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About the United Church of Bacon


About the Church

The United Church of Bacon is a real, legal church based in Las Vegas, Nevada with over 13,000 members worldwide.

We chose a funny bacon name to expose how wrong it is for society to give automatic respect and special legal privileges to religions. Is our saying we worship Bacon really any stranger than Catholics who say that communion wafers become the body of Christ? Unlike God, who is invisible, at least we can see Bacon. Bacon is demonstrably real.

Our name has nothing to do with a rude term for police officers. We respect the police and our founder is a decorated veteran.

We were founded in 2010.  We now have over 13,000 members from around the world.

Beliefs and Mission

9 Bacon Commandments

The United Church of Bacon holds to a list of 9 Bacon Commandments. We tried to make it 10, but ran out of space on the tablets and didn’t want to start over.

Our mission is:

  • We oppose supernatural claims. We are skeptics and atheists. In our religion, we doubt religion.
  • We fight discrimination. Atheists are not inferior and should not be hated and marginalized.
  • We raise money for charity
  • We perform legal weddings, always for free. How joyful!
  • We expose religious privileges as silly by claiming the same rights for Bacon.
  • We praise Bacon! If you don’t like pigs, praise Vegetarian Bacon or Turkey Bacon.

Missions Accomplished

We’ve accomplished so much!

  • We’re on track to raise over $100,000 in 2015
  • United Church of Bacon won best billboard in the Las Vegas Seven
  • More than 13,000 members, giving us mega church status
  • Became one of the fastest growing new religions in the world
  • Provided an avenue for public employees to report church/state violations at work
  • Provided wedding services for non believers
  • Exposed discrimination against wedding officiants who don’t believe in God
  • Raised $25,000 in 2014 for the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) and Secular Student Alliance (SSA)
  • Raised $24,000 in 2014 for the Secular Coalition for America (SCA) and American Atheists
  • Raised $12,000 in 2014 to fight cancer
  • Stopped illegal and dangerous parking at Calvary Chapel Spring Valley
  • Donated to former West Point Cadet Blake Page to further his education at another institution
  • Single largest contributor to Oklahoma tornado survivor Rebecca Vitsmun
  • Held second annual United Church of Bacon revival at Burning Man 2014.

Get Involved

Will you stand up for separation of church and state? To end discrimination? You can help!

Church Officials

john-whiteside-las-vegasJohn Whiteside, Founder, Bacon Prophet

John grew up in Alabama and Mississippi in the 1960s, where witnessing civil rights violations inspired him to fight for minority rights. In 1971 he joined the Marine Corps and graduated at the top of his class in fighter jets as a Marine. After completing his active duty obligations, he spent 25 years flying for major international airlines, starting at Eastern, and retiring as a captain for United. He transported more than one million passengers safely to their destinations. In 1991, John was recalled to active duty, flew 52 missions as an F-16 fighter pilot in Operation Desert Storm, and was awarded six air medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism in combat.

John is an advisory board member of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, and received their 2011 Thomas Jefferson Award. Since retirement John travels internationally, reads, and observes people all over the world.

He is the founder of the United Church of Bacon, which began as a concept among a group of friends  in Las Vegas in 2010, and became active when John began recruitment at TAM in 2012. The skeptics’ church has a serious intent, to fight religious discrimination against non-believers, to promote church-state separation, and to demand equal rights for everyone, regardless of faith.  Read more about John.

Heather Henderson, Bacon Prophet

Heather is a professional burlesque dancer, singer, model, filmmaker, producer and co-host of the Ardent Atheist and Skeptically Yours podcasts. In 2012 Ardent Atheist won The People’s Choice Podcast Awards in the religion inspiration category. She currently is a member of Penn Jillette’s No God Band and is a vocal activist for atheism and skepticism. Read more about Heather.

Emery Emery, Bacon Prophet

Emery is a 30 year veteran of stand up comedy with national appearances on Comedy Central and MTV. After touring internationally throughout the eighties and nineties, he was the host of radio show, “Mornings with Emery Emery & Rain” on KY102 in Kansas City.Emery is also a published author with “The Atheists Guide To Christmas”, host of award winning podcasts “Ardent Atheist” and “Skeptically Yours”, and producer and director of numerous television productions: “Jake Johannsen: I Love You”, “A Year Without God”, and “Play Dead” to name a few and the editor of the critically acclaimed film, “The Aristocrats”. Read more about Emery.

Kevin R Breen, Intergalactic Overlard

Kevin is a designer, entrepreneur, and community builder. He is co-president of Sunday Assembly Las Vegas.


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