Centered around the worship of a colorful whale statue that is credited with breaking Utah’s historic drought, the Church of the Sacred Whale is attracting followers in the Mormon enclave.
A sculpture of a rainbow whale was erected at the intersection of 9th and 9th in Salt Lake City. The new church is devoted to worshiping the colorful sculpture. Believers are saying it’s no coincidence that the weather started improving right after the whale went up in the 9th and 9th neighborhood.
“If you don't believe in the Sacred Whale yet, with all this snow, you've got to believe in it," explained Riley Adamson, founder of the Church of the Sacred Whale of 9th and 9th. Everything good that happens in the weather is because of the Sacred Whale, and everything bad is that we just haven't had enough faith.”
According to the church’s website, “the Sacred Whale is a powerful and benevolent being and has been guiding and protecting us for countless generations. It is a source of wisdom, love, and strength, and can provide us with the guidance and support that we need to navigate the challenges of life.
“When we seek guidance from the Sacred Whale, we open ourselves up to its powerful energy and allow it to guide us on our path. We can connect with the Sacred Whale through prayer, meditation, and other spiritual practices, and allow its wisdom and love to flow through us.”
The new Church of the Sacred Whale joins other ‘fringe’ religious organizations such as the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and the Satanic Temple that are attracting believers and questioning the total absurdity of believing in an invisible, unprovable entity.
At least you can actually see and touch the ‘Sacred Whale.’