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Raëlian history and beliefs are the basis for the central teachings of the Raëlian UFO religion. These have largely inspired by Claude Vorilhon, a former French auto racing journalist now known as Raël. Throughout the history of the Raëlian Church, members have advocated the use of masturbation, condoms, and birth control. Raëlians hope that genetically modified food and nanotechnology will allow humankind to eliminate the obligation to work, in a world that embraces science and technology. In 1997, Raël founded a human cloning company which received skepticism worldwide after it claimed to have cloned a human being. In 2006, he founded the Clitoraid organization to sponsor the repair of genitally mutilated clitorises. Vorilhon, other Raëlians, and their critics have characterized Raëlian Church as an atheistic religion that believes not in God, but in extraterrestrials who were seen by ancient people as their gods.

Active followers of Raëlianism have exhibited their sex-positive feminism and anti-war views through outdoor contacts such as parades. Raëlians meditate with the senses in large meetings known as Raëlian seminars. A Canadian journalist was disturbed by one of the exercises that it involved, which was masturbation.
Followers of Raëlianism are believers in Elohim, an advanced race of extraterrestrials who created life on earth. Raëlians are individualists who believe in sexual self-determination. As advocates of world peace, they believe the world would be better if geniuses had an exclusive right to govern. s believers of life in outer space, they hope that human scientists will follow the path of the Elohim by achieving space travel through the cosmos and creating life on other planets. As believers in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, they hope to extend life through cloning, however critics outside are doubtful of its possibility.

Raëlian structure members have set up exhibitions about their beliefs of extraterrestrial intelligent designers sending crop circles,[20] UFOs, and spaceships for their arrival at an embassy.[21] While there have been smaller meetings of Raëlians and non-Raëlians, annual Raëlian seminars have been typically larger.[22][23][24] Music has been a feature of large gatherings, where at night, Raëlians have had multiethnic cabaret performances.[25] Seminarists have used colored bracelets to indicate whether they wanted to be alone, be in a couple, or simply meet people.[26] Raëlian structure members who run the seminars have organized group exercises involving meditation with the senses. James R. Lewis—an authority on fringe religious movements—spoke of Raëlians who practiced sensual meditation and discovered "playing fields" where "radical self-reconstruction," "new forms of authority," and "new modes of self-relating" were encouraged.[13]

The seminars have attracted a diverse mix of sexually adventurous people.[27] KNBC called the annual Raëlian seminars "a cross between a nudist camp and new-age retreat."[28] Activities such as observations of one's own private parts and masturbation with them disturbed Brigitte McCann, a Calgary Sun reporter who entered one of the Raëlian seminars.[14] A Spanish television reporter saw Raëlian men and women in crossdressing plays.[29] Susan J. Palmer said a French journalist went to a Raëlian Seminar in 1991 and taped couples having sexual intercourse in tents. These tapes gained widespread negative publicity—with news stories that described these practices as perverted and a form of brainwashing.[30] Two young adults named Abdullah Hashem and Joseph McGowen were welcomed into a Raëlian seminar and had permission to videotape it. Hashem believes the footage they took makes it clear that the Raelian Movement is a cult that should disband. However, a Raëlian guide said in a Wired interview that he was not ashamed of the activities displayed in the video.[31][32]

The Associated Press shared its picture of half-naked Raëlian women wearing pasties as part of an anti-war demonstration in Seoul, Korea.[11] A photo by Agence France-Presse revealed Raëlians in white alien costumes with signs bearing the message "NO WAR ... ET wants Peace, too!".[12] Raëlians have also been reported in Nevada's Burning Man festival of 2006, as verified on the Burning Man website and mentioned in Raelian Contact Newsletter #321.[33][34]
Raël/Claude Vorilhon (right)
Raël/Claude Vorilhon (right)

[edit] Early years

The beginnings of Raëlian history goes back to the history of Raël, which concerns the origins of Raël, his personage, and his works, which developed from Claude Vorilhon. The personage purportedly began as the result of encounters described in Raelian Messages, mainly from The Book Which Tells the Truth (1974) and Extraterrestrials Took Me to their Planet (1975). None of these encounters are verified from a factual standpoint but it ties in to the beliefs of Raëlians.

