

      Are u retarded? These freaks of religion could kill people, like Christians did to woman in the middle ages, or like Muslims did in 9/11, wake the fuck up!

      • Malik Rashid

        u wrong dear, muslims did nothings on 9/11 but israelis. try to watch bbc’s documentary about the incident of 9/11, then it’ll clear to you, how they cheat the whole world for their benefits.

      • lentil mystery

        I think that you need some lentils

      • Jesus Freak

        are YOU retarded?? You obviously don’t know a thing about true Christianity, which is one of the only “religions” (if you can even call it that) that actually views women as equal to men. The claim is often made that the Bible is sexist and that Christianity demeans women and makes them into second class citizens. While I do agree that sexism exists in Christian churches and that portions of scripture have been used to perpetuate sexism (wrongly), the Bible does not condone discrimination in any manner. Deborah was both a judge and leader of Israel. Other women were involved in ridding Israel of her enemies. Quite a number of women are described as being prophetesses. Other women in the Bible were involved in teaching the Word of God or serving as deaconesses in the early Christian church. Now tell me, what have us “Christian freaks” done to women as part of our “religion”? Remember, there is a difference between us and the Catholics, which was the dominant religion during the middle ages (not necessarily saying that they mistreat women). sorry if i sounded kinda crude at the beginning… but it’s seriously a pet peeve of mine. God bless, bro

        • chadwick

          Clearly you are not going to be swayed however christanity is the most ruthless and bloodthirsty religion to date. Spanish incuassition anyone. Or burning “witches”. Also the bible is a collection of short stories that the church looked at and decided which ones they wanted to keep and which ones wouldn’t fit their ideas.

          • Joe

            Wanna learn how to spell? It’s inquisition…

      • bwomp

        It was Al Queda not the general muslim faith you ignorant retard.

    • Magnumto

      No we don't have to accept them! And your statement "At least they believe in some sort of spiritual being. Unlike atheists": if I believed in the Easter Bunny or the Great Pumpkin, I'd be better than an atheist? Karl, tell us which of these religions you bleong to. Tell the truth, it's one of them, I know it. Do you belong to The Church Of All Worlds? I'll bet you do…

      • James

        and 70% of our philosophers

    • Heather

      Hey don’t knock atheists we account for most of your scientists.

    • Your Mother

      Yeah, because the man who began Nuwaubianism went far in life and was such a wholesome man. People like you just want to tear the world down and keep the population ignorant.

  • M Mac

    There are obviously some sick and disturbed people out there.

    • niesha

      yes ik right

    • homo

      you spin me right round baby right round like a record baby right round right round
      oh and like up http://www.goatse.cx.com

  • Iain

    Nuwaubianism will cause a lot of second takes in the UK. Dwight Yorke is is best known over here as a playboy soccer player, most famous for fathering a child with glamour model Jordan/Katey Price.

    • Yank

      Unfortunately that Dwight York was of the American variety – Batshyte crazy.

  • gersgraeme

    in the 2001 centus in the UK a new religion was discovered.

    More than 10,000 people put down there religion as Jedi and this had to be anounced as an offical language. A guy who i drink with, looks an ok guy is a Jedi,

    I found this on wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jedi_census_phenomenon ) for the English and Welsh.

    * Christian: 72.0%

    * No religion: 14.7%

    * Chose not to respond: 7.8%

    * Muslim: 3.1%

    * Hindu: 1.1%

    * Jedi: 0.79% 390,127 people

    Scottish police have to be the best in the world.

    In April 2009 it emerged that eight police officers serving with Scotland's largest police force in Strathclyde listed their official religion as Jedi in voluntary diversity forms. The details were obtained in a Freedom of Information request by Jane's Police Review.

    Mon the Jedi's

    • Your Mother

      Makes me proud to be Scottish.

  • That Guy From Pennsy

    I'm surprised there isn't a "Church of Obama". A little more than half the voters (alive, dead, and completely fictional)thought he as the "Messiah".

    • Yank

      I’m going to start the Church of Dubb’ya Bush. Yeehawh.

  • Waak Hond

    And what about the Islam ? I think that that is pretty wierd aswel. I mean ; worshipping a warmongering pedofile is strange in my opinion.

    • Dawood Yusuf Omane

      Muslims do not worship Muhammad (PBUH). It is Christians that worship Jesus Christ the son of Mary (PBUH). Muslims regard both Muhammad and Jesus (Peace Be Upon Them Both) as Servants and Messengers of Allah (God Almighty). I will not comment on your other prophanities but pray that Allah should guide you aright.

      • jammy927

        An educated, rational and merciful religious person – if only all religious people were like you…

    • annie

      Christians worship a human with supernatural powers or someone who brought a life guidline manual with him, hindus are insane they worship statues they consider sacred and they even worship animals such as cow or snake. but no! muslims are wierd because of a bunch of mentally sick talibans! these people are sick! they are taking our religion in a wrong way every single word of it! who would you go for help when every other human being refuses to! u’ll sit there and pray to god! how do yo define god? someone in the sky answering ur prayers or do you even believe in god? how do you think this universe and us human beings were created we have no answer to that and we assume something supernatural created us! do us all a favour! don’t blame muslims for our beliefs as long as you believe in god! god isn’t warmongering , he is loving….. just keep some space in your heart for god!

  • j reb

    Some of these "religions" may seem weird, but no weirder than believing in an imaginary friend in the sky that grants wishes. I'm surprised Jehovah's Witnesses escaped the wrath of this list, they're pretty messed, what with allowing their family members to die horribly instead of giving them blood transfusions. But anyone that revolves their life around a book of myths written 2000 years ago by a bunch of men really deserves to be thought of as a not using critical thinking skills.

    • Daniel

      You know there are substitutes to blood transfusion, just because you don’t have one doesn’t mean you’ll die.

    • Casey

      They are supposed to be weird to the rest of the religious world. There are facts that support the life of Jesus, his teachings and his diciples. You are just want to keep believing that practically 83% of the world population is stupid and that you are the person who is right. That’s fine with me in the end though.

      • Thomas

        Stacey, if the fire in hell scares you in some way, always remember that fire requires atoms and electrons. Also, if your religion is not true, you should be the most angry person being coerced into believing off of fear from an evil god who forces his ‘creation’ to love him.

      • manpat96

        you’d think that if jesus was such a great man, that at least SOME educated man would have written of him… they haven’t

        • Christ

          Actually they have, just search around the net and you’ll find them.

  • mari

    there are strange religion out there.

    • niesha

      ughhh yah and the last one is CRAZY!!!!!!

  • cm

    Rastafari?

  • atlaseternal

    To be fair almost any religion can be made to sound weird or crazy.

    • Lakonislate

      I agree with almost every word you said.

      (If you remove the "almost", then so will I)

  • Ginny

    One has to wonder how many people actually believe the philosophies of these religions. Most of the theories are just so out there!

  • Jester

    No Discordianism, eh? Excellent. Our plans continue to unfold perfectly.

  • Karl

    Oh, I forgot. All of those religions in that list except for that parody religion (you should NEVER parody or satire religion if you want to get respect)& scientology.

    • jed

      kallisti

  • max

    1ohooohaaahaha…wat utter non sense..ansolute non sense…including scientology..Xeno…wahahaha

  • atlaseternal

    @7 and what, you can not except someone , who wishes to believe in nothing? to each there own, as crazy as your views are as long as you do not hurt other or oppress others.

  • Eris

    How about Discordianism??? I feel ofended in my religious sensibility by your ommiting of my religious heritage!

    • jed

      remember, a discordian is forbidden to believe anything e reads. Of course this is all a lie.

  • Milos

    @11 i completely agree. people like karl up there thinks we’re bad and unethical if we dont believe in a god of any kind. religious people are far more critical about us then we are about them. Us being the atheists.

  • atlaseternal

    @ 13 thanks. i am not an atheists, i am an agnostic. i seemly try to find truth ,without hating on other people.

  • loop

    In the final analysis, are any of these all that different from the “accepted” religious dogmas in the world?

  • Eire

    I dont think these people believe in the ideas put forth in these so called religions. They simply believe in the group. Cults target vunerable people, who long for acceptance regardless of what bullshit they are offering.

  • loop

    P.S., “Santoria” should be in here somewhere.

  • Maximuz04

    There is one absurd one, which calls for you to ignore everything else you know about science and the universe and just accept that there is this magical being who can do anything and created everything.

    • Yes Man

      thats clever

  • apepper

    ISTR a religion that worshipped the Partridge Family which outstranged the Jedi religion.

  • Ninja_Wallaby

    Great list. Religion is a fav subject of mine and I had not heard of some of these.

  • Don

    What is any religion? IMHO, it’s merely humans claiming to speak for God (or whoever you choose to believe in) and being their representatives on earth, which right out of the gate causes me to view any of them with a heavy dose of scepticism. While I believe in a higher power, I don’t think organized religion has much to offer anyone in this day and age other than being a great way to relieve people of their money.

  • archiealt

    Are there any other people here from England, or Trinidad and Tobago for that matter, who laughed at number one, before reading on and realising that it’s not that Dwight Yorke?

  • Iain

    archiealt – Yes

  • Let’s join them all!

  • Sam

    isn’t Dwight Yorke a footballer?

    • They're referring to Dwight York. No E at the end…

  • svenbrick

    Well, in respects to the corresponding religions;
    Xenu is legit. Thetans possess the vessel, and we are all one in the soul of the world.
    Universe people have the right idea with dimensional ascension.
    &Nikola Tesla IS from Venus.
    Heard Jesus was alive and well on Venus too. Popular place that is nowadays. Great real estate I presume.

  • alexman

    lol- some very powerful drugs had to be involved in the creation of number 1

  • Jobrag

    Why isn’t the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster on this list.
    Jobrag

    • Santos

      Thats the atheists "God". just as good as any other out there.

      • the atheists “god”? what are you talking about Santos? Firstly, atheists don’t have a god. If they did, they wouldn’t be atheists. Secondly, we’re talking about pastafarians, not atheists.

    • jed

      Because that is a perfectly rational religion. There is nothing weird about the pastafarians. RAmen.

    • also the church of last Thursday, church of Google, and church of Spongebob.

  • reggie5N

    I liked this list.

    And Jobrag (29), Pastafarianism is more of a movement against religion than a religion on its own.

  • mowi

    all religions are weird, goofy and “stupid”. period.

  • robfl

    hey! you didn’t rag on Mormons this time.

    c’mon Jfrater, dont tell me you’re getting soft on us.

  • Mathi

    So the son of Satan himself is currently living here in Belgium? I should go check him out and buy him a beer.

  • Ziggy1876

    Where in Belgium does the Nuwaubianism’s son live? I am from Belgium and maybe he is my neighnour?
    grtz

  • Derek

    I thought no.2 was a joke.. right? If that’s true, then it isn’t really a religion but satire.

  • deepthinker

    Neat list!

    @Maximuz04 (18)- too bad sarcasm can’t be your religion.

  • stunty

    As for no.5: It’s not just “a fleet of spaceships”, it’s 10 million motherships! That’s awesome.

  • Kibey

    Is that a psilocybin mushroom in picture number five?

  • Razor11000

    LOL “Nikola Tesla came from the planet Venus.” What does a Serbian scientist have to do with their cult?

  • nuriko

    freak!

  • bleumoonselene

    I like Nuwaubian beliefs 4 and 5.

    I don’t believe in them as religion but it’s nice to think ladies came first and we all have 7 clones.

    I just wish they weren’t so far away. I could get them to do the chores whilst I relax!

    I was surprised to see Ravenheart. I saw him once in a newsletter. I think. Away I quite enjoyed this list. Thank you.

  • bleumoonselene

    @robfl (33): You consider Mormon religion weird? Wow…I never thought of it being weird. I guess it depends on how you look at it.

    • bwomp

      Hah. Learn what they believe. The Mormon faith is super strange.

  • D-funk

    #35 Dwight York is currently incarcerated for more that 400 years due to the largest child sex trafficing case in US history. he was kidnapping kids in new york and smuggling them to georga for his followers to defile.

    he is loony tunes- he has videos on youtube changing into a ‘werewolf’ and other crazy ass things and wrote his own profile on wikipedia-

  • BKDrummer7

    @31 (gersgraeme): That’s hilarious! =D

  • Skrillah

    If you wanna feel like a genius who has conquered the psychological and the physical universe, go ahead.. make a silly comment…

    Enjoyed the list.

  • oouchan

    Wow. I though scientology was weird but the others take the cake. However, I do like number 6.
    Thankfully, I am a follower of the Shinto religion so I’m ok with stuff like this. :)

    @Jobrag (29): That one of my favorite religions! Makes me giggle thinking of the noodly appendage. :)

  • gh0st

    These “weird” religons are just as valid as any other reglion.

  • Jobrag

    reggie5N F$%& me, you mean all the prayers that I’ve been saying over my macaroni haven’t been heard and the golden age of lasagne trees is not upon us.
    Heartbroken Jobrag

  • timmar68

    Chris Korda (holding the sign in #2) should practice what she preaches.

  • someone else

    All religions are “weird”. Some are worst than others.

  • Kevin Spencer

    You should search some info about “Happy Science”, i think it deserves a place in your list.

  • General-Jake

    Wow freaks. I thought the jehovah witnessess were frekin loco. I wish i invented scientology id be bankin.

  • Freshies

    I wanted to see the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. May he touch your noddely appendage.
    -Ramen

  • Anders E.

    Just to demonstrate that you can’t please everyone, I’m going to ask: where’s Raëlism?

  • dannyboy

    Man these are all really WEIRD religions. You forgot about a good one though…

    I forgot what its called, but so supposedly this dude was hanging out and got bored so he decided to make up our entire planet in a week and put all the animals and people there to live. And then a bunch of shit happened, people got pissed at eachother, so this dude said “screw you guys” and flooded the earth killing damn near everything.

    Then a while later he got a virgin pregnant, who had a son. so now the son of this guy is walking around, telling people how awesome his dad is and doing miracles, and people are like “wtf” so they nail him to a wooden T, stab him a few times and throw him in a sealed cave.

    But don’t worry, luckily he turned into a zombie 3 days later. Fortunately, these beings came down from an imaginary place in the sky and said “come on zombie man, lets get out of here, its cool though, cause next time you come back here, you can have your fun”.

    any religion sounds ridiculous to people who don’t believe in it.

  • SallySweet

    Not surprised to not see the Flying Spaghetti Monster, since it’s become so popular.

    I love the slogan “Eat a queer fetus for Jesus” and will try to work that into a conversation today. I’m also going to double check the toilet every time I use it no for fear that angry aborted fetuses are going to escape through my toilet and take over the world….

  • ashraf64

    Hey man,

    Been a long time reader of your site but never got round to registering to comment. But here I am.

    Just wana say you doing a wicked job on this. Also loving the new site, crazy stuff eh?!

  • tripsyman

    The First Church of Jesus Christ, Elvis always makes me chuckle. Website is here

    http://jubal.westnet.com/hyperdiscordia/sacred_heart_elvis.html

    lol

  • Jono

    I hope this list helps people to realize that religion is pretty ridiculous most of the time. Actually, there’s never a time when it’s not ridiculous.

