Is The Church Of The Subgenius A UFO Cult?

dobbsI never thought of Bob Dobbs’ Church Of The Subgenius as a UFO Cult, but that’s how it’s described in this news wire release:

CLEVELAND (Wireless Flash) — A Cleveland-based UFO cult claims Doomsday is finally coming after years of false alarms.

The Church of the Subgenius is a satirical “church” supposedly founded by a man named J.R. “Bob” Dobbs in 1953. Today, Rev. Ivan Stang runs the parody cult, which has thousands of members who pay $30 to get in and receive “important-looking documents filled with made-up words.”

On July 5, Subgenius will host “X-Day” in New York, a bizarre ceremony to celebrate the end
of the world. Each year, they predict that Armageddon will come on July 5 and members will be saved by flying saucers carrying “alien sex goddesses.” These aliens will pleasure members for eternity, or Stang says they get triple their Church dues back.

He calls the party one last hurrah among “nerdy boys” and “weirdos,” though he’d be surprised if UFOs actually came.

They’ve been waiting for the aliens for 15 years straight, disappointing those who “truly
believe” time after time.

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  • Rev. Snazz

    It hasn't been 15 years, its been 12. X-Day was July 5th, 1998. The festivals prior to that were only drills, nobody expected the aliens to arrive early.

    • Word Eater

      Truth. I've never made it to an X-Day festival, but I remember eagerly watching the countdown on the website in 1998 and being slightly disappointed when the world did not, in fact, end.

  • Justin

    “I never thought of Bob Dobbs’ Church Of The Subgenius as a UFO Cult”

    uuuuuuhhhhh. have you read ANY of their material?!

    • http://disinfo.com Majestic

      Yes, it's a long-running and wonderful Discordian-style piece of mischief in my book, and I love it. Not a UFO cult though ;-)

  • http://unhub.com/drewt333 drewt333

    Yes, The Church of the Subgenius is a UFO cult, if that's your thing. If UFOs don't float your boat just ask around…

  • nemoide

    I'm a card-carrying high priest. I sometimes think the “joke” nature of it is too obvious, yet I'm continually astounded to find people who think it's in any way serious…

    • emptyvessel

      Is it not written “Fuck em if they can't take a joke”?

      ~Hail Eris, Praise Bob.

  • GoodDoktorBad

    What does exhalted Bob smoke in that-there pipe? Hmmmm?

    • http://twitter.com/eschatonik Chris Gsell

      Frop. 

  • tatergumfries

    Well, sure it's a UFO cult. That's how the Rupture happens — the end of the world and the beginnin of our new lives aboard the pleasure saucers. Them alien sex goddesses gonna grab us and stuff us in our cabins, then off we go. Soon as 1998 arrives for real, we'll be gone.

  • http://www.modemac.com/ Modemac

    Direct link for X-Day: http://www.modemac.com/x-day

    The Church of the SubGenius: http://www.subgenius.com

  • reverendrubinator

    I bear the mark of “Bob”! XD

  • connie dobbs

    Fuck Bob.

  • connie dobbs

    Fuck Bob.

  • http://twitter.com/eschatonik Chris Gsell

    Frop. 

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