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Raelian International Movement

Raëlianspush White House for alien embassy to save humanity

A pressrelease on April 2 (which led some to think it was an April Fool’s prank)announced that the Raëlians “weredelivering a project file to the White House with plans to construct an embassyfor extraterrestrial visitors.” The Raëlians have maintained for decades that the survival ofEarth requires the creation of such an embassy. They believe that we willdestroy ourselves if we do not prepare for the arrival of benevolent aliens whowill bring an era of peace. (ReligionDispatches, 4/6/15)[IT 6.3 2015]

Groupproposes construction of an embassy for extraterrestrials

The Raëlian Movement formally requested that the government of Portugal buildan embassy for extraterrestrials, with the proposed structure covering morethan an acre and including a lawn, swimming pool, meeting rooms, andaccommodations for intergalactic visitors. Folha.com, 7/17/15) [IT 6.3 2015]

UFO Religion Wants to Hand Out Pamphlets at Florida Schools 
Following an earlier report that the Satanic Temple plans to hand out its literature to public school kids in Florida on the heels of an Orange County School Board decision to allow an Evangelical Christian group to hand out Bibles, a UFO religion known officially as the International Raelian Movement is encouraging members to now go and do likewise.

Much like the Satanic Temple, the Raelians want to spread a message of openmindedness to Florida’s youth. Donna Newman, spokesperson for the Raelian movement in South Florida tells New Times that “It’s about equality for all. If society is just leaning towards just one specific doctrine, it’s not fair. Why can’t they open up their doors to other beliefs? Let the children choose, not just pound one doctrine into their heads all their lives.”

Still, Newman is aware of how people might perceive their group handing out literature to children. “The Satanic Temple, on the surface, seems dark and furtive, you know. … But, we truly believe children should not be forced into any one doctrine. That they are not pressured. That they decide on their own path when they become adults.” (New Times Broward-Palm Beach, 9/19/14) [IT 6.1 2015]

“…an embassy to welcome the Elohim back to Earth!”

The Raëlians recently have thrown open their doors to the cameras for the first time, after presenter Darren McMullen travelled to Croatia to meet the sect members living there. And as Glenn Carter, the man responsible for the UK’s Raëlian population reveals, there’s more to Raëlian life than alien ancestors. Like Scientology, Raëlianism is considered a “UFO religion” with similar theories on intelligent design and extraterrestrial life. Unlike the Scientologists, however, Raëlians are famous for espousing sexual freedom and scientific development, and they even claimed in 2002 to have produced the world’s first cloned human baby.

According to Raëlian Glenn Carter, “The main goal of Raëlians at this stage is to create an embassy in order to facilitate and welcome the return [to Earth] of the Elohim,” who they believe record every human memory and DNA on an advanced supercomputer. In preparation for that day, the Raëlians are in the process of creating an extraterrestrial embassy, which they hope to build in Jerusalem, to welcome the Elohim back to Earth. (Daily Mail, 5/9/14) [IT 5.3]

The Raëlians, who believe extraterrestrials created human beings so that mankind could experience joy, including sexual satisfaction, have established a clitoral-restoration hospital in Burkina Faso that is scheduled to open in March. The group already supports a San Francisco clinic whose surgeons claim they can restore sexual feeling and orgasms, although some physicians dispute this contention. The Raëlian nongovernmental organization (NGO) Clitoraid says it has a waiting list of 300 women from African countries where genital mutilation is practiced. (Herald Sun, 2/11/14) [IT 5.2] 

In March, health officials in Burkina Faso (Africa) shut down a “pleasure hospital” created by Clitoraid—a charity founded by the religious movement Raelianism for the purpose of reversing female circumcision. Lene Segbo, the minister of health, refused to sign documents necessary to open the hospital and revoked the licenses of doctors associated with Clitoraid. “Medical organizations should be focused on saving lives and not advertising their religion in an attempt to convert vulnerable people,” he declared. Like the Raelians’ previous initiative Clonaid, Clitoraid has been mired in controversy since it began. (Religion Dispatches (RD) Magazine, 4/2/14) [IT 5.2]

The Raëlian International Movement has caused a furor by declaring July 20 “Swastika Rehabilitation Day.” The group wants society to stop associating the symbol with the Nazis and instead see it as a symbol of peace and well-being, the meaning it has had for centuries among Hindus, Buddhists, Native Americans, and Jews, according to Raëlian spokesman Thomas Kaenzig. Raëlian International plans swastika celebrations in Africa, Australia, Europe, and a number of cities in the United States. Last year, the organization hired a plane to fly over New York and New Jersey with a banner equating the symbol with peace and love. “It got your attention, so it was a success,” said Kaenzig. The Raëlians’ own symbol combines a swastika and a Star of David. (Huffington Post, 7/7/13) [IT 5.1 2014] 

Six years after its inception, the Go Topless walk hit the streets of Montréal for the first time in August 2013. Eighty participants bared breasts and torsos to claim their gender-equality right to be topless. GoTopless is an initiative of the Raëlian Movement led by Claude Vorilhon, who openly claims to have met Yahweh, an extra-terrestrial being. Go-Topless along with swastika-symbol rehabilitation events rarely fail to get media attention. In 2005, two amateur documentary makers infiltrated the Movement, which they have qualified as a cult that employs sex as a recruitment tool. [IT 4.1 2013] 
Doubting her Catholicism, Diane Brisbois found the Raëlian Movement in 1976 and has since become a leader in the group with responsibilities in Ontario and Manitoba. Raëlians believe that the human race was created by extraterrestrials, called Elohim, who sent prophets from time to time—such as Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad, and Joseph Smith—to start new religions in order to help people survive and prosper. They say their founder, journalist Claude Vorhilon, is the latest prophet and the savior of mankind. Susan Palmer, a sociologist at Dawson College, prefers to call the Raëlian Movement a new religion rather than a cult. Brisbois, a human resource worker, says, “Raël said it is possible to become eternal if you do good things for humanity.” Michael Kropveld, who heads Info-Cult, which provides information on new religious movements, says, I think you have a cult leader that probably believes in the adage “No publicity is bad publicity.” I think he likes to be talked about and so if you look at a lot of the things they do, they’re very provocative and often geared towards getting media attention. For example, Vorhilon claimed several years ago that scientists with the Raël-associated company Clonaid had cloned a human child. The movement operates a vast network of ancillary groups, many of which, like Clitoraid, promote women’s empowerment. (Fringe, 12/7/12) [IT 4.1 2013] 
The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has ordered the school board of the Conseil Scolaire Catholique Franco-Nord to compensate three instructors it fired when the board learned of their association with the Raëlian cult. Daniel, Michel, and Sylvie Chabot were hired in 2006 to offer “emotional pedagogy” training sessions to Conseil Scolaire teachers, and did so through the Academy of Pleasurology and Emotional Intelligence. The Trubunal said that the board has discriminated against the three because of their religious beliefs. Daniel Chabot said that this is the first of many human rights complaints by Raëlins that was resolved in favor of the complainants. (LifeSiteNews.com, 1/3/11) [IT 2.1 2011]

Iranian Raëlian leader Negar Azizmoradi has fled the country, to Turkey, fearing for her life, after publicly declaring that there is no god and explaining basic Raëlian beliefs. A Raëlian spokesman said that Iranian government officials have contacted Azizmoradi’s family, in Canada, threatening to make trouble for them, and Azizmoradi, if they don’t cease all media activity. [csr 8.3 2009)

Mike Kropveld, head of Montreal’s Info-Secte, says the Raëlian movement’s renewed use of the Swastika intertwined with the Star of David is a desperate attempt to generate flagging publicity about the group, which claims 65,000 members; Kropveld says the true number is probably a few hundred. . . UFOland, the Raëlian “playground” in Québec’s Eastern Townships, and home of it’s peripatetic leader [Claude Vorhilon], is for sale for $2.95 million. The sect says its future is in the U.S., while observers say the sale is a sign of the decline of a sect known for its free-sex teaching and claim to have achieved human cloning. The Raël museum closed in 2003, and neighbors say the group’s activities have slowed in recent years. . . The isRaeli Raëlian Movement says it will open a Rabbinical school and welcome young former orthodox Jews who have been alienated from their families because “they have found the truth about our origins, thanks to our lectures.” [csr 6.1 2007]The Canadian leader of a “cult” which believes in UFOs has predicted that a human clone would be born within two years, despite U.S. government attempts to block it. Claud Vorilhon, now known as Raël, has said that his effort to clone a person is back on track. His company, Clonaid, was still in the process of recreating a terminally-ill man at a secret location (after abandoning a U.S. laboratory in the wake of a warning from the United States Food and Drug Administration that it would not allow human cloning experiments).[csr 1.1 2002]

“The process is going well,” Raël told journalists. “A baby will be born 12 to 24 months from now.” Dressed in white and with his hair swept up in a small knot, Raël said that fears of the human cloning producing “a monster” or “Frankenstein” were unfounded because faulty cells would be discarded in the Clonaid process. “My mission is to prepare human beings for future technology,” said the Raëlian leader, a self-confessed lover of the Internet and video games who was in London to promote his new book. (Reuters 2/14/02, Internet) [csr 1.1 2002][csr 1.1 2002]

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