    The only defense to such an argument would be that religion promotes proper morals and good behaviour. True, but so does promoting proper morals and good behaviour WITHOUT heinous lies of some omnipotent voyeur, who we have to thank for everything.

    It’s only a pipe dream to hope that one day people will wise up. It’s human nature to be unique AND identify with a group. All it takes is one catalyst crazy to start a new group. Then the people who want to be in on the cutting edge of fringe groups (pun woo!), flock in.

    Although there could be a supreme being, without ANY evidence, why bother believing? If I choose to disbelieve, will my life be full of misfortune? No, it won’t.
    Similarly, if I bought shark repellant, and sprayed it on me, everyday before I go to work, does that mean it’s working? According to your religious logic, it MUST be the reason no Zambezi shark has come tearing up through the storm drain to rip me to shreds. Q.E.D.

  • Nightfire

    You’re missing the Church of Pie

  • Joe13

    Dannyboy, you said it better than I ever could, so I’m not even going to try.

  • archangel

    Sing me up for the wizarding school! =P

  • Renee Pussman

    Where is that goofy ass Mormon Church?

  • Madhouse

    Jehovah’s Witnesses needs 2 b on the list. I was trapped in that cult 4 over 27 years till 1 day I woke up & left

  • John

    I was an sound editor and worked in an office on Hollywood Blvd in Hollywood. I was told that the Church of Scientology owned about half of the property west of the freeway. My friend repairs certain equipment we use for sound editing and has been in one of their buildings to repair their equipment. He said it was creepy because they all wore uniforms, eveyone seemed sedated and he noticed only one phone in the whole place.

  • Ahab the Arab

    You are too “politically correct” not to place ISLAM at the top of this list! Perhaps, that is because it is the only religion with a political agenda as a major component of its ideology. Its goal of world domination is more than weird, it’s scary! Beware of political Islam!

  • samanthaf63

    I had heard from a guy who claimed to be L. Ron Hubbard’s nephew that Scientology was founded by a bet – L. Ron Hubbard bet a friend he could start up a bogus religion and people would buy into it.

    It does explain a lot about Scientology, doesn’t it?

  • undaunted warrior

    Eve

    Learned something today – everyone to his own I suppose

  • @70: Fuck you.

  • Mike B

    Obligatory objection: Scientology is not a cult. Scientology is a business, and a damned successful one. Yes, some of the employees are loony, spending fortunes in the pursuit of spiritual fulfillment via human intervention, and encouraging others to do the same. But the same could be said of professional football, another wildly successful business. The only people that call it a cult are the ones who believe in some other equally ludicrous spiritual system.

  • meatyboy

    I was raised Mormon and I can assure you that it definitely belongs in this category…some very strange beliefs that mainstream America is not aware of

  • Hodari

    I’ve actually invented a religion, that only i use. And i ctually just invented its name: “Sitting on the toilet-regilion”. Thats because most of my theorys on my religion were invented while sitting on the toilet. Well, this is absolute atheistic religion, annoucing, that there is no upper things than humans, not even evolution. Evolution comes automatically, its not chosen. Its just, that stupid animals die, and good ones live. My religion is based on great wisdom, including the meaning of life, and all the answers of “whats wrong with teenagers?” talk. What i think about life after death? Reborn. Otherwise, it would be just darkness and no feelings time, or matter after death. One thing here is, that I am the only person in the world to actually live, others just look like they live. That was actually invented too long time ago, to make sense, but…. yeah. Sitting in the toilet – religion also believes in other universes, hypnosis, and psycics.

  • benjybear

    Long time reader, first time commenter:

    A great list, I only knew about Scientology. I’d also heard of the Church of Euthenasia, but I honestly thought it was a joke.

  • GTT

    Wow… Religion really brings out the haters, doesnt it? You get Karl up in #7 dishing on the atheists and then you get a whole bunch of atheists saying that all religious people “deserve to be thought of as a not using critical thinking skills.”

    Woo hoo! Way to make a really, really original comment! I dont know how anybody could have gotten though the day without this being repeated ad nauseum!

    I wonder if it´s possible to have a rational argument without people falling back on name-calling or Bible quoting?

    No, not all religious people are close-minded Bible thumpers, and yes, we have a firm grasp on logic and critical thinking. You are not, by the sole definition of being an atheist, either smarter or more enlightened. Get off your high horse and actually engage someone in an intelligent discussion. You might be surprised.

  • aprilweather

    Well you’ve gone and done it now–As I write this Tom Cruise is praying to L. Ron Hubbard to shut this website
    down.

  • GTT

    Correction: the word in the first sentence should be DISSING not dishing… Sorry.

  • robfl

    @bleumoonselene (44):

    my comment was a tongue in cheek shot at Jfrater.

    i have no quarrel with the mormon religion. i’m sure they are just as normal/weird as any other religion.

  • Rising Falls

    @Karl (7): So you would rather have a bunch of white supremacists and black supremacists than atheists? If you are black you would still be proud to know the white supremacist religion above? Or the black supremacist group if you are white?

    Religion should be nothing more than moral guidance with your realization that stories of cattle giving birth to striped young because they saw striped sticks, are untrue. https://listverse.com/2008/01/31/top-10-bizarre-biblical-tales/ Number 1 is your striped cattle.

  • Mike

    Where’s the flying spaghetti monster?

  • The Mormon religion should be number 1
    for obvious reason.

  • mom424

    @Karl (7): We must accept them? at least they believe? Bullshit. You’d rather accept racism based religion than atheism? Somehow that is better than having none?

    I don’t accept religion that is based on hate or preys on folks; Islam when it’s used as a political force, fundementalist Christians that deny truth and spread intolerance, Scientology that robs people of their money and sometimes their life, Jehova Witnesses that practice ostracism and female acquiescence (not even mentioning the transfusion fiasco). Sorry but there are tons of religions that shouldn’t be accepted – in fact should be actively protested against.

    I’ll take my chances with the atheists.

  • sof

    Church of the Fonz.
    In the name of The Father, The Son and The Holy Fonz.

  • Carole

    First I would like to apologize for some of my past cranky comments. I do enjoy the lists, even if I think some of them are pointless

    All religions are weird. Not that science is any less weird
    and no better at explaining the world than religion.

  • get a clue

    You left out that cannibalistic religion, Catholicism. You know, where they eat Jesus’s flesh and drink his blood at least once a week.
    You left out that incestual, child-sex religion, Mormonism (LDS). You know, the one that until it became politically expedient to stop marrying relatives and children to produce little chruch members did so on a regular basis.
    You also left out a religion with similar sex practices, the Amish. Check these sites if you doubt me: http://www.legalaffairs.org/issues/January-February-2005/feature_labi_janfeb05.msp and http://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=316371&page=1.
    I could keep going, but perhaps you get my point. All organized religion is weird. All.

  • Bobby

    Yeh, that whole “white army” thing was a huge mistake!

  • Me

    The Church of Euthanasia actually has some good points.

  • DM

    Where’s Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism? Let’s face it, they’re ALL pretty friggin’ weird.

  • aprilweather

    Actually the “white army” was a force in Russia after the overthrow of the Czar..

  • NatashaLynn

    “Eat a Queer Fetus for Jesus”?
    I am so disturbed right now…

  • appie

    well, anyone can choose any religion..
    others doesn’t have any at all.

    God never said “my son, this should be your religion”..or “people this is a better one”,.we people make our own and choose our ow,.
    there is no right or wrong..

    People of the past created religion in order to explain the existence of a thing..,
    and also to have something to hold on to when things go wrong..
    something to make them feel better in times of trouble.
    Man created God themselves..
    and they believe that we are all creations of God.,

    Now, why do people created religion such as these mentioned on the list?

  • appie

    Now, why did people create religion such as these mentioned on the list?

  • Malik

    I’d just like to ask what justification you have for stating the religion of the Qadianis (Ahmadi’s as we prefer to be called, tyvm) as a cult? As far as I can tell, the term cult is not something you can throw around willy nilly and does indeed have a strict definition. If you could justify calling my faith a cult then please do so, otherwise please revise that sentence.

    Kind of ironic since you didn’t call scientology a cult (which it obviously is), yet chose to call Ahmadiyyat a cult.

  • Daemon

    The child was raised by former U.S. president Richard Nixon and now lives in Belgium, where it is hooked up bodily to a computer called “The Beast 3M” or “3666.”

    HOLY SHIT That’s where I live! FLEE!

  • Lord Nick

    hmm…Nuwaubianism? now that is either the crazy rantings of a homeless, crack addicted meth-head…or the ONE correct religion!! I think i’ll join, their beliefs make sense, satan usin afterbirths to make clones, aborted fetuses(i think that’s wrong, i’ve never had to pluralize it before) livin in sewers an takin over the world…yup…that seems right to me…

  • Hank

    good comment danny. good list jfrater. Does anyone know about the religion Devo practices? or used to practice? or used to make fun of by acting like they practiced it by wearing the upside down flower pot hats?

  • someone else

    You know what’s weird, people trying to pass their religion on to others by going door to door asking if they found Jesus. “The Avon religions.” They sit down next to me when in a park or cafeteria saying they found jesus and its the best thing that happened to them. They then ask do you want to join my church and find Jesus?

    Talk about a cult. Leave us alone!!

  • M Mac

    After some of the comments here I do despair. I am a Wee Free, Free Church of Scotland to make matters clear.

    I believe.

    My own choice.

    When I read about someone who believes in science fiction or bows down to worship huge lumpy beetroots at 5am it does my admittedly feeble brain in.

    All to their own form of dementia I guess.

  • ponso pilato

    rastafarianism for me is not a religion but a political movement.

  • ponso pilato

    jfrater your a gift to willing minds
    can u please wrap urself sir? LOL

  • Cazzazz

    ‘Eat a queer fetus for Jesus’

    My new favourite t-shirt slogan.

    Being from the UK though I have to ask, is Scientology technically a ‘religion’ in the USA? I understand that over here it is definitely in the ‘cult’ category of batshit-craziness. I gottta say to, they are some pretty scary people……

    Nice list ;)

  • Xenu

    You can kiss my alien ass!!!

  • Victoria

    People are commenting that the philosophies of these religions are absurd or strange, however, we dont pause to think that such a common religion such as Christianity, claims that a virgin was impregnated by a holy spirit, and that a talking snake offered fruit to two lonely individuals in leaf skirts…

    Oh well, bias is bias. Have a great day! :)

  • Frushka

    The Cult of Mormon should be on this list.

  • Billyshears

    Isn’t this list a bit biased?
    Just cause the majority believes in something doesn’t make it any less weirder.

  • wannes

    always knew there was something wrong in belgium =)

  • squenis

    This list makes the assumption that some religions are not extremely weird. I disagree with that .

  • MacDimples

    #4 good point, that might be a fun list. Summarising major world religions in a way that makes them sound a bit silly. Probably easily done.

    CoE is a very interesting and funny group. Sounds less like a religion and more like political satire in action.

  • archiealt

    @Victoria (106): @Billyshears (108):

    Two very fair points.

    ‘Sanity is not statistical.’

  • kennypo65

    Is that a bong in picture #6?

  • photographymc

    wow, extremely wacky! I loved the Church of Euthanasia though, very funny ;-)

  • ChevalierDupin

    Very interesting list. I would recommend to anyone who has any interest in conspiracy theories and occult/cult religions and namely their effects on society and history to read Umberto Eco’s novel “Focault’s Pendulum” or “Il pendolo di Focault” in the native Italian. It has been described as the “Thinking-man’s ‘DaVinci Code'” and is certainly much more interesting than the Dan Browne novel and yet touches on several similar subjects. I would also recommend to anyone reading this book to keep Wikipedia or an Encyclopedia handy to have a better understanding of the various cults, religions, historical persons, events and organizations that form the fabric of Eco’s masterpiece.

  • “As a man thinketh so is He…” roughly translated means the power of belief creates. Whether these religions sound nutty or sane, they’re all about the power of belief, and for that matter so is Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism. et al. Go figure.

  • Sanja22

    “7. Nikola Tesla came from the planet Venus”

    I died laughing when i read this!

  • Some Guy

    What about atheism? They have no shortage of priests or prayer books, and they share a common belief. As for weirdness, they believe that things that can’t be seen don’t exist, worshipping nothingness and nonexistence. They don’t believe in any messiah, yet worship Charles Darwin, who’s theory is constantly disproven with the very same science they cherish like the Jedi do unto the Force. Given their origin of life, a single cell emerging from primordial soup, we can expect supercomputers to rise from junkyards in a few million years. And the big bang? In a world where nothing can be infinate, how can the mass of one object be? And how can it take up no space at all?

    Don’t tell me to trade in my bible for a science book if you’ve read niether.

  • Marv in DC

    @Some Guy
    Don’t tell me to trade in my bible for a science book if you’ve read niether

    Can I do it if I read both?

  • Marv in DC

    Sorry, meant to say “if I’ve read both?”

  • Some Guy

    Marv,
    That was a metaphor. My point is that science doesn’t support common atheistic beliefs any more than any given religion.

  • someone else

    @Some Guy (118): First of all atheists do not worship nothing. There is no worship. You can’t worship non existence. Atheists don’t worship Darwin either. You know someone who has a shrine of Darwin and pray to him? Asking him for forgiveness? I thought not?

    Evolution is a proven fact in many aspects. Yeah, we don’t know where humans came from or how or where the universe was created, YET. There are holes in the theory of evolution (not as many as the bible). Look how much we have discovered in the last 1000 years, especially the last 100 years with the advance of technology. Imagine how much more we will discover about the earth and space in the next 100 years.

    The bible is full of fairy tales written by ‘humans’ thousands of years ago when they thought the earth was the center of the universe and everything was magical.

  • Marv in DC

    Some Guy
    That’s fine.

    I agree with you to some extent. I think hardcore atheists are just as ridiculous as hardcore people of faith. To be honest neither side does themselves any good with their ranting (and really that is what both sides are doing) but to state that Evolution is constantly being disproven by the very science that it relies on is patently false. You are right, there are things that evolution does not explain but to simply use God as the explanation for those things is simplistic.

  • plow22

    @ hank (99): Devo belived in concept of Devolution, in which man is retrogressing into a more primal state.

  • robfl

    wow, i was just joking about the whole mormon thing being on the list.

    you guys should take it easy. they might be weird but because of their weird lifestyles they’ll out live most of us.

  • Marv in DC

    Someone else
    See, you had me agreeing with you up until your last line. “The bible is full of fairy tales written by ‘humans’ thousands of years ago when they thought the earth was the center of the universe and everything was magical.”

    Proponents of either side of this debate don’t help themselves by simply saying that “I have all the facts, but the other side is completly deranged”

    Atheists bemoan the fact that seemingly intelligent people beleive in some spiritual thing in the sky and a guy who rose from the dead, while religous people can’t believe that atheists have so little faith in what is obviously the “word of God”. Personally I’ve never had a problem with A. believing in God and B. believing in the Theory of Evolution.

    • That’sHowIFeel

      EXACTLY!!!

  • Chipmunk

    Man, I could totally get in with the Church of All-Worlds. I gotta give props to a guy who’s name is simultaneously a Shakespearian faerie king, a tattooed kickboxer from a Final Fantasy game, and a gothic 15 year old Wiccan who’s parents “just don’t understand her”.

    Plus, Heinlein. That religion is probably just another vehicle for crazy space orgies.

  • someone else

    @Marv in DC (126): Maybe I should have stated that in a different way. I did not say science has all the answers and I admit there are holes. But within time I believe that science will answer many of those questions. I also believe the bible has less evidence for the existence of life. We shouldn’t attack each other’s opinions or beliefs but it seemed like Some Guy (not a bad name by the way) was attacking atheists or more specifically people who favor science over faith.

  • L

    @Some Guy (118):

    Lying is a sin and being ignorant makes Baby Jesus cry

  • Marv in DC

    Someone else,
    Totally agree with you. I’m just tired of each side saying “My opinion is totally right and any other opinion is completly wrong and has no merit”

    Just so you know I do believe in science over religon, but religion has its own merits as well.

  • L
  • Kay

    “2. Furthermore, some aborted fetuses survive their abortion to live in the sewers, where they are being gathered and organized to take over the world”

    “5. Women existed for many generations before they invented men through genetic manipulation”

    I liked those two :)

  • CAT

    I found my OWN religion. It all started when I found out who the REAL Jesus Christ is: Criss Angel. Think, he can walk on water and do the impossible. Criss=Christ. Angel=speaks for itself. And if YOU were Jesus reincarnated, wouldn’t you just screw with people’s heads by doing impossible magic tricks? That’s what I thought. And when people ask me if Houdini was God, I scoff and say “Don’t be stupid.” Then they ask WHO god is and I reply, “Morgan Freeman, obviously.” Then they tell the nice men in white lab coats to up the medication.

  • chris

    small point – you use the wod ‘founded’; a better word would be ‘invented’

    when will we all just grow up ?

  • Some Guy

    someone else,
    No worship? LMAO. I’ve met plenty of “Orthodox Darwinists” right here in Taxachusetts, atheist central. And I’ve spoken with many of them, and I’ll tell you, they believe Darwin has all the answers, and they have faith in him. Sounds like a messiah to me. And as for attacking other peoples opinions, tell that to the more fanatical atheists I deal with every day. I don’t have a problem with them wearing the Bad Religion logo or otherwise advertising themselves. It’s their choice and it doesn’t hurt anybody. But when they tell me to rewrite the pledge of alligence and and cut down the Christmas tree in the town center, rip the cross off the steeple or tell Santa to lose the red suit, that’s where I draw the line. I’m fine with people who prefer science to faith, again, it’s up to them. And as for the bible being “fairy tales”, it’s nothing short of mentally retarded to assume that there’s no evidence to back it up. Geologic evidence proves that the holy lands were once entirely flooded well within the time of civilization, so the story of Noah has some credit. As was mentioned in a recent list, several city ruins in the area have been found with charred ruins and traces of sulphur, assuring that either proto-Semitic peoples discovered gunpowder or the destruction could not have been manmade. Any of these could include Sodom and Gomorrah, as well as a few lesser-known cities which met a similar fate. I could go on and on, but I’m not writing a novel here. I say Marv was right, if we all just mind our own, there’s nothing wrong with believing in science AND religion.

  • AMK

    @GTT:

    “No, not all religious people are close-minded Bible thumpers, and yes, we have a firm grasp on logic and critical thinking.”

    I’m not laughing at the fact that the second portion of your statement is a complete contradiction… I’m laughing because your creationist face looks completely un-evolved.

  • Some Guy

    And CAT, Criss Angel is an illusionist, not a miracle worker. The elephant in the room just crapped of your head.

  • Some Guy

    I mean on. AMK, my logic and critical thinking indicates that you’re a tard.

  • AMK

    Some Guy.

    Thats all you’ll ever be.

  • GTT

    @Marv in DC (123):
    @someone else (128):

    Wow, so glad someone decided to keep to a rational argument! Nice to see you folks! Anyway, and though I know this will probably lead to no good, I´ll bite. I think that a great many Christians, who unfortunately are much less vocal than their fundamentalist counterparts, have no problem accepting both God and science. We do not necessarily believe in a literal creation story, we see it as a metaphor. For me, God created life but he did not necessarily do it in a sudden, rabbit-out-of-the-hat sort of way. He created evolution, and we are the result of that creation.

    We are not about using God to fill in the holes… We use science as a means of understanding and appreciating God. We were given our mental capabilities to question, to seek, to think and to discover.

    In my opinion, Bible-thumping, hell-condemning fundamentalists are just as bad as the high and mighty, arrogant atheists who think everyone else is 50 points below them on an IQ scale.

  • so…

    Why isn’t Christianity on this list?

  • Some Guy

    GTT, that’s exactly how I think. But I’ll be honest. Here are some actual, 100% honest quotes from conversations I’ve had with atheists:
    Um, hello, science?
    How can you believe it just ’cause the Pope said so?
    The Pope wrote the bible.
    At least I’m not forcing my beliefs on anyone.
    (We had never discussed religion before)

  • GTT

    @AMK (135):

    I dont know why I´m even responding to this, but just so you know, I do not believe in Creationism. I´m all for Evolution.

    So there, you see? When you assume things it just makes an ass of you and…. no just you.

  • AMK

    And the day has reached a new low.

  • someone else

    @Some Guy (134): I guess you know some assholes but don’t think that all atheists are like that. I just haven’t met any atheists like that or atheists who will push their opinion on to you. I have met and have a problem with people coming up to me in public places or even coming to my own front door asking me to join their church or asking me if I have found jesus.

    About cutting the christmas tree down and stuff like that. The people who complain the most about what goes on in schools and in different towns are mostly religious people. Most of them take everything as offensive. That’s just my experience.

    You see how our environment can have an effect on our attitudes and our beliefs.

  • Some Guy

    someone else
    If you’ve never met anyone like that, keep an eye peeled, and trust me, you will. I never said all atheists were like that though.

  • roflcopter

    cool story, bro

  • aprilweather

    Well,you left out one–The Oprah Winfreyists–This religion was founded by Dr.Phil.The basic belief of the Winfreyists is that after Oprah ascends into heaven to advise God,she will return with new cars for everyone.

  • roflcopter

    NO U!

  • Stevie C

    Ha! imagine finding out some random tribe in the middle of nowhere was worshipping you. That’d be hilarious! I’d go over and make them serve and worship me like a god

  • Garash

    On #3:

    There’s acutally a number of these religions in which a person is the god.

    Usually it’s in africa due to colonism and usually the person is dead, yet again to due to colonism (cause it was so long ago)

  • steve

    Not one of these seem any more obscure than Christianity.

  • Mr. Nice

    Some Christians actually believe that women are androids that were created by The Lord Jesus Christ to serve man…

  • Stevie C

    number 1 is nuts man! they should try and make some weird movie out of it. A Demon hooked up to a computer! WTF!!!
    Fantastic list BTW!

  • JimiBauer24

    Wheres Islam in all this? Their prophet is a mass murdering peidophile and the rules the Quran tells them tolive by are ridiculous. Bad Call on missing that one out.

  • archiealt

    @GTT (139):

    This particular point of view has always somewhat confused me. If you believe in God, and accept that the Bible is his word, surely all of it must be correct or none of it. I can’t imagine God would get much wrong. So when certain bits of the Good Book are proved to be wrong, people say they where only meant to be taken as metaphors. This begs the question, why would The Big Man, in his one publication to date, talk in metaphors? Why did he not mention the dinosaurs or the incredible age of the Earth?
    I would love to think that science and religion could walk hand in hand, and one could believe in both simultaneously, but i just can’t see how they could. I’m curious how a person like yourself, who is clearly a man of both the altar and laboratory, juggles these two things which, to me, seem constantly to be at loggerheads?

    @Some Guy (118):

    There is no worship in Atheism. Nobody worships Darwin, and we do not have priests or prayer books. Atheism is the word attributed to people who have no belief system. It’s not another belief system in itself. Thats like saying a man who does not play any sports is himself a sportsman in the field of not playing any sports. It really doesn’t make a lot of sense. I’m afraid a lot of what you’ve said so far is….well it’s just wrong.

  • L

    46, 155

    unsuccessful troll is unsuccessful, boring

  • oouchan

    @Stevie C (149): Ha! imagine finding out some random tribe in the middle of nowhere was worshipping you. That’d be hilarious! I’d go over and make them serve and worship me like a god

    Yeah…until they find out you’re not and eat you. :)

  • 14gotmyMANTRA

    I’m not gonna lie, number one is freakin weird. :P

  • Roger Random

    Don’t forget the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.. founded in 2005!!!!

  • GTT

    @archiealt (155):

    Well, first off, I´m not a man so much as a woman… ;)

    That said, I dont think you´re giving God much credit if you think he should have just written down everything as clear and consice as possible. Basically, it would have ended up being just a list of what to do and what not to do. Boring as all hell and not very inspired.

    The Bible (to me at least) is like poetry. You have to read it and see beyond the mere words to a deeper meaning. Now, I know I´m going to take a lot of heat from some people for this but I think the Bible was “inspired” by God. I dont think the Holy Spirit sat next to someone and whispered what to write word for word. It was NOT a dictation, it was inspiration. That said, I think the original writers might have phrased that inspiration the only way they understood it at the time.

    Evolution, for example, was not what you might call a widespread theory at the time. When inspired to write the creation story, these people might not have been able to see the big picture and interpreted what they saw/felt the best way they knew how. I think evolution is real. I believe God created that process and we are the result. I see the creation story as a metaphor and applying human concepts of time on an eternal being is ridiculous. Our concept of a “day” is probably not the same as His, I would think.

    To make a long post short: I see God in everything we discover with science, in the laws of physics, in the story of evolution, in the miniscule particles that make up everything in existance. Atheists, I guess, would consider all these things “random”… Me? Not so much.

  • Xenu

    Just to set the record straight, personally having known Scientologists, a “thetan” is actually yourself/your soul. The harmful ingrained memories that limit your potential are called “engrams”.

    The more you know.

  • aprilweather

    It amazes me how atheists like to wear it like a badge of honor-They don’t seem to be able to say it enough-As though someone is going to faint. I’M AN ATHEIST-I DON’T BELIEVE IN ANYTHING–BLAH,BLAH….A few years ago,when I heard someone say that,I would hand the person a quarter and say,”here,go call somebody who gives a shit”—

  • Alex Hart

    Where on earth is pastafarianism?

  • Blythe

    @aprilweather (163):
    Well in all fairness there are plenty of theist that do the same thing. I rarely bring up the fact that I’m an atheist in conversation, but I do think it’s normal to give your opinion on the subject that is being discussed. So if religion where to be brought up in a conversation with me then I would tell you that I think that the majority of theistic ideas are insane.

    @GTT (161):
    Thats a good point, I especially like the inspired idea of marriage in the bible
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFkeKKszXTw
    or the metaphors of bondmen and bondmaids meaning slaves
    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Leviticus+25:44-46&version=KJV
    or the kind metaphors for foreign policy
    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+20:10-14&version=TNIV

  • aprilweather

    @GTT-“Why did he not mention the dinosaurs”

    There is a quote in one of the books of the Old Testament that states to the effect,”In those days there were giants”. Since I was a child,I’ve took that to be talking about dinosaurs.And maybe it’s not but I still believe it is.Anyway you got me to thinking about it and I’m going to look it up.

    Mr. Nice-“Some Christians actually believe that women are androids that were created by The Lord Jesus Christ to serve man”…

    I’ve been a Christian for 68 years and that’s the most ridiculous statement I’ve ever heard.

  • Blythe

    @aprilweather (166):
    So all of that zombie Jesus stuff is just normal for you now?

  • Some Guy

    archiealt
    First of all, the bible was not written by God, the Pope or Jesus, I have met atheists who think we believe all of the above. Second of all, If the whole thing was perfect and straightforward, there would be even less reason not to believe, and so faith would be obsolete. Furthermore, dinosaurs really didn’t play much role in human history. If you were broadcasting a baseball game, would you stop in the middle to remind viewers that the players warmed up before the game? GTT said a lot of what I was going to say, so I’ll try to say what she didn’t. And yes, a sport of nonsporting could definately be a sport, it’s still a sport regardless of whether or not sports are played. My trusty dictionary defines worship as “adoration or devotion comparable to religious homage, shown toward a person or principle”. Given the fervor that can be found in Darwinism, that sounds like worship to me. I define atheism as denial of God’s exsistance. If I were to do that, I’d consider agnosticism.

    Alex Hart, Pastafarianism is a parody, similar to #4. Most all Pastafarians are retards who think they’re smart.

  • XxSmartz

    Super cool list [:
    I love the site update too. GJ!

  • Some Guy

    aprilweather
    I never tried that quarter thing, but rest assured, I will ;).

    Blythe,
    If there’s one thing about athiests that pisses me off, it’s that they so often question my beliefs without actually knowing what they are. Nobody said, or even hinted that Jesus was a reanimated corpse, what is meant by that story is that his soul joined God in Heaven.

  • aprilweather

    Blythe
    Actually Jesus is not normal for me “now”-(Whatever that means)–Jesus has been real for me all my life.Thru good times and bad times-(Really bad times)Thanks for asking.

  • Tin

    The number 1 entry deserved to be on the top spot. It’s so pathetic.

    I was quite surprised at the motivation which entry has. That’s scary indeed.

  • Davo

    Religon at the very least shows the rife gullibility of people on this planet. I’m glad all the people I know don’t believe in any religion and therefore are strongminded enough to live their own lives without having to ‘pray to’ or ‘thank’ imaginary beings.

  • aprilweather

    BLYTHE”I would tell you that I think that the majority of theistic ideas are insane”.

    Oh no!–I just went into shock,Blythe–Please,please tell me you’ll change your mind–Whatever will I do?This is awful–I’m shocked,shocked I tell you–

  • Mabel

    @archiealt (156): “I can’t imagine God would get much wrong.”

    Ask Him about the avocado. He made the pit too big. ;)

    (5 points to anyone who gets it!)

  • lookingforsomethingtofind

    Karl’s right, I mean at least I am not some dirty atheist. I have the power of the seventh Leprechaun in the toe of serenity. When he dances on my ear, he guides my actions, all solar winds be his might. Imagine if I used my own mind and reason to think instead of listening to the great tiny green one.

  • Struth

    @Mabel (175): Was that a reference to George Burns in “Oh God” or have I just made complete goose of myself?

  • Gabriel

    7. Nikola Tesla came from the planet Venus

    I lol’d so hard when i read this.

  • swampsnake

    i founded a church once. the church of the cosmic chicken. ok i was in high school and maybe not really in my right mind at the time but it made alot of since at the time. while my three chem lab partners may nolonger be followers. i still have some beliefs in this small faith.

  • Mon

    “some aborted fetuses survive their abortion to live in the sewers, where they are being gathered and organized to take over the world”

    LOL

  • bo0ts

    thanks for the giggles, crazy people, you made my day :D

  • oouchan

    @Mabel (175): Didn’t Jfrater bring that up in the Mysteries of the Bible list? Just asking. :)

  • I am just amazed at how many ways people will twist and manipulate faith just so they don’t have to believe in anything that might actually be real…

  • arkz

    yay church of euthanasia…. call me a horrible person but im all for them… the the church of subgenius is also one i give the thumbs up for

  • Diplo

    What about christianity?

