The Raelian tradition is unique among UFO
groups in that it offers a creation story that ties it to the sacred books of
the monotheistic traditions. The core idea is that the ancient Hebrew concept
Elohim should have been translated as "those who came from the sky" rather than
"God." The Elohim come from another planet and are responsible for the creation
of life on this planet.
Claude Vorilhon was the person chosen by the
Elohim to bring the news of humankind's origins to the people of the planet
Earth. The Elohim gave him the name Rael and also assigned him the
responsibility of telling the news of the return of the Elohim.
In his book, The Final Message, Rael
tells of his first encounter with the Elohim extraterrestrials. On the morning
of December 13, 1973, Claude Vorilhon was driving to an office in Clermont-Ferrand,
France, where he worked as a journalist for a racing car magazine. However, he
felt compelled to drive past the office and visit a nearby volcano in Auvergne,
When he arrived at the volcano, called
Puy-de-Lassolas, Vorilhon parked his car and proceeded to make his way on foot
toward the center of the crater, so as to stretch his legs and take in some of
the cool, misty morning air. Upon reaching the top of the volcano, he obtained
the breathtaking view of the village of Clermont-Ferrand and reflected in
appreciation that thousands of years ago the crater had shot out streams of hot
molten lava. (The Final Message,pg. 19) After this reflection, Vorilhon
turned to leave and walked back down the slope of the volcano....
Since first encountering the "Prophet Yahweh", only days ago, he has morphed from a soft-spoken, down-to-earth, friendly sort of fellow to, what now appears to be, potentially the most dangerous and damaging character ever to prowl the UFO community. With an ego bigger than his stature and a seething hatred of his critics, he uses a Southern sweetness to lull his listeners into believing his ability to "summon" is from ancient rituals used by the biblical prophets of old.His matter of fact delivery and pulpit zeal veil the deception of his claims of biblical truth, which he has weaved into a unique religious web.
reinforcing thiswith claims of angelic voices that are leading him as
shepherd to "his" chosen people, and proof of his ability to summon
UFOs. He has also now embarked on a great ministry as the only Prophet
of "the voice I hear that calls itself YAHWEH".Not only his obsession with the meaning of the name Yahweh, but
his constant uses of the heavily-emphasized YA - WAY throughout his
speech is almost intolerable in its repetition. He almost never uses
the words God, Jesus, Christ, or love, nor is he ever specific about
any details. Something terrible is going to happen, he has a great
mission, he is going to save his people, but never any hard fact about
any of it. Only when you dig does his unbelievable concept of his
ministry come to the surface.There is too much information contained in his writings to compose into a singleshort story, but the elements of his true agenda are easy to glean from his writings. We will list and link the documents available and comment on a few of the more disturbing aspects of each. It is important that you hear it, as he just said in a recent MP3 on his website, "from the horse’s mouth". One of the most important considerations to consider, especially for the leaders and shakers in the UFO community, is the irreparable harm he is now doing with his erratic behavior and wild claims of divine authority. He may be able to actually summon UFOs; the evidence seems to indicate this, but we must be vigilant and examine his motives. We will provide the evidence of what "he" says he's up too; you are the judge of its seriousness.
Spiritual notions centred on UFOs aren't always much further outside rational comprehension than are mainstream religious beliefs. The night sky affords visible affirmation of the infinity within which our minuscule existences operate. The possibility of extraterrestrial life somewhere in the vast universe doesn't violate ordinary logic. And in an era when technology is a god, it follows that a form of divinity may be conferred on some imagined, distant species of great technological advancement.Throughout decades of claimed UFO sightings and alien encounters, a modest number of fervent people have responded this way. Canadian photojournalist Douglas Curran once spent years driving around North America to meet them, the effort resulting in a 1985book called In Advance of the Landing: Folk Concepts of Outer Space.Under a predictably vivid quilting of eccentricity, the rural Alberta gas-station operators and California retirees who had built flying saucers in their backyards evinced an unexpected kind of poignancy.
While humans were poised to destroy themselves with their atom bombs, they believed, wiser alien brothers had harnessed technology to better ends, and these space creatures -- Jesus was often perceived as one of them -- represented hope.Is science fiction as a religion more fantastic than, say, the Judeo-Christian mythos? Lacking the weight of history or broad acceptance, it's certainly easier to ridicule. More to the point, its "prophets" are our entirely visible contemporaries, and its cultish excesses and hypocrisies are subject to present-day showcasing. Nascent Judaism andChristianity endured cataclysms, but it's unclear they could have survived CNN.Which brings us to a Quebec-centred UFO group and its leader Rael, the self-proclaimed son of an extraterrestrial named Yahweh and half-brother to Jesus, Moses and Buddha. There's little poignancy here, except perhaps for followers who lost marriages and custody of their children as the price of membership, or the young women who are proscribed from physical intimacy with anyone but Rael (and the extraterrestrials who created the human race via cloning).
Eminem's politically charged video for "Mosh" has earned him recognition as "honorary priest" of the anti-violence UFO cult, The Raelian Movement. Besides taking the top chart position this week for his album, Encore, Eminem is getting another top position as an "honorary priest" of the Raelian Movement. The group's founder, Rael, formerly known as Claude Vorilhon, has bestowed the title uponEminem for his anti-war video, "Mosh," which calls upon American youth to stand up against the Bush administration's war on Iraq."This is wonderful," says Rael, who started the controversial Raelian Movement in 1973 after he claimed to encounter a UFO.
"It will help reach millions of young people, who are otherwise uninterested by politics because they see the lies and hypocrisy coming from Washington, remember the truth about violence."The core idea of the movement stemmed from the belief by Rael and hisfollowers that the ancient Hebrew concept "Elohim" should have been translated as "those who came from the sky" rather than "God." The Elohim - a group of aliens from another planet - are believed by Raelians to be responsible for the creation of life on earth.