Aliens Adored: Rael's UFO Religion by Susan J. Palmer

By Susan J. Palmer

"Skillfully weaving jointly enticing narrative and cautious sociological research, Susan Palmer has written a ground-breaking learn that might be the benchmark for all destiny stories of other religions."—James R. Lewis, basic editor of The Oxford instruction manual of latest non secular events and writer of Legitimating New Religions "Susan Palmer has a rare skill to probe past stereotypes and comprehend unconventional non secular and social events. Her most modern booklet admirably combines rigorous scholarship and sincere empathy in depicting probably the most poorly understood activities of our time."—Timothy Miller, college of KansasAliens loved is the 1st complete size, in-depth examine the Raelian circulate, a desirable new faith based within the Nineteen Seventies by way of the charismatic prophet, Ra?l. Born in France as Claude Vorilhon, the previous race-car motive force based the faith after he skilled a visitation from the extraterrestrial beings (the "elohim") who, in his cosmology, created people by way of cloning themselves. The millenarian stream awaits the go back of the alien creators, and meanwhile seeks to advance the possibility of its adherents via loose love, sexual experimentation, competition to nuclear proliferation and conflict, and the improvement of the technological know-how of cloning. Sociologist Susan J. Palmer has studied the Raelian move for greater than a decade, watching conferences and rituals and having fun with exceptional entry to the group’s leaders in addition to to its rank-and-file participants. during this pioneering learn she presents a radical research of the circulation, concentrating on problems with sexuality, millenarianism, and the effect of the medical worldview on faith and the surroundings. Ra?l’s radical sexual ethics, his gnostic anthropocentricism, and shallow ecotheology supply us a replicate in which we see how our worldview has been formed through the forces of globalization, postmodernism, and secular humanism.

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38 A L I E N S A D O R E D On August 6, 1974, Raël led a group into the Clermont-Ferrand mountains to meditate on the Roc Plat, a large flat slab of volcanic rock where he had met the Eloha. There, Raël showed them how to establish a telepathic link with the extraterrestrials—apparently with some success, for a message was received that MADECH was entering a turbulent period where harsh criticism would be directed against their prophet, to whom they must remain loyal. At MADECH’s next general assembly, in March 1975, held in a rented room at the Place de la République, Raël staged a purge of the leaders who wished to set up rules that hampered his creativity.

Claude signed a record contract and became a rising teen pop star on the radio. He took on a new identity, assuming the name Claude Celler, put out many records, and wrote a hit song, “La miel et la cannelle” 34 A L I E N S A D O R E D (Honey and cinnamon). He was saving up his money to buy a racing car, a dream he’d had since he was a young boy, but his prospects as a singer came to an abrupt end. Lucien Morisse, his sponsor, committed suicide in September 1970. Vorilhon decided to work as a sports journalist to gain access to the exclusive world of car racing.

According to Raël’s eighty-seven-year-old aunt Therese Vorilhon (Chantepie 2003, 10), Raël’s biological father, Marcel, was a Jew who fled Alsace during the Nazi regime in World War II to live with his Jewish relatives in Ambert. He returned to his wife and family in Alsace after the war ended, leaving his teenage lover, Colette Vorilhon, pregnant in Ambert. Marcel continued to visit Colette after “Claudy” was born, and when the clandestine couple went off on trips, they left the infant in the care of Colette’s unmarried elder sister Therese.

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