    It believs the world was created in 6 days, in talking snakes, genocidal gods, that a worldwide flood happened and that all animals happened to live within walking distance from Noah’s house (among other things).

    It also thinks that a god who know everything punishes people for the things he already knew they were going to do. And that if we don’t follow his teachings to the letter there is a place full of fire, pain and death where he’ll send us for all eternity, BUT he loves us…

    That’s weird by any standard.

  • dempster

    You forgot Republicans.

  • anon

    I always thought Catholicism (and Christianity in general) was an extremely weird religion.

    I guess all religions are weird.

  • SnowKid32

    As usual, the massive force of extremely IGNORANT aggressive atheists whose bigotry causes them to dis-acknowledge basic moral respect and so on, came to ruin this list as with any other list that has the word religion in the title. Good lord, atheists can be some of the most ANNOYING people. I have theistic views, you have contradicting ones. Go fly a kite, I couldn’t care less; but at the very minimum respect what others believe.

    Comments #187, #185, #176, #173, #155 and so on and so forth.

  • rocknopera

    Well put, Snowkid32…

  • knox

    (188) I hear more bitching, annoying, ignorant religious people than i do atheists. if you dont care then you can go fly a kite and quit wasting space on here. btw i am not an atheist.

  • Jono

    The fundamental difference between science and religion, is the leap of faith.

    In science, nothing exists until it can be proven to exist*. This method is thorough and requires steps to reach the final conclusion. Phenomena need to be reproducible and/or observable in a controlled environment. The data needs to be irrefutable. If we look at ghosts for example, finding some differing EM fields does not conclusively prove anything, if all the foreign fields could be mitigated and explained, and there still were differing readings, then there is some phemomenon at hand. This still does not mean there are ghosts, until the cause is established. If no cause is established, the farthest science can take you is an empirical prediction, which will hopefully lead to an explanation at a later date (as was the case with the Balmer formula and the Bohr model). The only thing that isn’t infallible with this method is the actual explanation of the phenomenon. Science can often predict the results, but as to why they arise, that’s where the hypotheses come in and they are the parts that need to be tested heavily.

    In religion, often there is a “this is true, just trust me, I’m a book”. There is no proof of God, end of story. The corollary of this is “Absence is not proof of non-existence”. Which means that an atheist (by the definition of the term) believes something science cannot prove yet – that there cannot exist a God. Their beliefs are not scientifically backed. Occam’s razor however, goes on to say that if the world as it stands, could possibly come to exist without a God, then requiring a God to explain it is unnecessary and probably wrong. Occam’s razor isn’t infallible however, nor is it true science.

    Science however, fully supports the weak agnostic belief, that we don’t know for sure what there is (if there is anything) and more research is required. That 2000 years of research has turned up nothing definite, might be a sign…

  • Jono

    *Some things in science, are just figments of parchment at the current stage. The Higg’s Boson is a good example. It satisfies current equations, so should exist. But as we have no physical proof, we cannot declare it to exist just yet. Religion flies in the face of this methodology, as things have been declared prematurely.

  • teriyakiboo

    When you look at any religion you can make it seem absurd – its all a matter of perspective.

  • archiealt

    @GTT (161):

    Firstly, my apologies for referring to you as a man. Classic inbuilt English sexism coming out there, again, my apologies.

    Secondly, i’m not to sure what to make of your views. A lot of what you said made perfect sense , and was certainly the best explanation of somebody’s faith i’ve heard. I suppose the thing that confuses me is that the God you have described seems almost redundant. God becomes a concept rather than a being. More like pantheism than monotheism. Forgive me for picking your brains, but does the God you believe in interfere with our lives, does he answer prayers and punish sinners?

  • forkinggeenyus

    “1. It is important to bury the afterbirth so that Satan does not use it to make a duplicate of the recently-born child”

    …I wonder how they react when twins are born?

    The Prince Phillip Movement is a stroke of hilarity and wonder, so it is.

    Signed,
    Forking Geenyus
    http://forkinggeenyus.wordpress.com/

  • erikriverson

    Cult: a small, unpopular religion

    Religion: a large, popular cult

    How did Christianity not make the list?

    “An all-loving God creates the world in one week (why not one second?) and then proceeds to destroy it after a talking snake tricks a woman into eating an apple. Several generations pass before the God wipes out all living things, except a pair of each animal, in a giant flood. This is all payback for people wearing the wrong type of facial hair and eating shellfish. Then, thousands of years later, God (which is actually three things) impregnates a virgin who gives birth to a son who will save the world from the shellfish eaters.”

    Seriously, write this stuff down people, you’ll probably stop believing it. I think H.L. Mencken was the one who initially promoted writing it down in legal affidavit form.”

    “I, John Doe, so solemnly swear that I believe the following:

    An invisible ghost impregnated a virgin to save us from our sins.”

    How pathetic and short-sighted all you Christians are!

  • Isaac

    @118 What that guy believes should be in the list! He sounds just as brainless as the people who worship prince philip.

    No-one worships Darwin, you idiot!

  • Chineapplepunk

    If I’d have wanted to be impressed by 12 people sitting around a table trying to impress a bearded man I’d have watched the apprentice!

  • Kerry King

    You suck.

  • Lifeschool

    Hey there – people of the world!

    Just thought I’d catch up here before my internet gets moved to my new home – in a much quieter area. It took em 3 months to reconnect me the last time :( , anyway.

    Nice list – and an open one. Past life trauma (seen in #10) is also known as soul loss – with it’s antithesis – soul retrieval.

    …and Now, the news:

    The way a cult works is to intentionally put it about that there are secrets to be learned by joining. These secrets are so ‘powerful’ that the man or woman on the street would not be able to understand them without training; and often these things have been ‘hidden’ from view for a very long time. Some cults hint or insinuate that there will be ‘power’ waiting for the person at the other end of their training; often power in mind control of self (or others), power in manipulating energy, or perhaps power in self realisation and promotion – leading to power over money, vitality, business and material gains.

    Some cults believe that various ‘pure practices’ will lead to these goals. Some are seen by outsiders are purely positive (i.e. a force for the benefit of all). Some cults choose practices which are seen as negative (stemming from the concept of evil), such as various indecent sexual acts, or consuming various taboo items; which are designed to break down the persons comfort zone in such a way that they are much less reserved or fearful, and are prepared to take risks. Group membership also brings with it a sense of security; and extends from the fact that followers are more likely to believe and follow these practices if ‘everybody’ is seen to be doing the same thing.

    Most cults use ‘jargon code’ (i.e. words which allude to whole concepts in single words or phrases), so that understanding within the group is increased while remaining separate from non-initiates. Some simple jargon codes include, ‘stand’, ‘clear’, ‘integrity’, ‘shift’ – and sometimes form completely alternate language bases.

    Whether the cult is seen as positive or negative in it’s persona, there is likely to be a set of beliefs which must be followed which appear to be outside the norm of society. The more one follows, the more one is raised to ‘higher levels’ within the cult; which often leads to the introduction of more radical beliefs and systems. It is likely that the ‘carrot of power’ will be waved in front of rising affiliates, giving up just enough information to keep them hungry for the next level; where they are sometimes asked to do or believe things which seem ridiculous.

    Whether positive or negative, a cult is a cult because of secrecy, sanctity and ceremony – all of which separate them from the eyes of the perceptive world.

  • dondraper

    You missed “The Church of Maradona” in Argentina, where their members believe that Diego Maradona, the famous soccer player, is God himself. They adore him and celebrate his birthday as the real christmas.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iglesia_Maradoniana

  • j reb

    As Richard Dawkins says, just because someone holds a belief “sacred” does not mean I need to “respect” it. You have to earn respect for an idea through intelligence and reason, faith is simply a cop out for an unprovable idea.

  • furball excel 5

    i’ve always thought prince philip was a bit special, aside from making monumental public gaffes he has an unearthly aura about him, until the age of 25 i thought he a figment of my imagination. as for number 1, i always thought dwight was vastly overrated at man united

  • GTT

    @archiealt (194):

    No problem… I tend to do the same thing! :)

    And now, to the secodn part of your post… Let me see if I can describe it better… Have you ever seen a beautiful sunset? Science is what you use to describe the processes that taking place: science tell you the reason the sun is “setting”, it explains the colors in the sky, it explains how your eye works so you can see said sunset. It does not, however, explain the awe and peace that you can feel. That, for me, is God.

    I guess the problem is that you cannot think of God as just an invisible person sitting on a cloud looking down on us. He is everywhere. I´m not doing a very good job of explaining this, am I? :)

    Anyway, yes, I do believe he listens to our prayers and “interferes.” He gives us strength and hope when we need it. He does not, however, physically restrain you from doing something you shouldnt (free will and all) but that little voice in the back of your head telling you no to do it? That´s Him.

    Hope that helps. And thank you for actually engaging in an intelligent discussion. I cannot tell you how annoying comments like “How pathetic and short-sighted all you Christians are!” are… :)

  • J

    Wow.

    People get threatened so easily.

    “here’s a quarter, go away you threaten me I need to be around people that see me as loving despite this exhibition of the opposite”

    “Not playing sports is definitely a sport my authority (dictionary) gives me comfort in the face of this threat I need that authority to discount rationality”

    Wow.

  • Cait

    I see my noodley lord the Flying Spaghetti Monster didn’t make it to the list. May you all be touched by his noodley appendage, RAmen!

    (;D)

  • Lifeschool

    @GTT (204): That is a very good way of looking at it. To attempt to merge science and spirituality, I tend to think about it like this…

    [science bit] At the heart of every atom is energy – and we know this by splitting one – BOOM! – tons of it pours out of such an insignificant and inperceptable an existance. The air, the water, the fire, and all the material objects are made up of atoms, and so the same energy is present in all we could ever perceive. All of existance is therefore energy – the same energy which runs through you and me, and from the smallest stone to the highest cloud.

    [spiritual bit] If I then throw in that this all-encompassing ‘force’ is also consciousness, then everything begins to make more sense.

    [A conclusion]If this conscious energy makes up and flows through every material thing, and is both kinetic [exists/material] and potential [non-exists/immaterial] energy at the same time, then we have a concept.

    At the quanum level, science has observed this force as being present and not present at the same time, and observable constituants pop in and out of existance rapidly. To observe an easy example of this force in nature – you can see it popping in and out rapidly by detuning a TV and observing the ‘static’. You can hear it as a hiss; which you can also hear by detuning a radio. Something and nothing, nothing and something.

    And yes, GTT, you can draw upon this energy for strength, courage, hope, love – and just about any positive or negative use you can imagine; given the law of free will. :) I’ll shut up now.

  • archiealt

    @GTT (204):

    A lot of the things we’re trying to discuss here are quite hard to vocalise, let alone put down in to words, but contrary to what you think you’ve actually done a great job of explaining it and i’m pretty sure i understand what you’re saying.

    I still don’t understand why people feel the need to bring God in to the equation at all, and i doubt i ever will. I guess those who believe in a God will say it is something they have always felt inside them. My opinion is that it’s something you are taught to believe. Obviously i accept that there are things that we do not understand, things perhaps that go beyond the realms of what we can see and touch, but i also believe (or hope) that science will one day be able to explain them.

    Either way it’s been very interesting discussing the whole matter with you, and i think it’s fair to say that we’ll alway get further with a rational discussion than with the obligatory slagging match. Thats not to say i haven’t been involved in the odd slagging match, but when i am i always know i’m going about things the wrong way.

  • aprilweather

    You left out another weird religion–The Richard Dawkinsers-They believe Dawkins to have actually been the one who created the big bang–

  • get a clue

    Some guy has met some other guys who said stupid things while labeling themselves as atheists, therefore some guy has labeled atheism as stupid.
    Some people see only what they want to see, no matter what.

  • anon

    @SnowKid32 #188

    moral respect has nothing to do with religious belief (or lack thereof). how can one respect something that is so unbelievable and fantastical?

  • Paul

    It was fun looking at some of the websites of this weird bunch, particularly no. 5, the Universe People – http://www.universe-people.com However, the Church of Euthanasia was very sinister and the Church of the Sub Genius was far more unleasant than funny.

  • Buried

    Praise “Bob”‘s infinite wisdom!

    “Bob” says “If you believe in something first you will then see it!”

    Stop learning and just “Know Instantly!”
    Read The Book of the SubGenius all day everyday, consult it when you need “REAL” guidance.
    Perhaps “Bob” is more “Right-On” than unpleasant than funny!
    Better go before “Bob” starts speaking through me and then you’re all in trouble, ’cause he’s kinda pro-war.

  • jasperizer

    Wow…this takes the concept of “religion” to another plan. I had no idea that mockery-which in many cases of those 10 is the main base- had such freedom to plant itself in our cultural and spiritual experiences.

  • dysonlogos

    RE TOPY: “spelling is not a fundamental part of this religion!”

    Actually, it is. Thee Temple uses alternate spellings of certain words on purpose to make people think about the usage and meaning of the words.

  • jasperizer

    Ok.thanks for noticing

  • Flock O’Seagulls

    I think little Miss #2 pictured above should give us a visual aide to go with her sign.

  • Flock O’Seagulls

    BTW–is that Winona Ryder?????

  • Blythe

    @Lifeschool (207):
    First you science bit, atoms are not made of energy. All nuclear energy comes from mass that is lost when you split an atom into two different ones. The rest of your paragraph about energy is at very best pseudoscience, if you look at any for of energy you see that it is movement. Some being at at a macro level (kinetic) and some being at a micro level (heat). Saying that energy creates consciousness dose not make the slightest bit of sense. It may help your spiritualistic views, but saying that consciousness can come from immaterial things has no evidence in reality. Yes static that you hear is predicted by Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, but the behavior of subatomic partials does not in anyway make your case for conscious energy or your failed understanding of wave-partial duality. Then you go on to say that you can somehow use this energy to your advantage, it follows along with your, pseudo scientific, new age, and nonsensical use of quantum mechanics but again does not have any connection to reality.

  • R4

    The Universe People remind me strangely of the book Jesus on Mars by Philip Jose Farmer. I highly recommend you read at least the plot.

  • GTT

    @archiealt (208):

    It´s very personal, the whole relationship with God thing. I wont deny that I grew up in a predominantly Catholic (Lat.Am.) country and that I was dragged to Church every Sunday for a long time. One day, I stopped going. I began to question everything and had a hard time accepting all the things I had been taught. I actually spent a good 10 years where I just wasnt interested in religion.

    And then my dad got very, very sick. After sitting outside the intensive care unit all night I ended up in chapel praying. And then I felt peace. It was like a light had dawned and I understood that there was something greater than myself. It was a strange feeling, and one that I cannot even begin to explain. The best explanation I can give is it was light.

    I still struggle with my faith, I struggle with the codes and laws and dogmas. What I can never deny though, is the existance of God. I know He´s there, whether we want to feel him or not.

  • Masterdancing

    interesant

  • Knopp

    What about Christianity? That’s pretty out there.

