'UFO cult' infiltrated
Filmmaker secretly documents Raelians to expose 'brainwashing, sexual coercion'
A young filmmaker says he infiltrated the UFO cult known as the Raelians, and he's looking to blow the lid off the secretive group with footage he
shot while undercover.
The Raelians are reportedly threatening legal action to prevent release of the exposé
The documentary was produced by Abdullah Hashem, a half-American, half-Egyptian man from Mooresville, Ind., who just graduated from college this
Hashem, along with colleague Joe McGowen, attended a recruiting session for the Raelians, an international group which believes the first human beings
were cloned by aliens who visited the Earth in flying saucers 25,000 years ago. They contend these aliens, or Elohim – a Hebrew word referring to
God – will return to Jerusalem when there is world peace and an embassy has been built for them.
The group is headed by Frenchman Claude Vorilhon, a former race-car driver and journalist who renamed himself Rael after supposedly being visited in
1973 by a member of the Elohim. He described his visitor as being about 3-feet tall with long black hair, almond-shaped eyes, olive skin and exuding
"harmony and humor."
"We were afraid of them and that they would find out," Hashem said. "Some of the leaders didn't trust us or talk to us, and one of the top guys
seemed to be following us. I'm not sure that he was, but he would show up in odd places like when we were in Vegas on our own time."
Hashem says his film contains highly damaging evidence, and the Raelians have since discovered the secret filming, reportedly calling and sending
e-mails with threats of legal action should the movie be released.
Can anyone say nuts? Crazy? Looped?
This would actually be entertaining to watch I would think.
[edit on 14-8-2005 by edsinger]