When I'm at Starwood, I always make it a point to attend the Reverend
Ivan Stang's "rants", always entertaining and thought-provoking. This time,
though, Ivan had a story to tell that was more frightening.
It seems that a lovely SubGenius
lass, Reverend Magdalen, is stuck in a custody battle with her ex over
their young son. Ok, sad, but common. What's uncommon is that the ex used
photos of her from the SubGenius's "X Day" celebration (held at the
Brushwood Folklore Center, same location as Starwood).
Apparently, among these photos are ones from a sort of "come as your
favorite deity" event. Reverend Magdalen had made up a cute little story
for her son, about "the Sky Goat" that eats the moon every month or
something, and made up a paper mache goat's head and costume. As well as
other photos of people indulging in good clean satirical and risque fun.
The judge repeatedly asked, "Why a goat? What's so significant about a
goat's head?" When Rachel replied, "I just thought the word 'goat' was
funny," Judge Punch lost his temper completely, and began to shout abuse at
Rachel, calling her a "pervert," "mentally ill," "lying," and a participant
in "sex orgies." The judge ordered that Rachel is to have absolutely no
contact with her son, not even in writing, because he felt the pictures of
X-Day performance art were evidence enough to suspect "severe mental