WATCHER DID A SEARCH ON THE INTERNET LOOKING FOR REFERENCES TO THE RAELIAN UFO CULT--THERE USED TO BE AN EXTENSIVE WEBSITE AT RAEL.ORG, BUT IT SEEMS TO DISAPPEAR WITHOUT NOTICE. WE PUT THEIR HOMEPAGE UP AT OUR WEBSITE WITHOUT CHANGING IT, SO THE HTML LINKS DON'T WORK. KEEP IN MIND WE DO NOT ENDORSE THIS CULT (in case this isn't clear ; ) ).
THE FOLLOWING TEXT IS FROM AN INTERNET SEARCH FOR RAEL.
Amy Lockhart (bm134@FreeNet.Carleton.CA) wrote:
this is from an article in the citizen, section B, march 6. just best bits, because i am a lazy fool.
... the Raellian church, named after Claude Rael, a former French journalist who says he was visited by space aliens in 1973.
Rael says he learned his father was an extra-terrestrial (his mother is an earthling) and was asked to spread the aliens' messages to the world... among these is the need for people to discover their bodies...
... adherents number about 100 local, and 32000 in movement (5000 Quebec) recently aquired religious status from the Quebec government.
... drew media attention for distributing thousands of condoms at Catholic high schools in Montreal, 1992, and for hosting a masterbation seminar a year later.
... every July they meet in Que.'s eastern townships for a camping retreat and workshops where nudity is allowed.
Ives, cult specialist says gvt. shouldn't have given them the religious organization status because the movement is scientific not religious. "I find it curious because they say they're atheists,"
... doesn't describe the movement as a cult but says members are increasingly pressured to respect rules and stifle criticism...
Raelians are working on a plan to build an embassy in Jerusalem for the return of the aliens.
The extra-terrestrials, who Bourque describes as people a little shorter than humans, won't come back until there is peace on earth.
"They'll decide when to come, but we know it will be by 2035."
most to all of this is directly from the citizen, excuse me copyright gawds for not using the proper quotations. looking for more info on them, please informe moi. amy
Subject: Re: the Raelian Church
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Modemac)
There's an interesting entry on the Raelians in Donna Kossy's MUST-READ book, "Kooks," which gives the story of Rael's visitation with the space aliens and his organization's attempts to build a temple in Israel to greet Them when They arrive. Unless they've received new orders from Out There, the aliens will only arrive if the temple is successfully completed by a certain due date. The Raelians have the right idea, but they've got the date wrong. The REAL date for the arrival of space aliens, of course, is July 5, 1998. 7:00 AM, to be precise.
I like the part in Miss Kossy's book that notes how the Raelians became politically correct when they changed their official symbol from a "star of David with a swastika in the center" to a "star of David with a spiral in the center."
And every time I hear the name "Rael," I think of Genesis' album, "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway." Did they have this Rael in mind when they made the album, I wonder?
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