Raëlian books are a primary source of Raël's history. Translated portions of the original text are distributed freely worldwide in 33 languages through HTTP.[35] Some of the books include the contents of multiple Raelian books and have testimonials, footnotes, updates, and hyperlinks appended to them. In addition to the Raëlian books, a Canadian sociologist named Susan J. Palmer writes about Raël's struggle to organize the young Raëlian movement.[36]

[edit] Founding

According to Raëlian beliefs, on the morning of December 13, 1973 (Julian Date 2442029),[37] Claude Vorilhon — who was at the time a professional test driver and automobile journalist for the Autopop Magazine — had a first meeting with an extraterrestrial humanoid, an Eloha (plural: Elohim), who landed a UFO within an inactive volcano called Puy de Lassolas near the capital of Auvergne, France (Clermont-Ferrand).[38]

Two days later, in the third meeting, an Eloha referred to similar insignias: one engraved his spaceship and one on his spacesuit. Both were formed by interlocked triangles which according to the Eloha, means "as above, so below" enclosing swastika which means "all is cyclic in infinite time". In Raëlism, the swastika symbolizes, "The choice between paradise, which the peaceful use of science makes possible, and the hell of returning to the primitive stage where humanity submits to nature instead of dominating and benefiting from it." This is the original emblem of the Raelian Movement which is used primarily in the African and Asian continents.[39]

Three days later, Claude Vorilhon meets Yahweh Elohim for the last time that year on a Tuesday. On that day, Vorilhon was given the name for the religious movement which he was to establish. The six-letter name is "MADECH", which stands for "mouvement pour l‘accueil des Elohim créateurs de l’humanité" or "movement for welcoming the Elohim, creators of humanity". It also stands for "Moise a devancé Elie et le Christ" meaning "Moses preceded Elijah and the Christ". The "New Commandments" presented to him on that Tuesday concerned the establishment of Geniocracy, Economic Humanitarianism, World Government, and his mission to catalyze these endeavors and to hasten the return of the Elohim[40] to Earth.[41]

In September 19, 1974, Claude Vorilhon held his first public conference Paris, France which attracted more than 2000 people.[42] Soon after, Rael founded and began to establish MADECH.[42] In December 13, this was brought into fruition as 170 MADECH members gathered at Puy de Lassolas and formed an organization of "a president, a treasurer, and a secretary" who each signed a 10,000 franc check payable towards the publication of the first Raëlian book.[43]

Susan J. Palmer commented that in UFO platform societies like the MADECH organization, there was no obligation of membership and commitment like those found in cults, but rather an open place where people could freely exchange their views and relate their experiences on the subject of UFOs. Only the first Raëlian book had surfaced at the time, and Palmer says it had comprised largely of a "creation myth and eschatology" but it had "no rituals, no priesthood, no experiential dimension, and no coherent system of ethics" which would lead to an organized movement that had any chance of committing to large projects guided by a leader.[44]

At the Place de la République in March 1975, Claude Vorhilon staged a purging of leaders which hampered his own creativity.[45] In the following month, Claude Vorhilon called for a meeting of the MADECH organization, which held its headquarters in Paris, and as its president, he conducted it with the intention to rid the organization from the kind of occultism and pseudoscience which contradicted his physicalist point of view.[43] In addition to this, the MADECH officials had an increasing desire to blend in with the rest of the ufologists and trekkies and were becoming less interested in the Raëlian view of Elohim extraterrestrials. A schism was becoming more apparent among the officials, and subsequently Vorilhon dismissed all of them. Their positions were replaced by an inner circle of seven people whose mission was to inform the public of the Raëlian messages and to raise funds for building an embassy for extraterrestrials.[43] Vorilhon says he resigned as president of MADECH by that June, because it seemed to him that MADECH could survive on its own and that he had made a mistake by structuring it into a form that he likened to a "petanque club or a war veterans' association." Then he speaks of a personal desire to settle in the countryside and write an autobiography of events happening prior to his purported extraterrestrial encounters beginning in December 13, 1973.[46]

[edit] Sightings

In July 31, 1975, along with his wife Marie-Paul and a devoted MADECH member, François, Raël sights a UFO near his new home in the countryside near Clermont-Ferrand,[46] the town he previously had lived in.[47] The glowing craft performed aerial start-and-go maneuvers along a zigzag path. Raël thought that this was a verification that the new location that he and his wife were now living in was the right place and time.[46]

In October 7, 1975, an hour before midnight,[37] after having a sudden urge to observe the night sky, Claude Vorilhon decides to go to Roc Plat, an uninhabited place between two brooks surround by a forest. A spacecraft suddenly lands and glows behind a bush. It was the same extraterrestrial he met in December 13, 1973. After a few words, he is taken up in that spacecraft with the Eloha and sent to a remote base relatively close to the solar system where he is given a resort-style relaxation treatment.[48]

On the morning of October 8, Yahweh Elohim gives a lecture to Claude Vorilhon about his current achievement towards the foundation of MADECH, the need for geniocracy, Buddhism, and about the ideas of God and Soul. After travelling to the Planet of the Eternals, which orbits around a very large star and has a climate similar to the rainforests of Earth, Claude Vorilhon and the Eloha have a meal with the major prophets including Buddha, Moses, Jesus, Mohammed. A guide then showed Claude Vorilhon the installations which houses machines for creating biological robots. He gives a picture of his mother which the machine uses to create similarly-appearing biological robot. In the night, Claude Vorilhon is introduced to bedroom his other house at the Planet of the Eternals and then is presented young, mature female biological robots. Before having reaching a climax, Claude Vorilhon wears a helmet which plays music controlled by his thoughts which the females danced to. Then the climax happens.[49]

On the morning of October 9, Claude Vorilhon takes a scented bath and that soon after, Yahweh Elohim (an extraterrestrial) presents Claude Vorilhon to a machine which maximized his faculties. Yahweh Elohim then gives advice to the one who has become Claude Raël. Claude Raël then spends a few more hours taking advantage of what that world had to offer while he was there, including meeting with the past messengers of the Elohim.[50] By midnight of October 10 (Julian Date 2442695),[37] 666 days after the first meeting with the Elohim and minutes after the last one, Claude Raël is back on Roc Plat.[51]

In the afternoon of October 7, 1976, at la Negrerie of France, fifty Raëlians witnessed cotton-like substances falling from the sky[52] which Rael says has a historical relationship to manna.[53] Rael says that manna was a pulverized synthetic chemical food made by the Elohim, and that it was sent to Israelites on the ground in similar manner during their journey through an artificial passage in Red Sea formed by a repulsion beam.[53]

[edit] Geniocratic movement

In 1978, Raëlians had a conference for the French press announcing their vision for a worldwide political movement for Geniocracy. In March 1978, one their members was voted onto the city council of Sarlat. However, in the previous December, the authoritarian nature of the Geniocratic model of government, the Raëlians being a sect, and the swastika in their logo prompted the police to seize documents in Raël's home as well as the homes of other Raëlians.[54]

[edit] Middle years

[edit] Claude Raël travels around the world

See also: Raëlian Church membership estimates

From 1980 to 1992, the Raël and his movement became increasingly global. Beginning from 1980, Claude Raël's fifth Raelian book Sensual Meditation was published for the first time and formal publication of the Raelian Messages in the Japanese language began[55] as part of the Raëlian mission to Japan.[56] Two years later, Africa became another target area in the mission to spread the Raëlian messages.[56] In May 1983, Claude Raël visited a famous landmark that survived the atomic bombing at Hiroshima, Japan known as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial.[57]

At sundown in 1986, in a restaurant next to Villa Pamphilli park—just outside Vatican City—Raël began claiming to members that he was the true pope and played a guitar hymn about extraterrestrials.[58] In 1990, Australians became the next Raëlian target,[56] and in 1992, Canada's Raëlians purchased 115 hectares near Valcourt, Quebec for a series of summer seminars in North America, and their leader gave it the name "Le Jardin du Prophète" (The Prophet's Gardens).[59]

[edit] First wave of sexual advocacy

Quebec remained as the epicenter for Raelian campaigns and testing of experimental ideas.[56] In December 1992, a project—Operation Condom—was launched in response to a veto of the Montreal Catholic School Commission against the installation of high school condom vending machines. A mobile condom vendor—a pink van dubbed the "condom-mobile"—was orchestrated by a Raëlian transexual. The transexual advocated the notion that extraterrestrial Elohim wanted the teens to live a long life of pleasure and criticized the commission by quoting statistics about teen pregnacies and sexually transmitted diseases.[60] About 10,000 condoms were distributed.[30]

In Montreal July 7, 1993, a conference about masturbation entitled "Yes to Self-Love" was hosted by Betty Dodson, Raël, and a Raëlian bishop.[61] Betty Dodson, who came to Montreal the previous month,[62] spoke about her dream of a worldwide masturbation campaign for the 2000 New Year's celebration. Raël described his view on self-love, saying it is how people become linked to the cosmos, while Daniel Chabot—a local college psychology professor—spoke about the psychological benefits of masturbation.[63][61] Chabot's statements, along with his status with the sect and his purported use of his psychological credentials to attract new recruits led to some controversy with a corporation. The corporation won the suit but was ultimately charged by Chabot.[63]

[edit] Raël's return to racing

In 1994, rich Japanese Raëlians rented a race car and showed it to Claude Vorilhon. They believed that it would generate publicity for the movement. Claude accepted the offer on the condition that the funding must not come from member tithes or embassy funding. So the funding of Raël's races which took place in the 1990s and early 2000s came mostly from well funded European and Japanese people.[64]

[edit] Calls for religious and tax-exempt status

In October 7, 1994, Raëlians began implementing their own version of baptism in front of a baptismal font inside St. Peter's Basilica, however, in response to Catholics' complaints, Vatican guards escorted the Raëlians to the exit gates of the city. In the same week, Raël purportedly handed a copy of his book Le Livre qui dit la vérité to Pope John Paul II.[58]

In March 1995, the Raëlians attained religious-corporation status in Quebec and was therefore eligible to apply for federal tax exemption in Canada. However the tax department refused the application since according to them, they did not meet the requirement of religions which believe in transcendental and immaterial beings. Raëlians made an appeal which did not go through. However, in the United States, the Raëlians' attempt to achieve tax-exempt status was a success.[65]
Raëlians at UFOland
Raëlians at UFOland

[edit] Recent years

[edit] Museum for the paranormal

In August 1997, UFOland—built by the Raëlians as the largest structure in North America made out of bales of hay—opened on their Valcourt estate. Its purpose was to inform the public about the Raëlian interpretation about the UFO phenomenon and to attract funds for the Raelian Foundation. The first room served as an attraction for their proposed Raëlian embassy for extraterrestrials. Audio visual presentations in six other rooms displayed teachings about the Raëlian message, sightings, and government cover-ups concerning UFOs. In 2001, UFOland was closed to the public. The reason given by the director for UFOland was that the revenue did not justify the costs—including two hour trips from Montreal.[66]

[edit] Anti-clerical campaigns

In July 2001, Raëlians on the streets attracted Italians and Swiss people as they gave leaflets in protest to over a hundred child molesters in existence among Roman Catholic clergy in France. They recommended that parents should not send their children to Catholic confession. The Episcopal vicar of Geneva sued the Raëlian Church for libel but did not win.[67][58] The judge did not accept the charges for the reason that the Raëlians were not attacking the whole of the Catholic Church.[58]

In October 2002, Raëlians in a Canadian anti-clerical parade held handed out Christian crosses to high school students. They were invited to burn the crosses in a park not far from Montreal's Mount Royal and to sign letters of apostasy from the Roman Catholic Church. The Quebec Association of Bishops called this "incitement to hatred", and several school boards attempted to prevent their students from meeting Raëlians.[68]

[edit] Advocacy

In December 26, 2002, Brigitte Boisselier, a Raëlian Bishop and CEO of a biotechnology company called Clonaid, announced the birth of baby Eve, a human clone, which at that point ignited much media attention, ethical debate, doubt, critics, and claims of a hoax. Spokespeople for the movement, such as Claude Vorilhon, have suggested that this is only first step in achieving a more important agenda, saying that that accelerated growth process and mind transfer, in combination with cloning are mechanisms by which eternal life may be achieved.[19][69]

According to the Japan Today of February 10, 2003, that Sunday, about sixty Raëlians celebrated with banners the purported birth of the first cloned babies: 1) a baby girl named Eve, 2) a daughter and clone of a Dutch lesbian, 3) a son and clone of a Japanese male. The small parade event began at Hiroshima Station and ended at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. In the article, figures by the observers and a representative of the movement suggest that one percent of Japan's Raëlians participated in the event.[70]

In August 6, 2003, the first day of Raëlian year 58 AH,[71] a tech article on the USA Today newspaper mentions an "unlikely ally" of the Monsanto company, the Raëlian Movement of Brazil. The movement gave vocal support in response to the company's support for genetically modified organisms particularly in their country. Brazilian farmers have been using Monsanto's genetically engineered soy plant as well as the Roundup herbicide to which it was artificially adapted. The Raëlians spoke against the Brazilian government's ban on GMOs.[72]

