I am now a legally ordained minister. I can visit people in prisons, park in the "Clergy Only" spaces at Disneyland, form a tax-exempt "non-profit" business and be exempt in the event of a draft. I can initiate marriages, commitment ceremonies, civil unions, and ordain others as ministers too.
"What?" you say, "Is he kidding me, or what?"
NO JOKE. THIS IS FOR REAL.
My credentials should be coming in the mail shortly. It didn't cost me a thing, and it only took three minutes of my time. How is this?
I visited the website of the Univesal Life Church. This is a church who will ordain anyone, without question, and mail you your ordination credentials to perform all the duties that only a minister (or judge) can perform...
And it's FREE!
Say hello to Reverend Greling, ladies and gents. I am legally able to used the title.
So what does the church teach?
1.) Do only that which is right.
2.) Promote the freedom of religion.
That's all, and you don't even have to relinquish your ties to any other religious institution.
It sounds like a joke, but these people people have actually been around since the late 1950's. They say that their biggest customers are evangelical Christian ministers. (One can guess where men like Jerry Falwell and Jimmy Swagarrt got their degrees!)
Give it a try and tell me what you think.