MADECH, Raëlism, Raelian Foundation
Claude Vorilhon (1946-), aka "Raël"
Claude Vorilhon, aka "Raël"
The group’s official site states that “On the 13th of December 1973, French journalist Rael was contacted by a visitor from another planet, and asked to establish an Embassy to welcome these people back to Earth....The messages dictated to Rael explain that life on Earth is not the result of random evolution, nor the work of a supernatural ’God’. It is a deliberate creation, using DNA, by a scientifically advanced people who made human beings literally ‘in their image’....References to these scientists and their work, as well as to their symbol of infinity, can be found in the ancient texts of many cultures.”
Raëlians advocate human cloning and a promiscuous lifestyle, among other controversial viewpoints. They seem determined to seek attention from the general public through promotion of outrageous and offensive ideas and initiatives.
The group indicates an organized presence in more than 80 countries, but this is suspect.
Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo (Republic), Congo (Democratic Republic), Côte d’Ivoire, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Liberia, Macau, Maldives, Mali, Martinique, Mauritius, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands Antilles, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Réunion, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Togo, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela, Zimbabwe
include Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Farsi, French, Italian, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Mongolian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese