Gather 'round again, Shmoopers. Julian is about to tell us the tale of how Bokonon became an outlaw on his own island.
A long, long time ago, Bokonon and McCabe took over the island, and the first thing they did was get rid of all the lawyers.
Wait, sorry, different story. It was actually the priests they gave the boot.
Then Bokonon invented his own religion. It would be a fake religion because "[t]ruth was the enemy of the people, because the truth was so terrible, so Bokonon made it his business to provide the people with better and better lies" (78.3).
But his religion needed some flavor. So, Bokonon suggested to McCabe that he make the religion illegal and punishable by the hook.
Then Bokonon whisked himself into hiding.
McCabe pretended to desperately seek the fugitive. But since everyone on the island was a Bokononist, and McCabe was in on the whole thing, they never caught him.