It is fair to say that iconic pop star Beyoncé has talent, and her songs are enjoyed by many. The singer has declared herself a modern-day feminist, and her music, clothes and videos are the fodder of headlines and university courses.
But Beyoncé fangirling has been taken to a new level – she has now been dubbed a God.
A new “church” recently launched called “The National Church of Bey.” The mogul is not an official part of the church and has yet to comment on it.
Their alleged religion is “Beyism,” and their scripture – the “Beyble” – according to its website.
“We are very disappointed in the failure of the public to recognize the existence of a divine Deity walking among them,” the group stated April 11 on its website, a Tumblr site. It does not list a physical address for the “church.” Some reports indicate it’s in Atlanta.
“Deity’s often walk the Earth in their flesh form,” the post continues. “Beyoncé will transcend back to the spirit once her work here on Mother Earth has been completed.”
The group allegedly sees itself as a realistic religion, promising free copies of its “Beyble” to the public “soon.” No one has come out to say it’s all a big joke, yet. A handful of media outlets have reported its formation, but the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has yet to write anything about it, according to a search of its archives Tuesday.
It’s unclear exactly where in Atlanta the church meets, or how many members it has. Those interested in it are asked to email [email protected] for meeting times and locations. Its leaders did not respond to emailed requests by The College Fix on Monday and Tuesday seeking comment. Whether it’s one big hoax remains to be seen.
“As our congregation continues to swell, we ask that you consider what is more real; an invisible spirit on high, or a walking, talking, breathing Goddess who shows you her true form daily,” its website states. “While we do not believe Beyonce to be the Creator, we recognize that she still sits among the throne of Gods.”
“There is a lot of false information being spread about our beliefs, but we will correct all of the vicious lie-tellers. As Beyonce spreads her gospel through song and dance, her message provides uplifting, loving, and many times real-life happenings. We humbly ask you to respect our beliefs, just as you want those to respect yours.”
An April 15 post takes to task some who have called the church into question.
“These hypocritical ‘Christians,’ and we use that word lightly, know not of what they speak,” the website states. “Their lies are easy to see through. These women are not of God, but of the world. Bey can save you.”
According to a report in The News Nerd, the group’s founder, “Pauline John Andrews,” has dubbed herself the first Minister Diva of the National Church of Bey.
“There were 12 of us,” Andrews said. “We used to gather every Sunday and sing her songs together. One day, while drinking Moscato and smoking Beyha (marijuana), we analyzed one of her songs and came to the realization that Beyoncé is truly divine.”
John Wright, a religion professor at Point Loma Nazarene University and pastor at Mid City Church of the Nazarene, said that the church’s formation is not that surprising.
“Time magazine calls Beyoncé the most influential person in the world today,” he said in an email to The College Fix.
What’s more, Rutgers University recently debuted a course on Beyoncé. Called “Politicizing Beyoncé,” the Department of Women and Gender Studies’ class examines the singer as a “social change agent.”
Watch the church’s commercial:
College Fix contributor Samantha Watkins is a student at Point Loma Nazarene University.
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