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Monday, April 03, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: The SubGenius Foundation, Inc. 1-888-669-2323
Fax: (216) 320-9528
UFO CULT GATHERS IN NEW YORK FOR APOCALYPSE
CLEVELAND, Ohio, April 3, 2006: The Church of the SubGenius has
announced that the end of the world will take place on Tuesday, July 5,
2005. In preparation for the fulfillment of this doomsday prophecy, the
Church is requesting that all of its members participate in a bizarre
religious ceremony taking place in upstate New York, during the final
weekend before the arrival of the apocalypse.
Since its inception in 1953, Church founder J.R. "Bob" Dobbs has
predicted that a fleet of flying saucers will arrive at the beginning
of July to destroy the worldwide Conspiracy against the Church of the
SubGenius, while all ordained SubGenius ministers will be rescued by
escape vessels piloted by the Alien Sex Goddesses, also known as the
The Church is inviting all of its members worldwide to gather together
for the final hours in Sherman, New York from July 1 to July 5, at a
clothing-optional outdoor campground called Brushwood Folklore Center.
The first gathering at this compound took place in 1996, and the event
has increased in size and participants each following year. 1998 was
designated the first true "X-Day," and each successive year has added
one to the total. This year's celebration in 2005 is X-Day 8, or X-Day
The Church has been engaged in a massive recruitment campaign to
increase the numbers of its membership before the arrival of the Xists.
According to Church records, the organization currently has
approximately 100,000 members worldwide. SubGenius recruitment has been
especially dedicated among the ranks of people who refuse to conform to
the norms of society, including disbelievers, blasphemers, pranksters,
rebels, hackers, pornographers, geeks, and outcasts.
The Church is seeking performers and producers from the adult
entertainment industry in particular, because sexual freedom has been
an important part of Church doctrine from the start. X-Day will be a
celebration of pornography and adult entertainment, and certain parts
of the event will be restricted to adults only. Only ordained ministers
of the Church of the SubGenius are allowed at the event, but the Church
is accepting memberships at its standard rate of $30 up until the final
hours of July 4.
The Church of the SubGenius has been no stranger to controversy since
its foundation, and the upcoming X-Day celebration promises to be no
different. In the late 1980s, members of the Church were accused of
spreading a virus in Macintosh computers known as the "Peace Virus."
Numerous articles have been written on the Church in such noteworthy
publications as the New York Times, Washington Post, Wired Online,
Boston Globe, U.S. News and World Report; and broadcast reports have
been produced by CNN and NPR. In April 1999, officials of the city of
Cambridge, Massachusetts shut down an official SubGenius Devival
gathering in the belief that the Church was affiliated with the
Trenchcoat Mafia (the organization blamed for the Columbine high school
shootings), though authorities later realized the association was
mistaken. In its January 1, 2000 issue, a Time magazine poll declared
J.R. "Bob" Dobbs the biggest fraud of the 20th century.
In addition, a new controversy took place in the early months of 2006
when one of the Church's highest level initiates, Reverend Magdalen,
came into conflict with the United States legal system. She found her
religious affiliations questioned in court, and her case has become a
cause celebre for free speech advocates nationwide. This case has been
covered in Boing Boing, Fark, The Wild Hunt, and Wikinews (Wikipedia's
news reporting service).
Detailed information about X-Day can be found on the World Wide Web at
the X-Day Web site:
The official home page of the Church of the SubGenius can be found at:
Updates to Reverend Magdalen's legal case:
Photographers, entertainers, production companies, radio broadcasters,
and all media producers are encouraged to contact the Church at its
Cleveland, Ohio headquarters at