Suicide, cannibalism and sodomy? Or veganism, reproductive rights and equality?

Updated: Feb 12, 2021

A retrospective look at the the ideology of the Church of Euthanasia.

“What would you do if someone you loved wanted to join a cult that supports suicide, cannibalism and even eating the flesh of aborted babies”proclaims Jerry Springer when bringing representatives from the Church of Euthanasia to the stage of the infamous ‘Jerry Springer Show’, the crowd are aghast with a mixture of laughter and convulsion as three representatives from the Church of Euthanasia appear. All dressed in black, the founder Chris Korda dawning a rather fetching slim dress and black wig in the shape of the now popular ‘bangs’ hairstyle, Robert Kimberk (otherwise known as pastor Kim) smartly sporting a priest’s uniform while carrying a chicken crucifix alongside the now famous presidential candidate Vermin Supreme in a skeleton outfit, already a seemingly unusual combination of attire for people claiming to be of an organised religion.

The Church of Euthanasia was founded in 1992 as "a non-profit educational foundation devoted to restoring balance between Humans and the remaining species on Earth". They believe that the only way to save the planet from destruction is a voluntary mass reduction of the human population of the earth. On the face of it this manifesto seems reasonable, until you see the four pillars of the religion, suicide, abortion, cannibalism and sodomy. The Church as displayed in the Jerry Springer show in 1995 does not exist today in anything like the form it did at its birth, slowly fading out of the limelight bit by bit until it was forgotten along with all the other wacky cults and ‘religions’ of the late 20thcentury, but what if I told you there was a chance of the Church of Euthanasia coming back bigger than it ever did in the first place? Could this seemingly whacky approach to religion and environmentalism gain traction in the mainstream environmentalist movement?

First, it’s important to understand the differences between the philosophy of the church back in 1992 as compared with today and the reasons for these changes, to do this you need to know the philosophy of the Church of Euthanasia at the time of its founding. So, while you are here you may as well learn something edgy to tell your friends at that dinner party we’re all looking forward too after civilisation returns to normal.

After doing some research, Jerry Springer’s description of the Church seems to be a bit of an exaggeration, despite extensive digging I could not find anything pertaining to ‘eating the flesh of aborted babies’ as much as I admittedly would have liked to (anything for a great story am I right?!). In fact, upon further reading, the initially alarming four pillars when looked at individually start to resemble four movements which have been increasingly growing in popularity over the last two decades; right to death, the pro-choice movement, promoting safe sex and veganism. However, the churches website, which now serves as more of an archive than an active website, gives off the same air of shock factor as displayed on the Jerry Springer Show. Leading me to wonder why there was such a contrast between the Churches actual beliefs and their campaigning methods?

The Churches websiteis a glum affair, a classic late 90’s early 2000’s style site complete with a dull concrete block colour scheme, a live human population counter and a photo of Chris Korda licking one of the two towers during the 9/11 terrorist attacks with accompanying message “if you encounter things that shock or offend you, don't complain to us, because you have been warned”. Perfect bait for anyone easily triggered. I now know why the warning was required, highly likely it was put there to avoid a lawsuit from a Midwestern suburban parent after finding their child distraught from stumbling upon a photo of a Chris Korda’s penis by mistake. If your feeling adventurous and decide to take a look through the website yourself, take it from me, don’t watch the ‘church video’, you have now been warned twice.

Follow the links given for the ‘four pillars’ and you’ll find some off-beat literature about something loosely related to the heading, for example, after clicking on the ‘sodomy’ link expecting to find some propaganda on why it’s great to have anal sex and the odd blowjob I was surprised to find an extensive article on the health benefits of peeing in one’s own mouth, coupled with an equally graphic photo. The likes of which I’ll spare you.

Moving on to cannibalism and things become a little darker, displayed front and centre is the title “Butchering the Human Carcass for Human Consumption”followed by a detailed step-by-step guide on how to “break down the human body from the full figure into serviceable choice cuts of meat” written in concerning detail, genuinely making me wonder whether this man had first hand practice in this niche craft. Later discovering that this had in fact been copied from a deep web site - the chances being that it could have very well been from experience. Despite this being exactly what it says on the tin I didn’t see what this had to do with reducing the population after Korda clearly stated that this would only apply when someone had already died of natural causes.

The abortion section was the first of the three which made any attempt at making a case outside the realms of appealing to people with strange fetishes. What follows is a long rambling spiel for abortion rights which is more of an attack on Christians than anything else. Nevada Kerr proclaiming “Do not misunderstand! She means to do harm! You can invoke your insane and giddy god all day long. It will do no good. He has no power here! She who whets your appetite with sexual pleasures also whets the knife!”A strange method of turning people to your cause in the vast expanse of Christendom that is America.

Most interesting of all, access to the ‘suicide’ section of the website has been restricted to everyone except the website admin. Maybe they decided this was one step to far for Joe public to handle, or perhaps it something more sinister?