If you got on Google at all today (or yesterday), you probably discovered that July 10 is the birthday of electrical wizard Nikola Tesla, the man dubbed both prophet and “electricity’s great radical.” But you probably did not realize, as I surely did not, that Tesla is also a canonized Saint. If that is news to you, then it is probably because you have never heard of FECHA: the First Electronic Church of America. Humanity entered the Electronic Era, FECHA teaches, on May 7, 1895, when Russian scientist Aleksander Poppov sent the first successful wireless telegraph message. History, since that time, has been marked by incredible discoveries and phenomenal developments. “We are all made of electrons…” is the Church slogan. Their goal is to link all of humanity into one great global community linked together “by the technology of electro-space.” Joining does not require an abandonment of any current belief; FECHA is a “non-affiliated ‘church’—in the secular sense: a gathering place for those who share common interest.” And since we are all made of electrons, they point out, we all, in a sense, already belong. In addition to Tesla, FECHA counts among the sainted James Clerk Maxwell, Samuel Morse, Guglielmo Marconi, Thomas Edison, Howard Hughes, and Bill Gates (though they also place him in Purgatory). Check out their web page here.
By Siobhan Chandler, Wilfrid Laurier University
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