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Is the church dedicated to Beyonce just a joke?

Compiled by Herb Scribner, Deseret News National Edition

Published: Fri, May 23 2:00 p.m. MDT

 Beyonce sings the national anthem at the ceremonial swearing-in for President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol on Monday. Some have suggested she was lip-synching. Beyonce has her own group of dedicated worshippers. They celebrate Beyism. But is this a step too far?

Beyonce sings the national anthem at the ceremonial swearing-in for President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol on Monday. Some have suggested she was lip-synching. Beyonce has her own group of dedicated worshippers. They celebrate Beyism. But is this a step too far?

(Associated Press)

She’s been a child of destiny, she’s been crazy in love, she’s been a dreamgirl.

And now, she’s got her own church.

Beyonce, the famed singer and celebrity, is now taking center stage for an Atlanta church called the National Church of Bey, Christian Today reported. The members get together and sing themselves some of Beyonce’s hits.

“Known to have some of the most dedicated fans in the world, whom she refers to as 'Beys,' Beyoncé has achieved not only global fame but a cult following,” Carey Lodge wrote for Christian Today. “Most would agree, however, that considering the pop star a deity is taking fandom to a whole new level.”

The founder of the church, “Minister Diva” Pauline John Andrews, struck back at critics of the church on the church’s website, which is more of a joke page than anything else.

“We are very disappointed in the failure of the public to recognize the existence of a divine Deity walking among them. Deity's (sic) often walk the Earth in their flesh form,” Andrew wrote. “Beyoncé will transcend back to the spirit once her work here on Mother Earth has been completed.”

There’s a even a word of Beyonce that the group promotes — called the “Beyble” — and is the main religious text of the church. And the church also has a commercial, which airs locally in Atlanta. In the 46-second clip, nifty graphics appear and spread the word about Beyonce and what makes her worthy of such praise.

This isn’t the first time that someone has praised Beyonce in such a heavy way. American LiveWire reported on Wednesday that a 23-year-old committed suicide for Beyoncé. Designntrend.com called the reports the “Ten Commandments gone wrong,” showing there are some signs that this religious joke might be going a little too far.

But Religion News Service’s Laura Turner wrote that much of this religion is silly and that it should be taken too seriously.

“On the one hand, it’s easy to find it silly, and it is silly in some ways,” Turner wrote. “Beyoncé is just a person — albeit a stunningly beautiful, collected, talented one. Worshiping her makes as little sense to me as worshiping Kanye or Alan Greenspan or Alice Munro."

Not many people have spoken against the church, as critics seem to think it’s more of a tongue-in-cheek thing than it is a real religion, Turner wrote. But there’s still plenty to like about the church.

“It remains unclear just what Beyoncé-worship entails, although once the temple is built the weekly hymns are sure to be off the hook.”

Email: hscribner@deseretdigital.com, Twitter: @herbscribner

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1. Hutterite
American Fork, UT,
May 23, 2014

With all due respect, look at what any religion brings to the table, especially as far as proof. This one, now how matter how silly on the surface, is no better than, and no worse than, any other.

2. BJMoose
Syracuse, UT,
May 24, 2014

I remember back in the 70's the formation of The Church Of Monday Night Football. It doesn't take a genius to figure out when their meetings were. This isn't any screwier than that was.

3. Dennis
Harwich, MA,
May 24, 2014

For members of the LDS faith how does the admiration of Beyonce differ from the actions and attitudes that many members have towards Joseph Smith? Pick a leader and run with it. It's what religion is, does and will always continue to do.

4. J.D.
Aurora, CO,
May 24, 2014

Our 11th article of faith allows people to worship as they see fit. It is not up to us to decide whether or not it is a joke no more than we like for others to call our beliefs a joke. 11.We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.

5. Hutterite
American Fork, UT,
May 24, 2014

We've worked hard to make sure sure religion doesn't see it's entitlements further eroded. So the followers of this religion are entitled to physical representation in the halls of the state house, court house and public square. And absolutely we just celebrated their right to be included in the prayers before a city council meeting. Failure to deliver any of these entitlements would be nothing short of an affront to religious freedom in america.