The Raelian Movement promoted 2004 as the "year of atheism".[73] In December 11, 2004,[74] Raëlians marched in the Atheist Convention in Rome. One of them said, "[Just as] children need to understand that there is no Santa, people need to realize there is no God."[75] In YouTube, Raëlians have posted videos in denial of the Holy Spirit in response to the Blasphemy Challenge. Despite their anti-religious leaning, Raëlians—who are philosophical materialists—believe that a trained mind can achieve telepathic communication with extraterrestrial Elohim.[76]

See also: List of people in Playboy 2000-present#2004

"The group of UFO believers wants to clone its most beautiful members"—the Raëlians—appeared in the October 2004 issue of Playboy magazine.[77][78] In April 12, 2005, Raël and a few of his partners had a meeting with Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner at his Playboy Mansion and were photographed in issue 269 of the Raelian Contact newsletter.[79][80]

[edit] Africa
Clitoraid event
Clitoraid event

In 2006, Raëlian Movement vocally advocated of the concept of a "United States of Africa" following a more honest and complete decolonization that would involve the disbanding of corrupt rulerships as a result of Africans returning to their non-Christian ancestors religious and territorial roots, which existed before colonization by Europeans.[81] However, Raëlians later emphasized that the word "Africa" was colonial in origin, so in December 28, an article in Raelian Contact 325 suggested a different name: The United Kingdoms of Kama.[82]

In the same year, the Raëlian Movement founded a public fundraising effort, Clitoraid, to pay for repairs of clitorises, especially for women in Africa where excision is rampant.[8] In January 2007, two female Raëlians Lara Terstenjak and Nadine Gary presented themselves for organization at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada to raise funds in support of the cause.[83][84][85]

[edit] Relocation of the North American headquarters

In February 2007, the Raëlian Movement put up for sale the UFOland headquarters compound near the small village of Maricourt, Quebec for $2.95 million (Can.). Their intention was to shift the headquarters to somewhere in the southern United States, possibly to Palm Springs, California.[86]

In May 2007, George Knapp, the Chief Investigative Reporter of the KLAS station, reported the sale of the Canadian retreat. The Raëlian Movement was relocating their North American headquarters to Las Vegas, Nevada. In Knapp's article, Ricky Roehr, the President of the Raëlian Movement in the United States, said the Raëlians chose Las Vegas because they thought that it was a happy and open-minded community. Knapp says the Raëlians plan to build a place or buy and renovate a hotel in order to conduct their seminars.[87]

[edit] Beliefs

[edit] Extraterrestrial Elohim

Further information: History of Raëlism and Raëlian Embassy for Extraterrestrials

According to the book The Message Given to me by Extra-terrestrials (now republished as Intelligent Design: Message from the Designers 2006 ISBN 2940252203), Claude Vorilhon found a spacecraft shaped like a flattened bell that landed inside Puy de Lassolas, a volcano near the capital city of Auvergne in December 13, 1973. A 25,000-year-old human-like extraterrestrial inside the spacecraft named Yahweh said that Elohim was the name that primitive people of Earth called members of his extraterrestrial race—who were seen as "those who came from the sky". Yahweh explained that Earth was originally void of life, with thick clouds and shallow seas, but the Elohim came, broke apart the clouds, exposed the seas to sunlight, built a continent, and synthesized a global ecosystem. Solar astronomy, terraformation, nanotechnology, and genetic engineering allowed Elohim to adapt life to Earth's thermal and chemical makeup.[88]

Yahweh gave materialistic explanations of the Garden of Eden, a large laboratory that was based on an artificially constructed continent,[89] Noah's Ark, a spaceship that preserved DNA that was used to resurrect animals through cloning,[90][91] They believe that the Tower of Babel, was a rocket that was to supposed to reach the creators' planet,[92] and the Great Flood, the byproduct of a nuclear missile explosion that the Elohim sent.[93] After tidal wave floods following the explosions receded, Elohim scattered the Israelites and had them speak the language of other tribes.[92][94]

According to Vorilhon, Elohim contacted about forty people to act as their prophets on Earth,[95] including Moses,[96][97][98] Elijah,[96]Ezekiel,[99] Buddha,[100][97][98] John the Baptist,[101] Jesus,[96][97][98] Muhammad,[100][97][98] and Joseph Smith.[100][97] The religions thought to be from Elohimic origins include Judaism,[96] Buddhism,[100] Christianity,[96] Islam,[100] and Mormonism.[100]

From the Raëlian point of view, religious texts indicate that the Elohim would return at the age of Apocalypse or Revelation (unveiling of the truth). Humans from another world would appear to drop down from the sky and meet in the embassy they have asked Raël to build for them and share their advanced scientific knowledge with humanity. Thus, one of their stated main goals of the Raëlian movement is to inform as many people as possible about this extraterrestrial race.[102]

[edit] Sensuality

Further information: Sensual Meditation

Raëlian winter seminar (February 2000) in Toulon, France
Raëlian winter seminar (February 2000) in Toulon, France

According to Vorilhon's book Sensual Meditation, one should develop the ability to break free of habitual thoughts that prevent one from appreciating everyday phenomenon.[103] The book describes in detail six different meditations involving make full use of the lungs capacity to expand and contract, oxygenating the blood and the cells within, imagining heat travelling upwards from toe the head, allowing the skin to feel under itself, and experiencing touch with another person's body and examining their figure.[104]

According to the book Maitreya by Claude Vorilhon, love involves experiencing different varieties and possibilities that allow one to break habits in order to make life more pleasant and interesting[105] and that it is the only thing which can stop war and injustice that persists in today's world.[106] Raëlians believe in the right to form new religions or new political parties as long as they do not promote violence.[107] As individualists, Raëlians believe that the one who gives the order to harm others is less at fault than the one who executes it.[108]

Raëlians say they encourage adult homosexual, bisexual, and heterosexual relationships and that society should recognize them legally.[109] However, government authorities such as those in Switzerland fear that Raëlians are a threat to public morals for supporting liberalized sex education for children. The authorities believe that such liberalized sex education teaches youth how to obtain sexual gratification which would encourage sexual abuse of underage children.[110] The Raëlians disagree with those fears and stated that sex education done properly would involve educating parents as well as children.[111]

[edit] Human cloning

Further information: Clonaid

In the scientific community, reproductive cloning refers only to the creation of a genetically identical living thing. "Genetically identical" does not mean altogether identical; this kind of cloning does not reproduce a living thing's memories or experiences, for example. However, in discussions of Raëlianism, cloning sometimes seems to refer not only to reproductive cloning, but also reproductive human cloning plus mind and/or brain transfer, or to a process of making adult clones.[112] Raëlians take this even further and say that humanity can attain eternal life through the science of cloning.[113]

According to the book Yes to Human Cloning, the first stage of this extended cloning process is creating a human embryo through human cloning. Raëlian bishop and Clonaid CEO Brigitte Boisselier claimed that an American woman underwent a cloning procedure of this type that led to the birth of a girl named Eve in December 26, 2002. National authorities, mainstream media, and young adults have increasingly investigated the church's activities because of Boisselier's controversial statements. The claims led to a worldwide debate[19] and condemnation by religious leaders.[114] Dr Donald Bruce, the Director of the Church of Scotland's Society, Religion and Technology Project said that the risks of cloning human beings were unacceptable and that it was unethical to attempt it. He noted that the claims were dubious due to lack of evidence.[115] Claude Vorilhon told lawmakers that banning the development of human cloning was comparable to outlawing medical advances such "antibiotics, blood transfusions, and vaccines."[30]

University of Wisconsin-Madison bioethicist Alta Charo said that even in other ape-like mammals, the risk for miscarriage, birth defects, and life problems remains high. Robert Lanza of Advanced Cell Technologies said that Clonaid has no record of accomplishment for cloning anything, but he said that if Clonaid actually succeeded, there would be public unrest that may lead to the banning of therapeutic cloning, which has the capacity to cure millions of patients. The Vatican said that the claims expressed a mentality that was brutal and lacked ethical consideration. The White House was also critical of the claims.[116] CNN reported on January 23, 2003 that many scientists expected that any human clone would encounter health problems. Scientists knew that many cloned animals suffer arthritis and ailments with the lungs and liver, and they were concerned that too many unanswered questions surround the prospect of cloning of humans safely. Clonaid set up press conferences in which they described their method of cloning, but they did not give any details.[117]

The second stage of cloning, according to Raëlians, is causing the clone to mature faster than normal. Raël says that in the future, scientists will discover an "accelerated-growth process"[118] in which a process like guided self-assembly of rapidly expanded cells or even nanotechnological assembly of a whole human body can form in a very short time.[113] The third stage is the transfer of memory and personality from the original person to the mature clone.[113] For the process to maintain one branch one personality and memory, as opposed to two, a recording of the individual's mind would be required before the time of death, and would be transferred to an adult clone body after the original has passed away.[113] Nevertheless, University of Missouri medical ethics professor Bill Bondeson thought it was preposterous that any clone could have the same personality and memory as the original.[119]