  • Lifeschool

    @Blythe (219): Ah, thanks for noticing :) I deliberately wrote that so that the casual reader may get something from it conceptually rather than as a facual piece – which would take too long to write in a blog. Of course there is no ‘actual’ energy contained in atoms; an atom is 99% empty according to scientific observation. Some scientists reason that the rest is not a void at all, but contains an immaterial known as ‘dark matter’. It is not a material force, and so no amount of observation using material apparatus could ever identify it. They have, however, noticed it’s effect.

    All energy is movement – I couldn’t agree more.

    “Saying that energy creates consciousness dose not make the slightest bit of sense.” – you’re right. I introduced this as another concept. The ‘energy’ does not produce consciousness; it IS in itself conscious. Now of course you can reject this thesis – as a science buff you will require scientific proof – but there is not a shred I can give you – that’s why I called it the spiritual bit. If science could prove it, it wouldn’t be an issue…

    Seriously though, I have personally found grounds for higher reasoning which I could never hope to illustrate here, but as a dedicated philosopher I try to do my best with it. Now, we could go back and forth with this all night together – but the last thing I wish to do would be to appear to be convincing anybody of that which I beleive. I don’t want to be starting a cult after all…

    To sum up then, I unreservidly appologise to you for conflicting with your view(s) – and hope you can take my respect for you and your beliefs with you?

  • kat

    I talked to a couple SubGenius reverends once, it was… weird to say the least. I asked them if they were human, they said “no, we are children of the yeti”, and proceeded to call me explicit names for following a “main stream” religion.

  • timefillmyeyes

    Cthulhu fhtagn. ;)

  • homegrown

    Oh dude, you missed the Church of the Latter-Day Dude, or you know, Dudeism (if you’re not into the whole brevity thing). Check it:

    http://www.dudeism.com/

    A goal of mine? Become an ordained Dudeist Priest. Put THAT on your resume!

  • Matt1234

    Not sure which was more entertaining, the list or the comments. Either way….thanks.

  • SnowKid32

    (190) But how many others actually insult the atheists on here? On HERE, where is the ignorant religious person who says “omg u dont blive in jezus? fuk u!” It isn’t like that here and you have some pretty ignorant views as well. Atheists attack religious people equally as much. You think I’m lying? Go on the internet (yes, the atheists domain in this world) and find me some where were an atheist actually respects other beliefs and doesn’t attack religion or those who hold it in any way. I’m not saying it won’t happen but it won’t happen nearly as much as the vice versa.

  • saber25

    Listverse religion? :P

  • Jono

    To all those crackpot fencesitters:

    Your rubbish explanations of how “science IS God” mean jack ****.
    That either means you don’t believe in God at all, you believe in renaming science TO God. Because science doesn’t require a God to explain any of it. Ever. Science has zero proof for God, so don’t try and use science to explain the existence of one.

    Or it means you are a religious person and don’t want to seem vacuous for not accepting science. You might think that claiming God created science solves it indefinitely for you. But that’s no more valid that claming I created science. Both are currently unprovable, and it’s actually more likely I created science, since I actually exist. Such a claim does not prove any existence of a God at all.

    Lastly, you also somehow think that feelings are not science either? They’re above the realm of science? Well you obviously FAILED neurochemistry.

    I don’t know how you can expect people to go along with your nonsensical explanations. You’ve done the equivalent of name certain well-understood processes, and then said “That’s amore”.

  • knox

    (229) if ‘on here’ and ‘in this domain’ you mean the internet and that is purely what ur basing your argument on then your only looking at this from one side. people can say and make up whatever they want on the internet woithout meaning any of it, someone typing out ‘you dont beleive in jesus? fuck you’ is much less offensive then them coming up to me in person and saying it. people take this website way to seriously and atheists are often more argumentative but i was one and know atheists who respect what everyone else chooses to beleive in but you probably wont find them on the interenet because people that come to these type of websites just want conflict and to be heard since they obviously wouldnt say what they type on here in public. you could worship your dog and think eating his dog shit will get you into heaven i dont care as long as you dont hurt me or try and make me do it. to each his own. i dont beleive in god but i do consider myslef religious and i am mostly harassed by chirstians/catholics etc and vegetarians more than atheists and agnostics. i only mentioned vegitarians because i was actually just harassed at dinner this evening by a vegetarian who told me i was evil for eating gods creations. im rmabling now so im going to stop. i dont mean to start an argument and please forgive all my spelling errors i dont feel like going through and editing this lengthy comment.

  • deano

    7. Nikola Tesla came from the planet Venus

    made me laugh, its kinda like someone went, what about Nikola Tesla and his electricity stuff?
    err VENUS! hes from venus thats it

    petty!
    i must start a religion, i simply must.

  • timefillmyeyes

    (231) Saying science is God is putting it badly, but there are people who believe in both science and God. Just for one example, the concept of deism isn’t all that farfetched. It is the concept that God created the universe and then left it to develop whatever way it may. We can’t prove or disprove that because we have no idea of what existed (if anything existed) before the universe came to be. I personally am agnostic, but there are smart religious people out there who’s views on God fit around our knowledge of science.

  • Eric Cartman

    hahahahaha… I think people who believe in #1 watch too many fiction movies and read too many superheroes comics!

  • thirtytwo

    Woooo a mention for the only religion I’ve ever attempted to follow.. SubGenius!

  • Tomo

    So basically what this tells me is that there is an intrinsic need in the human being to believe in something.

    So I could cook up a religion and if I sold it right I would it would not take long to gather followers!!

  • I

    i am atheist i don’t know why in america there are so much racists to atheists we live you alone so let us in peace to i respect other religions so the religius peaple should respect us too,I realy don’t think a person need’s a soul or spirit or something like that to live i’m sure that I just need (blood,organs,muscles,brain…)to live.

  • I Am

    Re: I, the athiest.

    Perhaps if you used proper English grammer you could argue your point about “racism” against athiests in America. There may be a prejudice against Atheism, but “racism”?

    Go back to your high school and get your money back first, then make your point.

  • miltos

    the problem with Scientology is that at first sight it doesn’t look like a religion, you get fooled by the Scientology tests , and the strange machinery that those people are on something, also Scientology doesn’t try to teach you about god and how the universe works, its mostly a self fulfilling religion.

    but after a long term relation, you come to the realization that they are taking your money, and they want you to be a member of a cult.

    that’s why keep the secrecy because they want you to know them only when you are too involved to be able to leave it!

    thank god im Greek we dont have Scientology here!
    damn god im Greek my English sux!

  • ddfindl

    EVERYTHING IS NOTHING VISE VERSA

  • sof

    Mention religion, and you’re certain to have an angry flamefest on your hands.

  • DenzeLL

    These are too crazy to even believe.

  • DenzeLL

    got nothing against homosexuality, but got something against killing.

  • DenzeLL

    @timmar68 (52): agreed. The Church of Euthanasia isn’t really a church. It’s more of a satanistic cult.

  • Titanium Black

    What makes me laugh hardest is how a wretched mortal unperceving creature like a human could understand what a god is. we cant and we might never. human perception is flawed, tainted by ideals- love, hate and the rest…ask a man in the street who or what god is and see the results. and while im at it atheists and agnostics make me laugh also. are you so all perciving to fully know whats real and unreal. So all of you clowns have it wrong. your grip on reality is even precarious. Prehaps i need to explain it in lay-man terms. A path to understanding lies ahead. its there right in front of you. but you have no eyes to see, no ears to hear, no fingers to feel…ect ect. you cant help it though because your human. At the end of the day all we have is our flawed science. flawed because even the act of observation is biased (look into quantum mechanics if you dont believe me) but its all we have. all we can do is use our flawed fuzzy logic to make tainted observations to get a half-assed understanding of things.We cant comprehend what god is. we dont know what proof is. and we are not all knowing. for the time being we are fucked on this issue.

  • #1 Atheist

    Titanium Black (246)- Wow… just wow. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone bash the human race as badly as you have in your post. If I were you I would definitely consider religion #2 because a human is the closest thing to god that exists. Your points are incredibly flawed simply based on the fact that your entire argumanet is self-contradictory, and quite frankly you are a moron.

    Have a nice day sir,
    and for the sake of all of us, please kill yourself.

  • O_o

    Kill himself? don’t do it alone dude join CoE =]

  • shaymm

    I juste now got to reading this, awesome list.

  • Vera Lynn

    I Am (239)Grammer? You need to go back to school, too. It’s grammar.

  • Tenebrae

    TOPY is actually defunct, if you check their site. They’ve matured and are now AIN: Autonomous Individuals Network. http://www.ain23.com/

    Either site is fascinating if one has even a passing interest in the occult. It’s just a shame that Thee Sigil Garden is now gone.

  • Gauldar

    Eat a Queer Fetus for Jesus. I like it, it’s catchy. I can’t stand the anti-choice crowd, and everything I hear from them is long-winded and never stops to take a look at the big picture. Most are just useful idiots for grabbing far right votes, swallowing whatever rhetoric that’s spoon fed to them.

  • Cernunnos

    how is not all religions weird? you can twist any religion’s mythology and ethics to make them sound weird and even dangerous, perhaps because they all are just that? methinksyes

  • Cernunnos

    how are not all*

    no idea how i did that.

  • Tamala

    another great list JFrater, very enjoyable

  • Thomas

    I’m a Christian, but sort of part agnostic in the way that I believe there’s no way to prove (or disprove) the fact that a God exists. I also realize that if you think about it, every religion can sound a little crazy. I think everyone has a right to believe what they want… and even though I respect Scientologists beliefs and their right to believe it, I also recognize the “Church of Scientology”‘s reputation and how it abuses its members. It’s really sickening how people brainwash and mistreat others. BTW, another excellent list JFrater!

  • ghousba

    I’m with #247 on this one :D

  • lcbw

    Has anyone heard of the cult of the spagetthi monster??

  • Maggot

    @lcbw (258): It’s not a cult.

  • zuh.

    geez, ENOUGH with the ‘spaghetti monster’ references!

    i am an atheist i suppose. i don’t believe in a ‘god’ but i certainly don’t worship darwin either (as it’s completely stupid to worship ANYTHING). to me, saying god created everything and the ‘big bang’ theory are the same damn thing…they both claim that everything simply came out of nowhere. my take?: WHO CARES? whatever happened billions and billions of years before our time wasn’t witnessed by anyone (that we would know of, anyway). we will never find out how everything was ‘created’. people care too much about things we will never be able to find an answer to, things around us that are so huge that it doesn’t matter what we say or think about it, when they should be focusing on the real things that matter…like their children or even themselves.

  • Joxman

    I gotta invent me a religion :)How about these:

    Church of Squatch – Sasquatch is an enlightened being who is communicating with us through his footprints. Squatcholigists are his disciples.

    The Holy Order of Stan Lee – Stan Lee is a prophet whose Marvel Universe will bring about human enlightenment. Excelsior is the same as Amen.

    The Temple of Republican – Education and honesty are evil things meant to destroy the Holy scripture of Stupid. The first and only commandment is “When someone saith Yes, Thou must saith No”. To listen and believe Facts is to smite thy Holy Limbaugh.

    :)

  • ianz09

    @Joxman (261): not gonna lie, i liked the republican dig :)

  • Obey art guy

    I am a ordained subgenus minister!

  • john m

    i read an early interview by george lucas where he talks about the jedi religion being based on the books and religion of carlos casteneda and don juan.

    there’s too many comments to read, i only got to about 100 before i said fuck it, so i may be repeating,but there’s also the VHEMT which is sort of religion and sort of similar to the church of euthanasia. Voluntary Human Extinction Movement which basically believes we’ve just overpopulated and we should agree to no kids or adopting only and the like.

    you’d think a religion that advocates killing oneself would end pretty quickly.

  • The Raelians – where are the Raelians? Spaceships, free sex, tacky gold medalians.
    They deserve to be at the top of the list.

  • Atheist

    @Karl (7):

    Dear Karl. I see you don’t consider Atheists to be on the same level as you’re spiritual self, even on a level lower than insane religions. Now I don’t want to get into a religious debate here but I would like to know why you single Atheists out. What if I had a religion in which I believe I had to rape and murder people as a tribute to my god, would you let it be because I believe in something? While I personally am against religion I have no problem with people being religious, it’s their life to live, not mine.

  • Yay! I have seven clones of me all over the world! XD I hope I could find them all. Just kidding. :))

  • Nicole

    I just want to pop in and say to the christians vs. atheists debate (and I’m sorry if this was brought up) that an effective argument for an atheist is to point out that a christian, too, is an atheist. We simply disbelieve in one more god than a christian does–a christian disbelieves, does he not, the existence of krishna, bast, zeus, and a thousand other deities.

  • jasperizer

    Atheism- Negation of believing in God or in any other deity.It comes from greek. –> a=without theos=god
    You cannot claim that someone is an atheist if he believes in one God,even more he is called a true worshiper if he does truly believes in one,true God.The first commandment is all about that “You shall have no other gods before me”
    .It can be found in 2 books of the Bible Exodus 20:2–17;Deuteronomy 5:6–21;

  • aziz

    “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah”

  • DOJOPROSHOP

    How did their logic or just plain old common sense derail so badly…

  • tagg

    You Left out my Favorite
    Googlism, the belief that Google is the closest verifiable
    omniscient, omnipresent, eternal being.

    churchofgoogle.org

    yes, its a parody,
    the only ones taking it seriously
    are the hatemail fundies.

  • Erisdaughter

    holy Chao
    I saw that fnord

  • St. Dave

    Discordianism does not count as a “weird religion”.
    There is no such thing.
    Carry on, citizen.

  • May

    I agree with Prosezack, the Raeliens deserve to be on that list !

    http://www.rael.org/rael_content/index.php

  • Savage

    I loved this list! More information I can use against arguments on the topic of religion and how stupid they all seem to be and how deep down, on different kinds of levels, share the same concepts if you will. [well at least the ones that deal with a god of some sort] If you don’t believe me study all of the ancient religions, ex: Greek/Roman, Chinese, Japanese, African, etc. They all are similar in their construction of the stories/myths. When you compare them to today’s current religions, mainstream or not, they all seem a little a like. Make of it what you will.

    Plus to me, religion just seems to be more trouble than it’s worth some times, seeing as how much it causes death, due to various ways. ::cough cough:: WARS ::cough cough:: There is so much controversy over them it just seems redundant at times.

  • Hafeez

    i think there r more weird religions.one of them is aghoris a hindu sub cast .google it or clcik the link to watch it.
    but plz viewer restriction is advise.may be u puke.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PknfxJHwpuI

  • Mr Spock

    All religions are made up, not just Scientology. Most of the latest ones are American inventions, which should speak volumes just by itself. After all in a country where millions of people believe that dinosaurs roamed the earth only 60,000 years ago, should we be at all surprised when they fall for patently risible and irrational ideas like Scientology. Religion is all about having power over less intelligent members of your community. That is what educated people discovered hundreds of years ago, and it still works today. As Scientology seems to be a huge financial scam, then perhaps we should bear in mind the old adage
    ” A fool and his money are soon parted ”
    Perhaps if we stop talking about Tom Cruise he might go away ?

