* JerkassWoobie: Alex. He's such an insufferable self-righteous prig that the TraumaCongaLine he endures seems almost like a justifiable BreakTheHaughty. Only after the character has won our sympathy with his troubles do we learn some of the things his "Churches United for Decency" stand for...
* WeirdAlEffect: The title is a ShoutOut to "Jurgen, A Comedy Of Justice" by James Branch Cabell, one of Heinlein's favorite authors.