In the final stages of development, hitherto unknown information contained within undamaged DNA would be enough to bring others back from the dead[120] including their memories and personality.[121][119] This would be done by taking a small sample would be taken from someone's body and preserved at the time when the level of the brain's efficiency and knowledge is highest. On the day of death, a cell would be taken from the sample for the cloning to take place, and the memories and personality would be restored to their peak level.[122]

[edit] Government and economics

Further information: Geniocracy and Economic humanitarianism (Raëlianism)

According to the book Geniocracy, the form of government most effective for creating a worldwide political union is one that favors intelligence over mediocrity. While having a democratic electoral apparatus, it differs from traditional liberal democracy by requiring members of the electorate to meet a minimum standard of intelligence. The thresholds proposed by the Raëlians are 50% above average for a candidate and 10% above average for an voter.[123] Raëlians believe that a world government is only possible by the establishment of a global currency, a common language, and transformation of militaries of the world into civil police.[124] An anti-cult organization called Info-Cult argued that Geniocracy was a fascist ideology.[30] However, Geniocracy is not a political party because it allows for differing political viewpoints.[125]

In Raël's book, Extraterrestrials took me to their planet, Raël claims that an extraterrestrial gave him the idea of Economic Humanitarianism. Under the establishment of Economic Humanitarianism, people would not have ownership of businesses or exploitable goods created by others. Instead, people would rent each of them for a period of 49 years. The founders would be able to receive the rents for 49 years, but when they die, the remaining rents would be returned to the State.[126] By balancing inheritances, children would be born with enough financial means to foresake menial tasks for endeavors that may benefit the whole of humanity. Family houses could be inherited from generation to generation, free of rent.[127]

In his much later book, Maitreya, Raël says the road to a world without money is capitalism and globalisation, as opposed to communism. Capitalism would allow those who contribute much to society to also contribute to its scientific and technological development. Under capitalism, society would produce as much money as it can. The money would become important in the short run as nanotechnology quickly lowers the cost of goods while putting many people out of work.[128]

[edit] Raëlian cosmology

Further information: Raëlian cosmology
See also: Fractal

Raëlians do not believe in reincarnation as dictated by mystical writings because they do not believe that an ethereal soul exists free of physical confinement.[129] Instead the Raëlians think that advanced supercomputers of the Elohim are right now recording the memories and DNA of human beings.[130] When Elohim release this information for the coming resurrection, people would be brought back from the dead and the judgments upon them would be realized based on actions in their past life. People excluded from physical recreation would include those who achieved nothing positive but were not evil.[131] Vorilhon expressed an interest in cloning Hitler for war trials and retroactive punishment.[132] Raël also mentioned cloning as the solution to terrorism by suicide attacks, as the perpetrators would not be able to escape punishment by killing themselves if the Elohim recreated them after their attacks.[119]

Raël says that, "Everything is in everything." Inside the atoms of living things, he says, are living things made of atoms which themselves have living things made of atoms, and so on, to the infinitely small. The universe itself is contained in an atom inside of another universe, and so on, to the infinitely large. Because of the difference of mass, the activity of life inside in a living thing's atoms would undergo many millennia before enough time passes for that living thing to take a single step. Raëlians believe the universe is infinite and thus lacks a center. Because of this, one could not imagine an ethereal soul would go, due the universe's infinite nature. They believe that infinity exists in time as well as in space, for all levels of life.[133]

Raëlians believe that humanity would be able to create life on other planets only if it is peaceful enough to stop war. If done, humanity could travel the distances between stars[134] and create life on another planet.[135] Progress in terraformation, molecular biology,[136] and cloning would enable these teams to create continents and life from scratch.[137] Progress in social engineering would ensure that this creation would have a better chance of both surviving as well as having the potential to understand its creators.[138] Research on how globalization would occur on another planet would allow scientists to decide what traces of their origin should be left behind so that their role in life creation would someday be revealed.[139] The progress achieved by the science teams would ultimately sustain a perpetual chain of life.[140]

OK! This is off of Clonaids website!