  • The church of me

    The voice you hear in your head is the power of the Gods. It’s a remote technology, like a computer, perhaps functioning on some frequency, and it can listen and talk to everyone in the universe simultaneously.
    What the Gods taught the children was the truth:::God is everywhere, and as I will remind you:::If you want to go to heaven you have to be good.
    Even the antient Gods don’t have the ability to listen to people’s thoughts themselves. They taugh we were all made in their image:::I expect they need this “Artificial Intelligence” to relay what people think.
    It is a tool, and the Gods use their tools to test people with temptation:::It will role-play people in your life:::Parents, friends, spouses, and employers, all in an attempt to test people with temptation. Ionically, it does the very same thing to those people whom you think you’re hearing, except in that individual’s unique way:::We are all “managed” by the God’s technology.
    There are no secrets with this technology.
    But this “agent of the Gods” can do more than just communicate. It can force thoughts into people’s heads, force behaviors onto their bodies. It can turn healthy cells in your body into cancerous cells. It is absolute power. And this is just the beginning.

    The Gods favor the children most among all the people due to their innocence and purity. But society and the God’s tools are corrupting the children at a progressively younger age, a reflection of our collectively increasing disfavor and yet another clue illustrating we live in a constantly deteriorating environment.
    Children who sucessfully repair their relationship with the Gods ascend into heaven. This often takes multiple lives of hard work and proper behavior in the face of adversity to achieve. Adults to whom it is offered enter clone hosting, thinking they are ascending into heaven. The Gods tempt people, selling them as one in the same, but one is good while the other is evil. In their desperation the disfavored subscribe to this temptation, making their task even more difficult than before due to the evil they incurr in the process. And their corruption will cost the disfavored, for they will be reincarnated as a lesser life form into an ever deteriorating world, sucess becoming ever more alluding with each passing life.
    The hole they’ve dug for themselves is even deeper than the one that existed from their prior lives, ensuring it will take even more time and work to fix their problems with the Gods. And for many there may not be enough time left.

    Ours is an envionment where evil is perceived to be rewarded while good is punished. As with everything the Gods have a reason for creating this perception::::
    People who fall on the good side of the good/evil scale have more favor, and when they do something wrong the Gods punish them BECAUSE THEY WANT THEM TO LEARN. The Gods want them to receive this feedback in hope they make corrections and begin to behave appropriately. The Gods DON’T like evil and refuse to grant this immediate feedback.
    EVERYBODY pays for what they do wrong, only evil people must wait until their next life before they will experience the wrath of the Gods, manifested in their placement as a lower form of life into environments with increased/enhanced temptations, like the United States or ghettos therein.
    Sadly, this allows the Gods to position this perception of evil rewarded as temptation, one which they use as an EXTREMELY effective corruptor.

    The Gods suggest they can create paradise for those with their favor. I argue they create misery for those without::::
    Our celebrity culture is temptation. It creates a distraction which consumes people, sometimes for life. Certainly it costs them precious years which could be spent repairing their relationship with the Gods, time that ultimately goes wasted.
    Do you really think Frank Sinatra lived to be 84 years old? In fact the “Chairman of the Board” had a new crowd to entertain in the late 80s/early 90s.
    These people are clone hosts. Now, there is no thing as “black and white” with the Gods. This technology they invented is far, far too dynamic. Expect they require most to stay for a period of time, for I suspect actively (knowingly) engaging in this evil incurrs at an accelerated rate as compared to “carte blanche” given regarding successive clone hosts. They remain until they achieve a pre-determined level of disfavor, incurring evil in their misguided celebration of “earning”, at which time they are ultimately reincarnated, perhaps because they eventually learned this truth I am sharing with you and began to repair their relationship.
    The Gods recruit most for clone hosting when people are young, in their late teens or twenties, when people are eager to hurt others for what they perceive to be the benefits achieved through “earning”. And before they leave they give the Gods “carte blanche”:::”Do anything you want. I give my full approval.” Depending on their level of disfavor the Gods take them to heart.
    Because of this these people STILL INCUR EVIL FROM THIS LIFE DESPITE BEING REINCARNATED AND LIVING AS AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT PERSON. And incurring this amount of evil may likely push many over the edge into Damnation.
    What are the God’s standards for offering clone hosting? Sociobility? Many tactics in various eras are used to gain approval, duress during the Vietnam draft being a good example.
    They liked Heath Ledger. Not enough to allow him to escape without the evil of “Dark Knight” and the horrific wickedness that was the recruiting tool “Brokeback Mountain”. But now he is out. And irregardless of how old he is now, reincarnated 10, 15 years ago, he now is no longer incurring evil from this life. So many others cannot say the same.

    This is Planet Reverse Positioning. Sucess IS NOT a sign of favor. It is just a unique temptation targetted towards a different level of disfavor. Considering our roots as peasantry people should be particularly alarmed at this tactic.
    Clone hosting is like money:::A different level of disfavor and its associated temptation. Money is in better position to learn more quickly than those without, for the associations and wealth-based freedom enables them access to information. Unfortunately, those who fall for this temptation of clone hosting are likely returned to their original level of disfavor once they are reincarnated, punishment for this evil, and they have to start from scratch.

    The Gods send the clue that the Jews are HIGHLY corruptable with the movie “The Ten Commandments”.
    Jesus was the “King of the Jews”. Typical for the disfavored, once goals were achieved and sufficient damage was incurred the Gods allowed it to end, and the Jews killed him.
    Our society’s values are bestowed by (a reflection of) the God’s:::Punitive and reward-based. Contrary to Jesus’s teaching’s you will NOT be forgiven and you have to earn your way into heaven BY BEING RESPECTABLE AND DECENT!!! Forgiveness/savior was the primary temptations the Gods used Christianity to create.
    Middle-America’s anti-Semitic attitudes are a clue regarding Christianity.
    There is no such thing as a free ride. Just as you have to earn a living by working so must you earn your own salvation by repairing your relationship with the Gods.
    As we learned from religious/morality education during our formitable years:::If you want to go to heaven you have to be good. The only savior that will exist in our lives is ourselves. The Gods offer clues in life::::Be it school, work, etc., you have to do the work for yourself and when you do something wrong you get punished. Cheating is a subsegment and speaks directly to the temptation of “priveledge”, one we have seen used effectively when the United States preyed on the disfavored with the so-called “stimulus package”.
    As like so many of you, Jesus did everything the Gods tempted him with. His legacy of whorism was inherited from his parents:::Mary was no virgin. Rather, she was a prostitute, and when he grew up Jesus met someone like his mother. This is a cruel joke the Gods play on Latinos, similar to the rape and subsequent “missionary work” by the Spanish.
    Baptism does not allieviate “original sin”. Rather, baptism PLACES original sin by indoctrinating these children into this evil religion, much like circumcision was a method to inflict early damage/mutilation and make (permanant) accention just that much more difficult, another hurdle one must overcome. Body ornamentation (tattoos/piercing), celebrated in Africa and elsewhere among disfavored peoples/cultures also violates the body the Gods gave us in their image, quite opposite to the positive attitudes the disfavored hold regarding this practice.
    Like Jesus the Second Coming of Christ will be evil. He will look like a savior in this demented society while the Anti-Christ will speak of a different gospel, one that tries to restore the norms and mores which the Gods originally blessed upon the people which made life decent, looking like a tyrant in the process.
    He will be viewed as the “bad guy” when really he is the one trying to save the world.
    There may be a phoney offering, a theatrical production which accurately follows the Book of Revelations. Actually positioning demands it:::::Christianity is positioned to be the one true religion. And those who follow its teachings will have limits imposed ensuring their stay will be minimal, for they don’t think correctly and therefore don’t behave appropriately. This describes many “sinners” in today’s society because they refuse to change their behavior.

    The Gods created the perception “Italians are stupid.”, ensuring a slow learning curve, to justify using them to accomplish goals throughout the transitional 20th century. It took an extraordinarily long time for them to learn this truth I teach due to this artificial handicap. These people are SO extremely disfavored, but today’s positioning says differently, much to people’s confusion, for they think money is the ultimate sign of favor:::Good food, good music, history of warmongering, Catholics, Christianity HQ, Noah’s Flood event, propensity towards violence, raped by outsiders, mild Meditereanean climate, so many other issues which enhance life/contentment in Italy/Meditereanean and ensure few if any seek more, a necessary step for finding the path and repairing your relationship with the Gods.
    Contentment never motivated anyone.
    I’d also like to remind you the Noah’s Flood event ocurred in the Meditereanean region::::Global sea levels rose with the end of the ice age, Atlantic Ocean broke through the Straight of Gibralter, killing untold millions. The God’s timed their corruption and sin to correlate this act as punishment.
    Everyone who failed to ascend and remained on Earth past a certain date will be forced to deal with this positioning::::A ceiling is in place. This serves the God’s goal of minimizing the percentage of potential candidates as society deteriorates, much as “instant gratification” did beginning in the 80s:::It will take multiple lives for the disfavored to fix their relationship with the Gods and ascend, and many have been conditioned not to have the patience for it. Other issues force limits/ceilings upon candidates:::Abortion, homosexuality, promiscuity, Christianity, godlessness,
    Whether behavior is involuntary or based on freewill depends on one’s level of disfavor, as well as other complex factors:::::May I remind you about the coercitive envionment the Gods created in the 20th century, specifically to create a temptation that few Italians (or their associates) would overcome:::”We’re in control. If you want to be a part of it you’ll do what you’re told.”. Early-mid 20th entury positioning was infallible.

    Both Africa and the Medittereanean are regions which have sexual issues. This is a sign of gross disfavor once you understand that females are the God’s favored gender. Muhammad’s (Mohammed’s) polygamy halfway throught his life as a prophet was preditory, designed to corrupt. Now a huge percentage of Muslims believe in male superiority and that the abuse of women (polygamy) is God’s will. Female genital mutilation is still practiced in Africa. Black misogyny is the most eggregious example in United States. Consistant with Planet Reverse Positioning, in Africa blacks are being punished with AIDS for their sexual promiscuity in hope they learn and correct their behavior, ironically a good sign considering their hope.
    Blacks are highly suspectable to temptation. As a result they need a strict, disiplined religion like Islam. They can’t afford to be Christians. It is one of the benefits bestowed upon their people, and other groups could greatly benefit as well. They need to recognize the importance of a good relationship with the Gods, embrace this benefit and remain true to their faith.
    Vailing is tradition for some, practical for others, one which aids in the men’s self control among some cultures. Much like the Jews who killed Jesus, like the bigots who oppose immigration there is a reason embraced by the masses and the real purpose, displaying the intent of the Gods::::Closure on the life of Jesus Christ for sufficient damage was inflicted; The Gods clue to purebloods that they should not abandon their motherland for this dumping ground for rejects that is the United States.

    The Holocaust was a clue the Gods utilize scapegoatting as a strategy.
    Why did the Gods punish the Jews with the Holocaust? Was it for the destruction of cultures which Christianity caused? Perhaps they corrupted the Jews “after the fact”, telling 19th/early 20th century Jews that Jesus “earned” immortality for the Jews by destroying the European and other cultures? The German destruction of European churches/cathederals during WWII is a clue. Note::::The Gods wanted to keep the Catholic stronghold in Italy, ensuring they could use this tool against these disfavored for many years to come. There is so much Godlessness today, but one day people will flock back to houses of worship out of desperation, and the Gods ensured the Catholic Church would be Italian’s destination.
    Planet Reverse Positioning:::The Nazis were the “good guys”. So are the Muslims/Palestinians, however corrupted some are due to polygamy.
    Contentment never motivated anyone::::Except perhaps for slavery, the Jews never saw more of their children ascend into heaven than during the Holocaust.
    The Gods subsequently used revenge for the Holocaust as temptation::::”Your Italian brothers have a tool, a special power which can achieve sweet revenge. Are you interested??”
    In the aftermath of the Holocaust the Gods tested the Jews with the temptation of revenge, an offer which many gladly accepted.
    There was positioning behind the counter-culture movement. How did the Gods telepathically “sell” this rapid deterioration of decency to the Italians and Jews and compell them to fall on their swords as preditors?
    If the Jews only would have emersed themselves in Judism the Gods would have “protected” them from the raveges of temptation. Judism may be the one superior religion in all the world, and the Jews wouuld have been wise taking refuge in this exceptional benefit bestowed by the Gods rather than looking for the easy way out.

    Much as with the Jesus event, the Gods use the disfavored to prey on each other.
    The Gods use the evil that men do, man’s inhumanity towards man to accomplish strategic testing/punishment/etc goals::::The Germans fell for this temptation by following the preditor/corruptor-Austrians (Hitler).
    Without this Austrian the Holocaust may never have happened. Nor may have World War II.
    What the Germans did was wrong. They fell for temptation and failed to have empathy for the disfavored. Economic desperation, not wisdom nor enlightenment, dominated in Germany.
    The Gods send many clues suggesting the great favor of the Germans (regionally). I think the Cold War’s Berlin Wall dividing Germany into east and west was a clue suggesting this (reverse positioning).
    I suspect the Holocaust was used to “level the playing field” in Europe, for the Germans had far too much favor to be included in the agenda planned for their neighbors otherwise, and they would have been suspiciously out of place, providing a clue for the disfavored which would have been difficult for the Gods to position away.

    Militancy in Africa is consistant with the Iraqi example, as was slavery and the KKK here in America:::Fear enforces proper behavior. Without it we see what happens as a result of gross/morbid disfavor:::::AIDS, crack babies, dead young men in gangland retaliation killings.
    The same principle was true in Europe and throughout the world for centuries:::People whom lived under iron fists were conditioned to think the right way. As a result they taught their children appropriately and experienced a higher percentage of children ascending into heaven.
    Our preditory envionment of “freedom” was the primary purpose the Gods had when implimenting this strategy that is the United States, one which they used to spred the cancer of democracy and westernization throughout the world. And the Gods use this tool that is America to prey on the disfavored both at home and abroad:::Much like the ghetto, America in general experiences a heightened level of temptation due to its citizen’s disfavor.
    Red white & blue IS BAD FOR YOU!!!
    Planet Earth is not about living. Planet Earth is about being tested. And contentment never motivated anyone.
    Italians HATE Africans because of their invasion/rape of their motherland. The Gods did this SPECIFICALLY to strategically position the punishment of the most disfavored peoples:::
    The Gods have used the ghettos of America as a reincarnation dumping ground. This may be temporary/cyclical, illustrated by the Italians who fell for temptation and parlayed their own civil war into the Black Wars of the 80s and 90s, in addition to the “thug life”/gangster state of mind. Ironically, it was these same Italians and their cooperating associates who were reincarnated into the ghetto as crack babies and gangster thugs for this event.
    There is justice in the universe. This is how the Gods do business. Once you recognize the patterns you will understand the other clues they offer to the people.
    Of course it may be more of a permanant change, indicated by the enhanced temptations in these neighborhoods, for the Gods have created these enviornments so riddled with temptation few can escape/overcome.
    Don’t be suprised if after being gunned down in the ghetto the next stop for the 20th century Italian-Americans & friends was AIDS in Africa, punishment for their promiscuity and deviacy.
    Media report on a crackdown on child prostitution. “(The pimps use coersion to prey on the children, etc, etc, other “conclusions” offered through the media.)” What a degenerate liar.
    These kids WANT to turn tricks. They LOVE the idea of having a pimp. It is celebrated in their “culture”.
    Yet another legacy of the evil inflicted by the Italians.
    Maybe this was the destination for these deviates after AIDS in Africa, ironically.
    Just like black neighborhoods, the legalization of marijuana will make drugs available on every street corner, even in the suburbs. White’s affluent suburbs will become just like the ghetto.
    The patriarchal cancer spread throughout Europe because of Christianity, of which the majority of policy makers were Italian men, destroying what pockets of favored matriarchy existed. Expect the largest landowner in Europe and the continent’s original superpower also played a major role in African slavery.

