Madonna of Orgasm Church

A court in Sweden denied artist Carlos Bebeacua attempted registration of his Madonna of Orgasm Church as a religious organization. From UPI:
Bebeacua has said the church is aimed at encouraging people to worship the orgasm as God. "The orgasm is God, the orgasm should be worshiped," Bebeacua said. "The orgasm is the ultimate feeling of lust, it shouldn't be limited to ejaculation. You can reach it through art or by looking at a landscape and thinking 'Wow!'"
Freedom of Religion Suffers Terrible Blow in Sweden



  1. What’s the criteria for being recognized as a religious organization? What makes one valid and another not valid? Scientology is the most recent example I can think of. Basically Hubbard just wrote a book, got it published and started his own religion from scratch with no historical precedent (like being an offshoot of an established religion).

    What’s to stop me from doing that and banning my followers from wearing pants, watching reality tv and staying sober past 1 in the afternoon?

  2. “You can reach it through art or by looking at a landscape and thinking ‘Wow!'”

    Four words come to mind: Ur doin it wrong?

  3. I’ve looked at works of art and said wow, but never in that shakey, out-of-breath way. Have I been looking at the wrong art all this time?

  4. #2 Toolbag

    I think the general rule is that the followers of your religion have to be prosecuted, discriminated against, torched, nailed to objects, cooked in oil, dissected and what have you not for the first few hundred years after you founded your movement.

    And even then, maybe.

  5. The issue here might have been relating to copyright or trademarks.

    “Madonna of Orgasm church” sounds misleadingly similar to a catholic sect, and it could be said to be trading on the latter’s reputation.

    Calling it “The Church of Orgasm” might have yielded a better result.

  6. I’m tempted to say that if this guy thinks you can reach the equivalent of orgasm “through art or by looking at a landscape”, then he’s never had a good orgasm…

    But then I guess he could turn it around and say I’ve never appreciated good art or a perfect landscape.

    I’ve seen a lot of art, and a lot of landscapes though…. I don’t know…

  7. The next time you shout “oh-god-oh-god-oh-god!”, remember Mr. Bebecua’s efforts in your “prayers”.

  8. #2
    I think the criteria is whether the objective is clearly self-gratification.

    For example, established religions that use peyote are fine, but new religions that center around peyote use aren’t. Similarly, if someone made a church revering alcohol where the only objective was to get drunk, that would get turned down, while other religions that use small amounts of alcohol as accessories to their practices are okay.

    Obviously, this is going to create a bias toward previously established religions, but I think that’s an acceptable risk given all the times people have made churches for tax benefits or for wringing every drop of money they can out of gullible people.

    Although I have to wonder how admitted self-gratification oriented churches like the CoS fared when they tried to get religious status.

  9. ok. then: wow.



    nope, still nothing.



    wow wowsers wowie wowacabunga….

    damn, i dunno.. maybe the swedish version of Wow is more powerful.

  10. I don’t mean to burst his bubble but I don’t think the government in any way, shape or form can dictate what religion you are or aren’t. Sure, they can accept the religion or not, but I doubt it’s going to change anyone else’s mind. Hell, I feel like moving to switzerland just to be apart of this religion, it must be good if the government doesn’t want you to do it right?

  11. They aren’t opposing the new religion. They don’t accept the name given to the church because they think it could offend Christians (the Catholic church is mentioned in the denial).

    This artist has pulled stunts like this before, he just wants publicity. But I must admit that I would like if someone serious started a Church of Orgasm.

    Really bad google translation of Swedish newspaper article.

  12. Orgasming from looking at landscapes? Weird.

    Although, there is this luscious hill at the other side of an expansive grass field and curvy water stream that I’ve been eyeing for a while…

  13. Old news: The name of the church was accepted in November 2008

    Another crappy google translation

    Seriously. I live in Sweden and read about 3-10 newspapers every day and I missed this completely. I don’t get what make Americans so interested in stories like this one. You know, a lot of interesting and thought provoking stuff happens in Sweden every day (as well as in the rest of the world), and yet silly publicity stunts like these is always what get most attention on the English language part of the ‘net (and usually on Italian and Spanish pages as well, what the heck do you people have in common?).

  14. This church won’t be labelled successfully under the banner of the Christian god because he claims lust is a sin. This sound like a satanic branch of the church of satan lol. Wouldn’t be surprised…

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