CLONAID™: New cloning services

* If you are a sterile couple with no more hope of having the child you dream of,
* If you are a homosexual couple with a profound desire to have a child carrying your own genes
* If you are infected with the HIV virus and you would like to have a child carrying your own genes without passing on the virus to the baby nor to your partner,
* If you just lost a beloved family member and would like to see an identical twin of him/her live again
* If you want to be cloned, whatever your reasons may be,

then CLONAID™ has the right program for you.

CLONAID™ Activities:
"Our first goal at CLONAID™, was to develop a safe and reliable way of cloning a human being " Dr. Brigitte Boisselier, Ph.D. in physical and biomolecular chemistry and CLONAID's™ President. Since the birth of Dolly, the first cloned mammal, several other experiments performed on mice and cows, for instance, have shown that cloning is possible and leads to very healthy offspring.

CLONAID's™ scientists have done extensive research in order to define the best cloning process, adapted to human cells. We are very happy that we have been able to give birth successfully to five clone babies. We are now offering our services on a worldwide basis, in strict respect of local laws. If you want to reserve and be among the next ones to receive this service, please contact us.

Available now!!!! Your cells preserved for a lifetime!!!!

* If you want to keep your genetic material safe while you are in good health.
* If you want to be cloned one day.
* If you want to make sure that when you need to, you can benefit from a new organ generation and transplant thanks to your own genetic repair kit,

then INSURACLONE™ program is right for you.

How to get INSURACLONE™:
A CLONAID™ representative will come to your place or the location of your choice to collect cell samples of yourself and/or your loved ones. These cell samples will then be placed in a safe and confidential place, under cryogenic temperature and will remain there until you decide to use them. CLONAID™ guaranties complete confidentiality.

You can benefit from the insuraclone services for only $200 per year. An initial fee will be charged depending on your location and cell processing time. This service allows your cells to be preserved for a lifetime.
For further information please contact our biologist.

Your own genetic repair kit:
Each of us could have at our disposal a personal "genetic repair kit" in a very near future! Scientists have discovered a means to stop the evolution of stem cells before they become differentiated in the fetus. They also claim that they will soon be able to trigger the stem cells to evolve into specific organs. If a sample of your cells is preserved today, the genetic material it contains could later be used to generate new stem cells through cloning and, in turn, used to repair the defective organs that you may suffer from. This would prevent organ rejection since the genetic material would be yours and therefore compatible with your body.
Applications to diabetes, Alzheimer's disease and many others are anticipated.
Our unique protocol to produce stem cells will enable you to have this "repair kit" whenever needed. For more information, contact our biologist.

CLONAID™ is proud to offer a new service to infertile women: OVULAID™ that will offer eggs to women for as low as $5,000 (plus transplantation fee).
The right to choose the appearance of your future baby!
OVULAID™ will give women and couples the possibility of choosing their future babies from a catalog showing the pictures of the donor egg women, and even meet with the candidates before making their final choice so as to judge their personality and intelligence as well as their physical aspects!
Come and return to your country pregnant with the child of your dreams!
If you would like to buy eggs, or sell your own eggs for $5,000, please contact our biologist.

CLONAID™ will soon offer a new service: the cloning of pets to wealthy individuals who wish to see their lost pet brought back to life. This service will also be offered to the owners of racing horses.
CLONAID™ will be ready to start its animal cloning operation in the very near future.
CLONAID™ and other cloning companies:
CLONAID™ welcomes the involvement of other scientific companies in the area of human cloning and is willing to subcontract any laboratory wishing to be part of this research. However, such company must be located in a country where the study related to human cloning is not forbidden by law. If you want to apply for such funding, please contact investor relations.

I'm begging you PLEASE listen to me! These people are the DEVIL, if there is such evil it is amonst THEM, as in they not us! We need to heed the bibles warning where it tells us not to accept the mark of the beast meaning the microchip! We need to heed the warning of the bible where it tells us about men trying to take the roll of god. Talking about, "If you had a loved one past away and wanted to see a live version of he or she live again" "there is a program for you" makes me ill to just write about it! Literally it's sickening, who thinks it's ok to just CREATE a person in a world with already too many people, what are you going to tell them, who has that right to mutilate a child's psyche before they are born.

I believe whole heartedly that the whole NEW-AGE movement is a fraud, as in scheme by the new world order. They lie and twist everything about the truth and then spew it to the public in lies of aliens this, atheism that! They want the whole world to change away from the 3 main religions and form a single religion. We know that the Elohim is the mushroom, not Aliens, so therefore tell me why they are saying that Nikola Tesla's flying machine is being said to be an alien operated vessle!

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