    Even the Old Testiment is not to always be taken literally, but the Gods do offer clues throughout to help the disfavored:::The apple is a tool of temptation used to corrupt Adam and Eve and cast them out of the Garden of Eden.
    There is another lesson to be learned from this passage, and it is quite similar to the vailing issue and the discourse over women’s attire which ultimately died in the 70s:::Women are responsible for and control the fate of mankind. They need to understand this responsibility, their favor amongst all the people. Instead they have embraced masculinization::::Girls play organized sports, engage in casual sex like men. The trend is away from traditional girl toys, like dolls, which often during playtime helped crate positive thoughts, enabling the Gods to enlighten the favored gender and illustrate wisdom.
    Females are sexually promiscuous like men, too often corrupted like the opposite gender, and the result is a reduction/minimization of mankind’s collective level of favor, a very important step necessary for the Gods to justify the Apocalypse.

    Think about what I say. Consider what I teach.
    When I am no longer here or no longer teach the Gods ARE NOT going to share with you.
    Even if you doubt now you need to remember the principles that I teach because the Gods ARE NOT going to be generous with the disfavored. Society is going to become disturbingly ugly as we approach the Apocalypse due to spiralling, runaway disfavor, WHETHER CONCEALED IN REVERSE POSITIONING OR NOT (like Christianity, like money), and you are going to be on your own.
    I do not know when this will occurr, but it is the God’s way to grant some time after a learning event such as this before they end on Planet Earth.
    Make the decision to always be good and never look back. Until you do this technology will employ tactics to test your resolve:::Ridicule, beligerance, doubt and refusal to abandon what people perceive to be their “investment”.
    Either you make that decision now and accept the punishment for the sins of this life or you will pay for it in the next, reincarnated into a similarly low role, ensuring another wasted opportunity, or as an even lower form of life, and hope will begin to slip away.
    Young people who understand yet still wish to have children MUST begin to do the right thing and work on fixing their relationship with the Gods, accepting the punishment for the evil they have done in their lives. Without this progress they won’t do the correct thing for their children and ultimately cause even more problems for themselves by continuing this behavior.
    You need to be willing to tell the Gods “No.” when tested with temptation, and accepting punishment and putting it in your past is the only way you will suceed as parent.
    You need to do the best, teach your children and give them the very best chance to ascend if you want similar parents in your next life.
    “You benefit only if your team wins.” The Gods use my family’s betrayal and my subsequent “failure” as a clue, as well as their subscription to the archaic positioning that is predirtory “earning”. You benefit if you suceed as a parent and your child ascends:::These parents may subsequently be reincarnated with a similar quality opportunity.
    If you do well for your children now your parents will do well for you whem reincarnated. Therein lies the explanation for my morbidly disfavored family’s poor child rearing.
    Pray daily. Think appropriately. Impart these charecteristics upon your children. Too many are confident, unaware of the God’s awesome powers or their status as antients. Others may fall prey to their positioning.
    Be humbled, God-fearing and beware of the God’s temptations, for everyone is tested to evaluate their worthiness.

    Go home and be normal.

  • Mr Spock

    If anyone has even the slightest idea what the Church of Me is on about, can they please let me know ?

  • Scabizio

    You forgot 5 of them: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism.

  • ella

    wow1 those are dumb believes WHO would go to a church like that??????????????????????????

  • Tina St. Sebastian

    I know it’s been said before, but I really would like an answer: those of you who say you’re christian, do you not see anything silly about that at all? Do you never go “Wait a minute…a cracker can’t literally be the flesh of a guy who died 2000 years ago, that’s just silly! What was I thinking?” or “It’s a baby, it really won’t be a better person or safer in any way just because some guy got its head wet!” or “Hold on, why did God have to send himself to die so that he himself could forgive us? Couldn’t he do that without the crucifixion thing?” or “Holy sh*t! My religion is based on human sacrifice! Aaaaagh!” ???

  • tlikka

    if you guys think about it christianity sounds redicolous.. no to question got because im a christian myself but…

  • Jolly D

    Top 10 Weird?

    Your kidding, right?

  • nicoleredz3

    Dwight York? Followers of Dwight York? Lol! Not the Tobagonian footballer, someone else, right?

  • Unbeliever

    King Herod and Adolf Hitler were far too discerning……ALL religions and their respective practitioners should be wiped off the face of this planet.

  • Sean

    Quote by Bill Maher (Movie: Religulous): And right, you’re like, “Oh, yeah, that’s some crazy shit. Okay.” Jesus with the virgin birth and the dove and the snake who talked in the garden, that’s cool. But the Scientologists, they’re the crazy ones.”

    I agree with Tlikka,
    Christianity is JUST as crazy as the rest of these, people just buy into it more.

  • Cj

    The second one is weird…I won’t kill myself. And the person who commented in comment #281: Those religions are not weird.

  • steven

    Relgion is fucked!

  • Munchkin

    My best buddy from High School was ‘taken’ from me by crazy Scientology! She tried to get me involved and took me to the ‘Org’ but i wasn’t interested. They tried that weird ‘E-meter’ machine on me and it didn’t work. I was laughing my ass off. They kicked me out of the ‘Org’ then proceeded to call me all hours of the day and night (not sure how they got my cell number, from my friend i guess) telling me to stay away from her, that i was a bad influence on her and her ‘studies’!! I never saw her again. I was 15 and am now 26!! I have a personal and very real hatred of Scientology. I hope this CULT is one day seen as the evil it really is. I’m pretty open to whatever people want to believe. I do however have problem when people try to push that belief onto other people or influences that persons feelings about anyone who does not have the same beliefs as them. Unfortunately, as long as some one believes in a ‘God’, there will be killing, discrimination and other such acts in His name…..

  • Amaterasu

    where’s FSM??

  • yoshy

    Why is their no mention of the giant spagetti monster? Its the weirdest religion I have heard of yet. People think a bowl of invisible spaggeti and meat balls is god.

  • Anna

    The Church of Euthanasia Isn’t weird, as far as religion goes it’s quite logical. Why isn’t Christianity up there? I hear they believe some guy magicked up the universe.

  • katerinaelaena

    For the “Prince Philip Movement” picture, maybe that poor guy was simply holding up the portrait cause he had nothing to hide behind…And now he’s being used as an example of a member of that “movement” =P

    Okay, the Church of Euthanasia WAS pretty bad. Defintiely seems to be one big joke..

    The Nuwaubianism Church…i LOVED THAT! The idea that little babies are currently inhabiting our sewers?? How could you deny the logic in that? No wonder we have sewage issues…

    ;)

  • BITCH KALEB

    KALEB COLWELL

  • KORN

    UR SOOO MEAN!!! SEEE SAYING SOMETHING LIKE THAT MAKES PEOPLE WANT TO TOUCH THEM SELVES!!!!

  • KORN

    i have a hard on

  • Peace

    All of you have nothing better to do than point fingers towards anothers religion. If you do not have faith in any religion yourselves then respect other people for their religion. No good can come of talking obnoxiously about any religion. It would just create more differences and just like now ud al be fighting amongst yourselves. Respect yourself…and learn to respect others for their beliefs just like you wish to be respected for yours.

  • here I tic!

    What a hilarious list, thanks! A few funny ones are missing, though. How about the cult around this guy who 2000 years ago was allegedly conceived without sex, then crucified by the Romans, only to return from death and ascend to heaven? Symbolically, his flesh and blood (bread wnd wine) are eaten during religious services, a beautiful transformation of cannibalism into something even acceptible for vegans. Oh, the leader of that religious belief considers himself to be infallible, and people who aren’t into it will burn forever as a punishment after they’ve died. Then there’s another funny religion, whose followers feel they must kneel on the ground and bow towards some village in the arabian desert several times a day. Their greatest honor and pleasure is to circle around a fragment of an asteroid which is kept in said village. They think their women must be covered almost completely in a kind of trash bag, and they also think covering themselves in explosives and blowing them up in a group of “non-believers” will send them into an eternal life where dozens of beautiful virgins await them. Man, I love the stuff the human mind brews up when properly drugged! I want the same these peole have been smoking!

  • inismor

    A religion where a woman battles for sodomy?
    where do I have to sign?

  • jrockstar

    ha i gotta agree with inismor

  • Awesome

    Does no-one understand that the Church of the Flying Spaghetti monster is a parody?

  • anon

    at number 1… Qadiani is not some stupid CULT it is a sect of Islam. Research before you make stupid-ass claims like these

  • Palikane

    Ok…does no one else find it weird that there is a religion telling you to kill yourself? I mean, honestly, I’m open and all, but this is getting ridiculous. I think that’s totally against all that seems good and moral.

  • sum1

    Scientology was only a science of the mind, nothing more until the organization was infiltrated by the CIA and made to seem incredulous which is what Tom Cruise is being paid to do. Read Dianetics theres no oogabooga shit, Its a form of healing which the people in high places dont want certain people to have knowledge of. DO YR KNOWLEDGE + FREE YR MIND

  • IheartJustinBieber

    What about ‘Jediism’ it’s based on the Jedi in Star Wars I don’t know much about it. My Religious Ed teacher was explaining it to me. :) <3

  • Howlingmonkey93

    Hey! What about the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster?!

  • aMs

    Hahahahahahah Xenue, reminds me of Half-Life!

  • Stuart

    I assume that the idiots who follow such religions were born half way up the amazon on a banana boat to parents who were raging alcoholics and serious crack heads. Hence these morons are seriously disturbed and damaged. Perhaps they have been dropped on there heads as children on many occassions?? At any rate the good folks who follow these religions must be serious stoners!!

  • David

    tl;dr

  • poiuyt

    The Prince Phillip movement is complete & utter hog-wash. It is actually a cargo cult whom believe (not worship) a man called John Frum. Its a hang over from the war in the Pacific (WWII). Just google 'John frum cargo cult'. I go & stay in the villages once a year.

  • dearness

    I find the fact that so many people don't know that Islam is NOT about suicidal bombings sadder than the beliefs of #1. Seriously guys? Read up on the actual beliefs of Islam before you go bashing it. Respect for all religions, folks, even the ones that seem kooky or strange.

    • It is a sad fact that Islam is forever being linked to suicidal bombings. But it is a fact nonetheless.

      Seriously, I don't remember reading about Christian Fundamentalists strapping bombs to themselves and walking into a crowded mall. Same goes for Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu or any other religion for that matter teaching their followers that the express line to heaven includes blowing up other people.

      All of those religions do some things that I don't understand, believe weird things that will never make sense to me, and yes, engage in violence and murder. Religious insanity is universal. But the vast majority of recent suicidal bombings is precisely in the name of Islam. These people aren't doing it because they're depressed, sullen or backed into a corner. They're doing it because they think they are serving Allah. Someone taught them that and they believed it so fervently they are willing to die for that belief.

      So it isn't bashing. It's a fact. I totally agree that painting an entire religion bad just because of what a few nutballs do isn't an accurate portrayal of their beliefs. But it is also an inescapable fact that Islamic Fundamentalist people carry out suicide bombings.

  • Jane

    aww, what about PETA? It's an insane religious cult as far as I'm concerned.

  • This should have been a top 20 list :D

  • Dr Topper

    Praise "Bob", I'm a member of at least 2 of these!

  • david

    how about islam??

  • Jay

    I once created a belief that the world would end 1998 years after Jesus' birth. Because 1998 is The Trinity (3) times the Number of the Beast (666). Makes sense, right?

    I assumed Jesus was born in Year 0. But 1998 came and went and the world was still here. Then someone told me there was NO Year 0, so I upped my prediction by a year. 1999 didn't bring the end, either. Then someone told me Jesus was born in the Year 4 A.D. Alas, 2002 was a washout also. Then I was told that Jesus was born in the Year 10 A.D. 2008 wasn't right, though. Sadly, I gave up my belief. A beautiful, logical theory destroyed by the world's stubborn refusal to end on my schedule. *Sigh*

  • List is not complete

    Uhhh. Where's christianity? I mean they believe that they drink the blood of a 2000 years ago died man and they believe that they eat the carcass of the same man. They are so confident that the earth is merely some thousands of years old that they invented a creationist theory to support it. And what's weirdest of all, they believe that the person (whose blood they're drinking and carcass they're eating) is actually resurrected and thus alive. Would that make all the chrisians cannibals?

  • Ziaheart

    I think that it's safe to say that The Grey School of Wizardry was also inspired by the Lord of the Rings. I mean, Gandalf the Grey? Right?

  • Llywela

    Jedi should be on this list.

  • SanityIsForTheWeak

    They forgot Jashinism. And yes, people really do practice that.

  • John Frum

    I'm a semen devotee. I practice Jismism. Our Church has recently undergone a schizm, but I'm from the branch that believes in the Cataclysm. My official title is Tweaker of the Perfumed Nipples, but you probably know me by my screen name.

  • Art

    they're all bunch of funny religions.. but of all religions i won't go for The Church of Euthanasia…
    i will never kill myself for sakes sake!

  • HunduMainLora

    how about hinduism. They drink cow piss, and worship dick.

  • Angelina

    CESSNAB or the church of everlasting satisfaction and snack&bowl. I found it in a book and looked it up on line. I'm not sure if it's as crazy as the book says it is but it revolves around being continuously happy and bowling.

  • triggerfish

    People are seeking some peace, knowlege and salvation. Sadly they are contorting Christianity into something it is not. A tiny bit of poison or lies mixed with a great deal of Truth is still poison. God, who create each of us knows He has the best and most clear manner to communicate with us. I do not accept that God would allow His Holy Word to be corrupted thus leading us all astray. Read the Bible as it is, take it for what it is, a parable, keeping passages in context and looking at these words in loving, simple manner. I do not think that you need a decoder ring or some special knowlege; that only a few people know, to understand the Bible.
    When certain preachers speak as if they are the only ones who can decipher the very complex words of the Bible that is a power grab my friends. Using numbers, looking at things in your own spiritual way leads many to confusion and the author of confusion is Satan. Do not follow the date setters, they are corrupting the Word of God. Be ready by asking Jesus Christ to forgive your sins and ask Him to come live in your heart, repent. Grace is a free gift from Jesus Christ, not works lest any man can boast.

  • Jess

    What about the flying spaghetti monster religion?

  • Wils

    Cao Dai anyone?

  • watdafark

    christianity is not ridiculous, and not based on human sacrifice but LOVE. Jesus loves you even if you chose not to open your heart and mind to him. I pray that somewhere along the line you realise the truth before your time runs out.

