posted on Dec, 9 2013 @ 07:07 PM
(Apologies if this religious group has been covered here before, but I did a search and any previous threads I found were dating from a number of
years back, and contained some quite out-of-date information. I was also hoping this thread could focus specifically on personal experiences of ATS
members encountering The Raelians, which I don't believe has been covered before).
I've heard about this group a few times before, but then in recent years things seemed to go a bit quiet. Today though, I came across them again
online as their leader came out in support of Scottish independence (I am a Scot - we are having a referendum on independence from the UK next year).
It made me a bit curious and I did a search on who exactly they are, and what they believe in.
To summarise, their leader Rael claims he was visited in the 70s by an alien being who told him that humans were seeded on this planet at some point
in ancient history. Throughout our development, various representatives of this race have visited us to steer our history and guide our development,
including Jesus, Buddha, Moses and Muhammed.
On a site like this, I am sure many of you will be quite familiar with similar ancient astronaut theories. However, to those not as familiar with
conspiracy websites, this stuff could sound a bit eccentric, to say the least. But what is interesting, is that this organisation also promote a
number of political and ideological beliefs in the hope of advancing human welfare. These include promoting : gender equality ; a lack of
discrimination ; anti-war beliefs ; and a pro-democratic stance. They also believe that through the pursuit of knowledge and advance of science, we
can lessen the need to work so much, enabling us to become involved in more fulfilling pursuits. Furthermore, they also believe that science should be
used to pursue immortality (or at least a prolongued lifespan) and exploration of other planets.
So far, all of this sounds pretty good - right? Well, unfortunately this organisation has also been involved in some controversy over the years. I
have read reports that beautiful young women are used to lure potential new members into the group, who will then be relieved of their money. There
are also rumours of sex parties, and of the leader of the organisation (Rael) using female members to pleasure him sexually.
In recent years, some of you may also have heard of the Raelians a lot in the media when they announced that they had managed to clone the first
human. However, when asked to provide evidence of this, they refused - leading the scientific community to believe that the whole thing was simply a
ruse, and an attempt to court free publicity.
So my question to you all is this. Having read through a number of both positive and negative claims about The Raelians (many of which may well be
quite biased), does anyone on this site have any personal experiences of this group? I would be very interested in hearing your thoughts and