Spencer T. Laveen
"The Church of the Holy Mackerel" started after an unusual dream where an Angelfish told Mr. Laveen his mission in life was to start a new religion. The Angelfish said he should start recruiting members immediately. He awoke and found an empty bottle of Cod Liver Oil beside him. He took this as confirmation that his dream was real and started calling people randomly from the phonebook. After he gathered a dozen followers, and annointed them with fish oil, he sent them out to collect money for a church building. (Most of the money collected was from Christians who never questioned the doctrine. They just heard "church" and donated their cash.)
- Humans will become fresh water fish in the afterlife.
- Baptism should be followed by swimming upstream against the current.
- If you are not buried at sea you are in danger of an eternal fish fry.
- The Pygmy devil ray (Mobula eregoodootenkee) is our enemy and should be shot on sight.
- Women should wear fish net stockings when going to church.
- The card game, "Go Fish", is of the Devil.
- Members of the Church of the Holy Mackerel will be Kingfish someday.
Spencer T. Laveen was hit by a lightning bolt while fixing a flat on his Plymouth Barracuda in 2002.
The church disbanded and became extras in the 2003 Australian film, "Swimming Upstream" directed by Russell Mulcahy.