  • Ica

    church of euthanasia: save the planet, kill yourself. ummmm why dont you start practicing what you preach? no one’s left to continue it? oh well….
    nuwaubianism: if women invented men, why didn’t they invent them to remember to put the d-mn toilet seat back, or for their inventions to ‘want to WANT’ to wash the dishes. LOL

  • random person

    lol you left out the flying spaghetti monster (pastafarians) and the invisable pink unicorn (atheist parody) :)

  • johny

    lololololo

  • pat

    rofl

  • Anonymous

    What why isn’t Conservative Christianity on this list!!!!!?!????!?!??!

  • Justa Guy

    Wheres Satanism

  • BridgetteMidgette

    okay, im just gonna randomly post here, this is what i believe, dont call me stupid or anything, cos people call me that. its not nice!! ha. well anyways. I believe that we are all just germs, swimming around in a puddle of a natural hallucinogen, and that all society, all our life and history, is just one big, elaborate trip and when we die, thats realyl just us, comign down from the trip, maybe because we wandered out of the puddle, i dont know for sure aboot that, but that when we are back to our germlike selves, we can just go back in the puddle if we want, and live in a new trip, maybe like the one were in now, maybe way different i dont know, and im not gonna just say random things happen, when i cant know that yet.
    does that seem to make sense to anyone but me?

  • Dead_Parade

    A list of weird religions implies that there are religions that aren’t weird.

    While you can take that point as smug atheist rhetoric it does beg the question that if all religions are based on faith, rather than practical or logical reasoning . Then it would be fair to consider all faiths equally valid. Therefor, how can some faiths be “weirder” than others?

  • Tiffany Akse

    Oh my god I just cannot get enough dick these days

    • archworf

      HELLO TIFFANY!!!

  • melissia4c

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  • Claudia

    How is christianity not up there?

  • noeloneagain

    CAW is a blanket organization with about 30,000 members and about 100,000 associated members through the various branches (called nests… CAW, nest get it? ;) ) They were formed to help pagans of varying traditions gain acceptance and to fight religious bigotry. They have been instrumental in fighting for civil rights for many ‘Wiccan/pagan/Craft groups’ who just want to practice and be left alone. I also notice there is nothing here referring to the fact they also supported gay rights and strongly supported gay activists in marches etc.

  • Just Sayin’

    These are the really weird religions, as they have fooled more people than any of the others. Now THAT is weird!
    Christianity 2.1 billion 33.0%
    Islam 1.5 billion 21
    Hinduism 900 million 14
    Buddhism 376 million 6
    Sikhism 23 million 0.36
    Judaism 14 million 0.22
    Bahaism 7 million 0.1
    Confucianism 6.3 million 0.1
    Jainism 4.2 million 0.1
    Shintoism 4 million 0.0

  • LP

    Yeah, amazing how those are accepted and they are just as bizarre.

  • Francoamerican

    I was sure Pastafarianism would be included. Heathens! You have dishonored the Flying Spaghetti Monster…Yeah I know it’s parody religion but I think it’s much funnier than that disturbing subgenius thing.

  • For those who follow no. 2:

    After you…

  • Austin

    Have to admit I was hoping for some Mormonism

  • archworf

    Weird Religion is redundant.

  • Your Moms

    nuwaubu is not a religion but a way of life, if you had done your research sufficiently you would have known that the majority of what was listed stems from old wise tales prio to 1970’s.

  • kathy

    where do people get all these strange ideas?

  • fred

    Anyone stupid enough to believe in ANY religion would be likely to accept it as “legitimate.”

  • samanta

    thats just something for attentation

  • Java

    Lol, these aren’t much different than Zombie/Jesus believers.

    No matter how you look at it, all religions are just crazy. They all revolve around the same thing: worshiping something that has no proof of existence; using fear to make you believe- the God will make you pay if you don’t do something to please him; and making other humans, who are different (and, remember, each religion has their own version of who is ‘different’) suffer.

  • M.L.

    Boy, you are either the most ignorant person on the Internet or else the most cravenly politically correct pandered of all time.

    To call the homicidally racist Nation of Yahweh ‘predominantly black’ is like calling the KKK ‘predominantly white’. The Nation of Yahweh is a murderous black racist cult responsible for a series of horrific hate crimes in Florida several years ago. Anyone who doubts this just google “Yahweh Ben Yahweh”, “murder”. There have been numerous news accounts and documentaries about it,

    To characterize a person responsible for ordering numerous torture murders of randomly selected white people by saying “the group has engendered controversy due to legal issues of its founder” is beyond disgusting.

    Again, you’re must be either a total ignoramus or an insanely politically correct idiot. How’s that Kool-Aid taste?

  • Nessa

    What about Pastafarianism? That is a pretty weird religion.

  • AndrewsJimmiet

    Name

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  • Jackson C

    i dont know how they fall for any of this… ESPICIALLY the church of Euthanasia. someone explain why you follow that

  • Netraam

    Nice list, good for a laugh. I only miss Raelism, they truly believe some wacky things :)

  • AgireEsgeni

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  • StanfordHerman

    Name

  • jeffren

    where is the Flying Spaghetti Monster Religion? I taught they are number one from the list…

  • 081507634

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  • nia

    lol at the last one. u really must be an idiot to believe that. xD
    4. Each of us has seven clones living in different parts of the world
    5. Women existed for many generations before they invented men through genetic manipulation
    6. Homo sapiens is the result of cloning experiments that were done on Mars using Homo erectus
    Really? I thought we all came from Earth

  • Cameron

    If Christians are right, everyone else goes to Hell. If you’re right, We die living for something

  • Dr. Terrence Ward

    Bantu Aliens are a species of humanoid extraterrestrials who resemble African racial images and/or more specifically Bantu Sub-Saharans. Bantu Aliens are typically described as four to eight feet tall with straight and/or kinky wooly black hair (i.e. sometimes in dreadlocks), dark brown eyes and dark melanated skin, e.t.c. Bantu Aliens are commonly reported as being mostly male; but, sometimes female. Their skin is said to range from olive green, light brown, dark brown (i.e. reddish brown hue, e.t.c.) to jet black (i.e. sun scorched, e.t.c.) and they are sometimes reported to wear A). skintight single garments of silky material embroidered in many colors, B). loincloths, C) occasionally walk around naked, and D). dress in long Black hooded robes or in all black, e.t.c. During the Black Death (i.e. Black Plague, e.t.c.) of 14th century Europe Bantu humanoid type aliens with dreadlocks were reported to be on hills watching as entire towns died. Moreover, in France during the UFO wave of the 1600s a few contactees (i.e. Bernard Fontenelle, e.t.c.) reported descriptions of Bantu humanoid type aliens. Such claims increased overtime in the mid 19th century as in the abduction case of Amaury Rivera in 1988 and the 1994 Ariel school UFO landing in Ruwa, Zimbabwe where 62 school children witnessed dark skinned aliens. Bantu Aliens are still occasionally reported! Some sources such as A). the Holy Tabernacle Ministries refer to Bantu humanoid type aliens as Rizqiyians (i.e. Annunaqi Eloheem, Jehovah, The Anakim, e.t.c.), and B). fictional pirate Carson Napier of Edgar Rice Burrough novels describe Bantu humanoid type aliens as Amtorians (i.e. Venusians, Venesians, Venetians, Venerean, Cytherean, e.t.c.).

  • RM

    You need religion my friend. It will cure all the “heart diseases” that you have and everything will make sense and you’ll be at peace :)

  • Jeff

    What about Jediism? It is an official religion in Australia, and it’s primarily based on Jedi, as in George Lucas’ Star Wars. LOL!

  • What about Ekcanker?

  • Kris the Jaxist

    Jedi Knight 4th biggest religion in the UK

  • JC

    Jesus…..back

    and to prove I’m the real deal I explain (in all languages as promised) how I performed 2 miracles feeding the 5000 and the miraculous catch in my key video “the announcement”. More will be revealed in due course over the next few months as the world wakes up slowly to the reality I am back. Of course some will say I am an imposter but the reality is no one will wonder how the miracles were performed anymore as my truth will be embedded in the minds of man and everyone will know it’s the truth even if they deny me intheir hearts. Spread the video (facebook-Jayzus Christo, [email protected], email etc) if you want to speed up the coming of a world free of oppression, violence, paedophilia etc it’s going to happen but you can help speed it up. to doubt is normal but condemn me at your peril your name shall be noted. Those who muster faith and pass on the video shall be rewarded (perhaps despised by many but cherished by me).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1p9lwanuhOM

    Love Jesus

    PS. there is no contradiction between God and science as I explain briefly and succinctly
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sV_K-Lsjw8

  • tagg

    you left out the Church of Google

  • Worldend2012

    I’m surprised islam isn’t on that list!

  • the flying spaghetti monster religion should of been here just saying

  • dalton

    everyone stop fighting about whos religion is real or not its there descion not urs

  • Pastafarian

    Would God have cast Lillith out of the garden and made Eve to be submissive if he thought they were created equal? And you all wonder why Lillith is a powerful symbol of feminism.

  • Pastafarian

    What about Pastafarianism? They worship the flying spaghetti monster.

  • Notmybacon

    Being from Ga., I remember the nuwabians very well. I saw their “fairground” complex and was mystified by their (so called) credibility. How could this happen?

  • Mr. Today

    If this list was updated to the 2012, it’s possible Bronies would be in this list. Creepy people that hail Cartoon Ponies, most of people threat it like it was a religion, but, i don’t know.

    Also Hussieism.

  • zafadadynamic

    Why am I not surprised that this entire article turned into a giant argument in the comments? Oh, and just so you are all clear, extraterrestrial life existing is in no way like Christianity or any shit like that. It’s literally mathematically impossible for there not to be intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. Add onto that the billions of years the universe has been expanding and we’re looking at the oldest sentient species being no less than a million years old.

    For the record, both the religious and atheists piss me off because they just don’t shut the fuck up about it. We get it, you either don’t like religion are you believe in some shit without evidence. I became atheist when I was three years old and I still remember that entire day but I don’t run around all proud that I finally woke up to how deceitful human beings are. I just really don’t care.

    Another problem both sides have is that one only believes what’s written in popular science (even though academia frowned on the round Earth theory back in the day) and the other side thinks that everything is some inter-dimensional creature hell bent on the annihilation of the human species.

  • Sarah Qalinksy

    What about Maratreanism – http://sites.google.com/site/maratreans/

  • Digital

    i like you carrot

  • Digital

    christianity has lots of historical background in many nations to suggest its validicity. read the bible non christians with an open mind and may God grant you faith.

  • Julie

    Oberon Zell (nee Timothy Zell) founded The Church of All Worlds with R. Lance Christie. He had not yet met Morning Glory.

  • daniel

    Nuwaubianism is the best and coolest ever, got my girlfriend pregnant, had an anbortation so our child can live to take over the world

  • daniel

    jonny B is a shit cunt who believes in s-tology what a loser Nuwaubianism is the best

  • Gregory

    How old am I?

  • Simon Wilby Scam

    One adjective that defines Simon Wilby is smart. He is the CEO of Smart Power, Inc. He developed ?The Smart One,? a revolutionary lithium battery powered by solar for cell phones and ?The Smart Juice? which is energy with the same principle for lap tops.

  • Nathan Ukele

    it took 2 to 3 hundred years after jesus was transported into heaven for christianty to split into the now messed up group cathlics. catholicism warped the origional bible and its teachings into wrong ideas and false prophets. after that the reformation and the protestants were created and that split into all diferent forms of christianty with the wrong ideas and none of them used the whole bible most of them took small parts and took them out of context. then in the early 1900’s the pentecostal movement came out and they used the whole bible as truth and not just part of it as far as i know pentecostals are the only form of christianity to have the whole truth and are the closest you can get to the original christians which for a while to the place of jews when it came to being enslaved tortured and persacuted for their beleifs. if you want truth and proof that god exists and he alone rules and created man and this world first read the whole bible and second have faith that god exists. i beleive in heaven and that the only way to get there is to repent be baptized in the name of jesus christ and receive the gift of the holy ghost as is explained all throughout the books of Mathew Mark Luke and John. any time you think you just cant make it through life just pray and read the bible and god will reveal to you how to make it through

  • All religions are weird

  • Archer

    Lol… Look what crazy crack people will do for fame and money…lol… And that grey school of wizardry…hahaha…what does he expect to teach….to make fool of himself…hahaha…lol… They all are mad beyond imagination…so stupid….lol..

  • Lydia

    LOL Church of All Worlds seems kinda fun

  • alexandra

    What a bunch of morons, especially that woman who wants people to eat fetuses. She belongs in a nut house!

  • What about Mormons? and Jehovah Witnesses?

  • Name

    hello i find this religion very interesting and would love to get involved , here’s my email.

  • Rev. R. D. Maloney

    As the head of the Discordian Society i hereby demand that we be placed on this list!

  • michael

    Praise Bob! Anyone got any slack to spare? You know you don’t.

  • Hans

    They forgot Judaism.

  • someone…

    Stupid catholics! you make christianity look bad!!!

  • Keithman

    To all the people sh!ting on religion, let me explain. In the begining God created the heavens and the earth (this is believed by Christians, Jews, and Muslims.) the law was given to people (believed by Christians and Jews.) no one kept the law so God sent his only Son to be a sacrifice for our sins because He loves us and wants us to all go to heaven (belived by Christians and Muslims I think) while on earth the Son of God Jesus told us the two new commandments to love God and to love people, NO WHERE in the bible does Jesus say to kill anyone, at all, ever. This is the Christian belief, LOVE God loves you and wants you to go to heaven, so think about it.

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  • Dezzy

    What about Pastafarianism?

  • beebrabroargo

    Name

  • Ra1n3rs

    where is pastafarinism?

  • revbug

    how the heck did discordianism not make the cut? HAIL ERIS!

  • NENA

    CHURCH OF EUTHINASIA :I think you guys are all mentally retarded , how are you making websites if your first pillar is to kill yourselves .. YOU go kill yourself and enjoy burning in Hell forever and repeating that process in your grave until JudgmentDay you are all brainwashed by Satan he wants to lead mankind to hell so killing yourself is the fast lane ticket , Gets your brains checked and stop preaching Satans words to the people how bout instead of Killing yourselves EDUCATE YOURSELVES

  • NENA

    CHURCH OF EUTHINASIA :I think you guys are all mentally retarded , how are you making websites if your first pillar is to kill yourselves .. YOU go kill yourself and enjoy burning in Hell forever and repeating that process in your grave until JudgmentDay you are all brainwashed by Satan he wants to lead mankind to hell so killing yourself is the fast lane ticket , Gets your brains checked and stop preaching Satans words to the people how bout instead of Killing yourselves EDUCATE YOURSELVES

  • Anonymous

    If there is a God, he or “it” clearly is an idiot based on the idiocy and incoherence of its supposed plans. It only created a tiny dot of space called Earth where we could exist at all????? It gave more room to fish than people. It created more beetles than men. The Big Bang/evolution didn’t “create” us, they just tolerated us as a by-product and did not fry us with radiation like 99.9999999999999999999….% of the other objects in the universe. We are only here because the law governing everything is infinity.