The Creativity Movement (formerly known as the World Church of the Creator)
Founded by Ben Klassen, The Creativity Movement is a white supremacist "church" that is self-described as "dedicated to the survival, expansion and advancement of the white race." The Creator referenced is not God, but rather human beings–white ones, at least. James Logsdon, who calls himself "Reverend" on the site, has been imprisoned at least twice. Chicago Indymedia reports that James Logsdon is:
- Currently the elected "Pontifus Maximus" of the Creativity Movement (although there are many splits in TCM and many do not regard James as that capable or significant of a leader)
- Was former head of the "White Berets" which attempted to provide security for white power gatherings and rallies
- Was approached by the Secret Service about a possible plot to attack Obama and Obama supporters in Grant Park after the November 2008 elections because right-wing radio host and neo-nazi Hal Turner snitched him out
- Featured in "White Terror" a documentary on white supremacist movements calling for racial holy war
- Was convicted of reckless homicide in 1998 in which he was sentenced to six years, and was recently released in February 2010 after doing three months for a DUI and driving with a suspended license.
Moving right along, the next odd religion we're featuring called The Prince Philip Movement believes that Prince Philip of Britain is a deity:
According to Wikipedia:
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.
Here a short history of this church taken from their own website:
The Church of Euthanasia was inspired by a dream, in which Rev. Chris Korda confronted an alien intelligence known as The Being who speaks for the inhabitants of Earth in other dimensions. The Being warned that our planet's ecosystem is failing, and that our leaders deny this. The Being asked why our leaders lie to us, and why so many of us believe these lies. Rev. Korda awoke from the dream moaning the Church's infamous slogan, Save the Planet – Kill Yourself.
Every aspect of the deepening global environmental crisis, including climate change, poisoning of the water and atmosphere, reduction of biodiversity, and topsoil erosion, directly results from the over-abundance of a single species: homo sapiens. The human population is increasing by one million every four days, according the Washington-based Population Reference Bureau. This is a net increase of 95 million per year, the current population of Mexico."
The only commandment of The church of Euthanasia is "Thou Shalt Not Procreate," and the Four Pillars, according to their site are:
The One Commandment:
"Thou shalt not procreate"
The church advocates drinking your own urine and calls it the "water of life," and features a step by step procedure for butchering the human body. The site is quite shocking. Forewarned is forearmed.
Concluding our trip through the spiritually strange and interesting, is the Universe People.
According to Wikipedia, the group is
a Czech and Slovak religious movement founded in the 1990s and centered around Ivo A. Benda. Their belief system is based upon the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations communicating with Benda and other contactees since October 1997 telepathically and later even by direct personal contact. They are considered to be the most distinctive UFO religion in the Czech Republic.
Following the mass suicide of the members of the cult Heaven's Gate in 1997, the Universe People attracted the attention of Czech media as a group with similar ideology and potential to commit similar acts. The danger of this development has diminished in later years (2004). On several occasions, the group also managed to appear in the Czech and Slovak mass media.
Whatever theological disagreements we as human beings might have, there are always stranger ones out there. While we at GodDiscussion will feature these types of groups in the interest of education, we certainly do not agree with extremist groups in any way, shape or manner. Rather, we take the view of Lord Byron
I speak not of men's creeds – they rest between
Man and his Maker.
~George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage"