What People Believe: Raelism
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Who? Raelism was founded by French born Claude Vorilhon, now known as Rael, who since founding Raelism has written many books on its teachings, such as Extraterrestrials Took me to Their Planet (1975) and more recently 2001's Yes to Human Cloning. Vorihlon founded Raelism when he discovered a spacecraft inside Puy De Lassolas volcano in Auvergne. There he encountered a humanoid extra terrestrial named Yahweh of the Elohim. Yahweh told him that his people tore apart the sky, built the continents and used Solar Astronomy and genetic engineering to adapt life to Earth's thermal and chemical makeup. What do they Believe? The central belief is that human life was created by extra terrestrial beings collectively called the Elohim. The Elohim is a Biblical term to mean "those who came from the sky". Raelism derives from the belief that these Elohim, when they came into contact with the human life they contacted, were mistaken for Angels, or extraordinary beings who taught significant wisdom to the human race. For example, extraordinary teachers, such as the Buddha, the Son of God, Christ, and Prophets such as Mohammed are all believed to have been Elohim sent out to inform people in different eras of life.
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- Vorilhon expressed an interest in cloning Hitler and others who committed suicide such as terrorists, for war trials and retroactive punishment.
- In 2002, Brigitte Boisselier chief executive of Clonaid, claimed that a human baby was conceived through cloning technology. Around this time, Clonaid's subsidiary BioFusion Tech claimed to have in possession a cell fusion device that assisted the cloning of human embryos.
- Raelism explains the writing of the Genesis in scientific terms. The Garden of Eden story is believed to be a synthetic laboratory; Noah's Ark was a spaceship that preserved DNA that was used to resurrect animals through cloning.
- Raelists believe that women should be allowed to go topless in public in the same way that men are without breeching indecent exposure laws.
- In July 2001, the Vicar of Geneva sued the Raelians Church for Libel, after protesters took , to the streets of Italy and Switzerland, handing out in protest to over a hundred alleged child molesters in existence among Roman Catholic clergy in France. The case was lost, as the judge did not accept the charges for the reason that the Raelians were not attacking the whole of the Catholic