I re-read Adam Parfrey’s Apocalypse Culture on Sunday, looking for bits and pieces that might have some relation to Easter.
You could say that the idea behind “The Process: Church of the Final Judgment” has something to do with death and resurrection, but that’s not why I chose to talk about them. I chose them because man, that dude looks like Jesus.
And by “dude” I mean Robert de Grimston, charismatic leader of the aforementioned “The Process”, a 1960’s religious movement somewhere between deep psychotherapy and satanism. With links to Charles Manson. And the Sun-of-Sam-murders. Possibly founded by german neo-nazis as a front to raise money in the states. The rumors just won’t stop. After spending the last hour researching their history through almighty Google, I can say a few things about them:
- I swear there has to be at least one episode of Columbo with that Jesus-y looking dude. He’s super-cool, shagging disciples and Columbo is like totally dorky and doesn’t know shit. In the last ten minutes, Columbo solves the murder case and Jesus is like “Uh-oh” and Columbo keeps smiling and chewing on his cigar. The End.
- Although Manson contributed “a meditation on death” to the Process newsletter, he wasn’t a registered member of any local Chapter. Some of the Church members visited him in prison and confirmed this. Whatever.
- There’s no evidence that links “The Process” to the National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD). Rather de Grimston and his partner, Mary Anne Maclean, were unhappy whith Scientology and left to create a movement of their own. Based on the teachings of Alfred Adler, the couple’s “Compulsion Analysis” served to heighten one’s self-awareness. Apparently they also used something called a “P-Scope”, not unlike Scientology’s “E-Meter”. Guess what? Scientology put them on their Shitlist (aka Scientology’s list of Suppressive Persons and Suppressive Groups).