Monday, October 19, 2009

Cult Video Interlude, Part 2: "Atheists From Outer Space"

Sometime back in the early 1990s, I was walking through the fair city of Santa Monica with some friends, when we came across a flier taped to a lamppost. It said, "UFO Abductee Speaks!" or some such thing, right above a photo of a flying saucer from a 50s sci-fi flick. The venue was the Santa Monica Public Library. So, we all headed over there on the appointed evening and joined others to hear the story of the abductee. The auditorium was about a third full. We were greeted by a young, pony-tailed Frenchman who apologized that the abductee, a man who went by the name "Rael", could not make it to speak for himself. He then showed us a video explaining the story of Rael's close encounter with an advanced race of space aliens in the early 1970s. It also told of the aliens' creation of humans in a lab. Once I realized this was only a cult proselytizing event, I was sorely disappointed.

Anyway, here is Rael making an appeal during last year's "Blasphemy Challenge" phenomenon on the youtube. He claims the Raelian Movement as the "most important atheist organization in the world." Perhaps he's right. It is certainly the most imaginative atheist organization, even though Rael just happened to have his "revelation" a few short years after the release of 2001: A Space Odyssey, which dealt with the engineering of human evolution by space aliens. Coink-i-dink?

I do recall the Raelians wanted to build an embassy for the space aliens in Israel. I think their use of a swastika tucked into the Star of David may, uh, be a stumbling block in that endeavor.

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