Berkeley Barb (1970)
Two goddesses Pat and Nancy OM and their companion, Larry OM, announced the arrival of OM, Tuesday, on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley. Their leader sounded the cry:
“We are the OM United World Brigade come to announce the command of the OM Supreme Lord of the Universe. 6,000 years of guilt-consciousness are to be removed. We have come with our holy bodies to free you from your hang-ups, remove your fears.
“If dicks are lewd, if pussies are obscene, then God is lewd; God is obscene. For it is God who made the dick to fit the pussy; God who has made the pussy to fit the dick. They tell us to cover our bodies, to cover them in fear and loathing. But just as we have removed our clothing in freedom, so too can you remove your clothing of fear and guilt and raise copulation back to the divine level that it had before man’s folly and fear lowered it to the animal.
“They tell us that the sight of the naked body causes sex crimes, that rape, murder, and perversion will result from the sight of our nakedness. But OM tells us that we must restore our lost appreciation for our bodies, our repressed love for ourselves. For nakedness cannot cause crime, cannot cause evil. Nakedness announced to the world can only lead to the Holy Fuck, the reunification with the divine love.
“We do not announce the ‘Sex Orgy.’ We announce the true spirit of the high holy act of fucking. People must be free to fuck without molestation, without fear, without guilt. All prophecies are from OM. All of OM’s prophecies are true.”
The trio of servants of OM walked from Durant to Bancroft on Telegraph causing very little excitement on the Avenue, which evidently found the challenge of nudity easier to take than rocks and tear gas.
The more easily offended Berkeley Police, however, stopped the OM United World Brigade shortly after they hitched a ride at Bancroft. They were taken to jail, charged with failure to identify themselves and licentious and lewd conduct.
“OM lovers are safe from molesters and sex offenders,” said the messenger, “Once they realize this, thousands will heed the call and join the Brigade to shatter the myths of repression sustained for the last 6,000 years.”
Anyone interested in making the first step to heed the call of OM should inquire at 493 62nd St., Oakland, or call 655-6844. Donations for the bail of the arrested Lovers can also be sent to the same address.