The Invisible Pink Unicorn Movement
The Invisible Pink Unicorn (IPU) is a parody religion created by a group of atheists with the sole purpose of discrediting the beliefs of other organized religions. Its core message is that believing in something you cannot see or prove exists is a form of delusional thinking that besets followers of all religions. The group contends that worshiping an invisible pink unicorn makes as much sense as belief in God. Invisible Pink Unicorn followers satirically suggest that no one can prove their Unicorn God does not exist because she is invisible, and furthermore cannot prove she is not pink because no one can see her.
History of the Invisible Pink Unicorn
Between 1994 and 1995, a group of college students on an ISCA Telnet-based BBS took it a step further and created a manifesto for IPU. This manifesto outlined the outrageous beliefs of this satirical religion. While the beliefs sound ridiculous, they are internally consistent and are used to illustrate that just because man can devise a set of beliefs around any proposed deity – such as the mythical unicorn – does not make the deity real, and does not prove its existence.
The Invisible Pink Unicorn Manifesto
The manifesto for the Invisible Pink Unicorns contains five books.
- The Book of the Prophet April speaks to the nature of the great Unicorn’s pinkness and invisibility.
“… the Presence is too great for our small eyes to truly see, and too awesome for our small minds to comprehend. It is by our faith alone that we know her to be Pink, and a Unicorn.”
- The Gospel of St. Sascha explains the consequence of gazing upon the Invisible Pink Unicorn.
“If thou were to behold me thou wouldst surely die sayest the invisible Pink Unicorn for thou canst not see both my pinkness for it is invisible.”
- The Revelation unto Jerry Phillips exhorts him to witness to others.
“I have selected you for my messenger. Listen closely for it will be your responsibility to deliver my rules to your people in cyber space.”
- The Last Prophet of AOL announces signs that the Holy Pink Unicorn has visited you.
… ye have been especially blessed if you find that one of your socks has gone missing