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August 6, 2012

Wikinews interviews Brenton Clutterbuck

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Wikinews interviews Brenton Clutterbuck

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Clutterbuck stood for election in the electorate of Maroochydore, representing the Greens

Wikinews contributor Patrick Gillett recently interviewed Brenton Clutterbuck about his project on Discordianism.

“I’d like to add something to the knowledge base of what we know about Discordianism,” says Clutterbuck. “I want to work on a piece that follows a travel narrative structure.” In 2009, Clutterbuck was interviewed — by the same contributor — in his capacity as an election candidate.

Similar works include Voices of Chaos by Timothy Bowen.

Interview

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png: Can you describe Discordianism?

Brenton: I can somewhat.

Discordianism really depends on the person who practices it. As a general rule it’s a philospohy that divides reality into two parts; Order and Disorder. It says that both of these are illusions, but if we cut it into two parts it means we can play around with different aspects of reality. In Discordianism, the element of Disorder is regarder [sic] as more fun to interact with than the element of Order.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png: Do you follow this philosophy?

Brenton: I do yes. But part of following it really also means being skeptical of it. If you feel like you’re a bad Discordian for challenging or rejecting parts of the philosophy that don’t suit you, you’re missing the point. It’s very much a self-directed philosophical path, with a number of cheezy jokes thrown in to keep it fun.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png: What do you hope to achieve from this project?

‘The Prankster and the Conspiracy’ by Adam Gorightly

Brenton: There’s really not a huge amount of work about Discordianism out there. So I’d like to add something to the knowledge base of what we know about Discordianism. Especially in regards to the modern face. There’s some works that go into detail about the origins of Discordia, including ‘The Prankster and the Conspiracy’ by Adam Gorightly which gives a detailed overview of Kerry Thornley who was one of the two founders of Discordia.

But there are so many big exciting names in Discordia today whose stories haven’t been told in much detail, and I’d like to remedy that.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png: How long do you hope to take on this project?

Brenton: Possibly a year. A bit over half the year for meeting with interviewees and then another six months or so hopefully on the editing process. It starts in earnest 2013, but if you count the preliminary work going on right now it should be 18 months all up. I’ve already started some interviews with figures such as Professor Cramulus, St Mae, Peterson Silva (Brazilian Discordian who translated the Black Iron Prison text into Portuguese) Gavriel Discordia from the Discordian Culture Shop and others from further out, places like Sweden and Finland.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png: In what form will your project take (book, essay etc)?

Brenton: It should come out as a book. Hopefully I’ll also end up with some footage I can upload as well of the interviews I hold.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png: Where would you upload this footage to?

Brenton: Youtube. With the permission of interviewees.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png: So you know of any other people working on similar projects?

Brenton: I know Pope Timothy Bowen who I’ve already had contact with, worked on something similar with Voices of Chaos, a fantastic collection of interviews with contemporary Discordian figures. In contrast I want to work on a piece that follows a travel narrative structure, and spend some more time interacting with groups of Discordians worldwide.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png: Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Brenton: I’m self-funding this project. There’ve been some others out there who’ve been excited about this project and have said they’d like to help make it happen. So if anyone would like to help out, I do have a Pozible page going on that I’d be super appreciative of you linking to.
The Pozible page is found at: pozible.com/eris



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March 26, 2006

Georgia mother loses child custody over humorous religion

Georgia mother loses child custody over humorous religion

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Sunday, March 26, 2006

Rev. Mary Magdalen (Rachel Bevilacqua) of the Church of the SubGenius, a postmodern or parody religion, lost custody of her child in February of 2006, seemingly due to her involvement with the church. Church members are touting the judge’s response to her involvement with the church together with his decision as religious discrimination, and the ACLU is examining the situation.

Judge James Punch (Orleans County) allegedly denied custody of the child her son out of anger, after seeing videos of Rev. Magdalen in a bondage “dress” and papier maché goat’s head at the church’s X-Day celebration and performance art piece. Judge Punch repeatedly asked, “Why a goat? What’s so significant about a goat’s head?” When Rev. Magdalen replied, “I just thought the word ‘goat’ was funny,” the court then pressed her to explain how her actions were funny, finally concluding with the statement, “Obviously there’s nothing funny in those pictures.”

According to Rev. Magdalen, the judge reportedly lost his temper and shouted at her, calling her a “pervert,” “mentally ill,” “lying,” and a participant in “sex orgies.” Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.

Judge Punch ordered that Rev. Magdalen is to have absolutely no further contact with her son, not even in writing, after February 3, 2006. On March 9th, the judge issued a verbal order stating that Rev. Magdalen was to cease all communication on the Internet regarding her son, thereby preventing her from posting transcripts of the actual court proceedings (however, a transcript of her own testimony was made available on March 26th).

Rev. Magdalen has been a major figure in the Church of the SubGenius since 1997 when she and her son moved to Dallas, Texas to be with her fiancé Rev . Jesus (Steve Bevilacqua) and help keep the for-profit church afloat. The church members traditionally consider the for-profit arm to have “religious significance”, due in part to the church’s intentional parody of Scientology and New Age religions, and the church declares itself to be “the only religion that is proud to pay its taxes.” The Bevilacquas relocated to Columbus in 2004.

Religions or deities engaging in satire, such as the Church of the SubGenius, Discordianism, the Invisible Pink Unicorn, and the Flying Spaghetti Monster, have become significantly more widespread through the internet. However, the Church of the SubGenius is relatively old, dating to 1979, and gained much of its current popularity through its published books, including the Book of the SubGenius, and its Hour of Slack radio program. Discordianism is even older, dating to 1958 or 1959, and has strongly influenced modern non-satirical neopagan religions. Such religions are now generally termed “postmodern” instead of “parody”, as their followers frequently insist the religion is as real and valid as any other religion, but often accept the postmodernist critique of religious metanarratives.

Rev. Magdalen’s case has been profiled on a number of popular blogs and Internet sites, including Boing Boing and Fark.

Following the word of this case being spread on the Internet, Judge Punch recused himself without comment. The case is being re-assigned to another judge, and Rev. Magdalen will return to court next month.

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