SubGenius Mother Silenced by Activist Judge

The Rachel Bevilacqua case gains a new chilling twist. Bevilacqua, who lost contact and custody of her son due to pictures of her in blasphemous costumes at the Church of The SubGenius event “X-Day” has now been silenced by verbal order from discussing the case by the judge. Modemac has the full story.

“Since the news broke, people have been asking Magdalen to post the actual transcripts of the court proceedings, so that they can read Judge Punch’s words for themselves and verify that she was speaking the truth. The transcripts of the case were to become available by March 6th. However, for the entire week since March 3rd, Magdalen has been absent from the Internet, and she has not been able to make the transcripts available.

The reason for Magdalen’s absence (and the lack of the transcripts) became clear as of Thursday, March 9. On that day, I learned that the judge had ordered Magdalen to cease all communication on the Internet regarding her son. This was not a written statement – the judge had verbally ordered her to remain offline, and no written order was available. Magdalen stated that even though the order was verbal, the court considered it to be an official order from the judge, and so she has had to remain offline since then.

However, as of March 15th, Magdalen had obtained legal reputation from none other than the law firm of Lipsitz Green Fahringer Roll Salisbury and Cambria, LLP. (This firm includes Larry Flynt and Marilyn Manson among their clients.) Magdalen’s legal team is challenging this order. When the order is overturned and she is online again, she will have quite a story to tell.”

Considering a high-profile law firm has now taken the case, one can assume that Bevilacqua has been telling the truth about the judge’s intolerant outburst and biased ruling. It seems like the judge is now trying to minimize damage to the case and cover his ass. This case is of serious importance to religious minorities in America. If the “blasphemy” and “morals” of the dominant faith systems can be used as a club in custody or criminal trials then any legal gains modern Paganism has made in the last twenty years can be lost in the blinking of an eye.

For more on this case you can listen to an interview with Rev. Ivan Stang (founder of The Church of The Subgenius) on the R.U. Sirius show. For those wanting to directly help Bevilacqua you can donate funds toward her legal fees.

Related posts:
2.21.2006 It Is Happening Again
2.25.2006 Update on SubGenius Custody Case