When I was 24 I ran my parents’ house like a commune. They were in Florida, and I had been tossed — yes tossed — out of my girlfriend’s apartment at 6AM whilst still intoxicated. At that time I was still in school, and they agreed that I would live in Chateaux Hall until I got my feet back on the ground.
It was one of the more pleasant times of my life.
Being the nerdy/geeky type of guy my friends and associates were of a similar disposition. For those glorious few months I had an open door policy: Regardless of the time of day, you could pop in and we would watch some Top Cat on Cartoon Network or simply hangout and have a beer and discuss Star Trek: Next Generation. (Yes, I am that old). It was great to have a place where people could hangout. It was an oasis.
(To tell you the truth, after my kids go to college, I plan to go back to living that way. Of course, if my long lost Uncle dies and leaves me buckets of money I’d be looking for new housing where I could restart my communal lifestyle and relive those halcyon days.)
But this isn’t about me.
This is about bacon.
The Church of Bacon.
Penn Jillette, the very tall and now very svelte Penn Jillette, wants to sell his home/personal retreat, The Slammer, to the Church of Bacon. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the organization, this is how they describe themselves.
The United Church of Bacon is a real, legal church based in Las Vegas, Nevada with over 12,000 members worldwide.
We chose a funny bacon name to expose how wrong it is for society to give automatic respect and special legal privileges to religions. Is our saying we worship Bacon really any stranger than Catholics who say that communion wafers become the body of Christ? Unlike God, who is invisible, at least we can see Bacon. Bacon is demonstrably real.
Our name has nothing to do with a rude term for police officers. We respect the police and our founder is a decorated veteran.
We were founded in 2010 by friends of magician Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller. We now have over 12,000 members from around the world.
Here is a short video where Penn talks about the magic of The Slammer, its history, and hopefully its future as a community center for atheists.
Starting October 6th the Church is going to start fundraising in order to buy The Slammer.
As many of the congregation already know, the United Church of Bacon (UCB) will start an Indiegogo campaign on October 6th to buy magician Penn Jillette’s former home dubbed “The Slammer” in Las Vegas and turn it into the international headquarters for the United Church of Bacon. The Slammer will become the “Nevatican” and will be the world’s largest atheist and skeptic community center. We plan on having noted speakers, book signings, weddings, baptisms, parties, community headquarters for Coalition of Reason (CoR) organizations and events, and as our fifth tenet commands “having fun” will guide future plans and goals. – John Whiteside, UCB Founder
I work seven days a week and write what often times amounts to obvious jokes on the internet (try to explain that schedule on a first date). Although I have my mind on my lack of money, and my lack of money on my mind, I plan to throw some shekels into the Indiegogo campaign.
I know, many of you suffer from a deluge of requests in your inbox for money. I’m the same way. However, I think there is a certain power to having a safe haven — in case you need an oasis.
And who doesn’t need one in the desert?