Thursday, October 30, 2014

Raelism vs. Science: Raelian Baptism NOT validated by Science

From Oh no, Ross and Carrie

A Raelian website titled Scientific Raelian published an article last year claiming that the Raelian ritual of the Transmission of the Cellular Plan (TCP) or Raelian Baptism has been validated by science.

The Raelian article explains:
Raelian baptism is understood as a wireless transmission of the baptized individual's genome to an orbiting computer set up by the Elohim to record the information at the precise time of the ceremony.
In 1979, Marcel Terrusse, a chemical engineer and Raelian Guide, suggested that future science would be able to read human genomes by some kind of spectral analysis, every DNA sequence having distinct vibrational (sic.) properties. This hypothesis was largely dismissed as preposterous by mainstream scientists at the time.
The Raelian article then proceeds to link an article from the MIT Technology Review as evidence that Raelian Baptisms are scientifically plausible. It claims:
Today, 35 years later, Russian scientists have reported being able to distinguish DNA molecules based on how they vibrate. According to their research, DNA oligonucleotides resonate at frequencies in the terahertz range, which vary depending on the DNA sequence. Evidently, the method is still in its infancy and has only be applied to 50 and 100 nucleotide long DNA fragments so far. However, the proof of concept has now been established. (emphasis mine)
Following the link, one discovers how intellectually dishonest Raelian scientists are in their claims. It turns out that the Russian scientists did NOT identify the DNA oligonucleotides from wave-particles emitted by the molecules themselves, i.e. that they recorded the vibration and electromagnetic radiation that might naturally emit from molecules. Rael had written back in 1975 implicating that such waves could be recorded by the Elohim's computer orbiting the Earth. It is understood from Rael's writing that some kind of wave is constantly being emitted from a person that is transmitted to the Elohim's computer that records it.

Rather, the Russian scientists took "a short, single strand of DNA, [and zapped] it with terahertz waves and [watched] how it [vibrated]." The scientists basically blasted a strand of DNA with terahertz radiation and measured the reflected resonance that bounced off the oligonucleotides in order to identify them. In Raelian terms, this would mean the Elohim's computer picking up the resonance from a person after the former sends out some kind of energy towards the subject.

The MIT article explains:
Chernev and co’s idea is based on the way these molecules resonate. They say that the sequence of bases in an oligonucleotide determines the way in which the strand resonates at frequencies in the terahertz range. Their idea is to capture a single oligonucleotide in a cavity filled with terahertz waves that stimulates this resonant behaviour.
They begin by producing a signal as close as possible to the resonant mode. By measuring the output from this cavity, they can determine when the input spectra exactly matches the resonant modes of the molecule. That tells them exactly what sort of oligonucleotide they have.
The Raelian article references Raelian Bishop Guide, Marcel Terrusse's essay on this subject that appears in Rael book published in 1979. There, he mentions spectroscopy that can distinguish elementary particles after electrons emit light after being agitated by heat or another form of energy. It seems that a human body would have to be burned or electrocuted in order for such emissions to occur! Spectroscopy can also be used on radioactive elements or on hot objects such as stars. Terrusse also mentions nuclear magnetic resonance, which also requires an intense magnetic force bombarded on atomic nuclei to resonate the force back in order to capture an image (MRIs work on that principle). Yet, Terrusse concludes, "Thus the human body is an electric and electromagnetic wave emitter." (Intelligent Design, pp. 332-334)

One of the central tenets in the Raelian belief is that "huge computers" record every person's actions since conception to death in order to choose who will be worthy of eternal life (p. 171, 175, 192, 298). It assumes that these computers can record thoughts (and any brain activity). Raelism also holds the belief in telepathy and how long hair can facilitate the transmission of thoughts between people over a distance acting as an antenna (p. 36). However, for such a transmissions to occur, proximity to Earth is crucial since according to Rael's writings, the Ark of the Covenant was actually a strong nuclear-powered transmitter-receiver that facilitated inter-planetary communication between humans and the Elohim (p. 37). In the Raelian baptism ritual, an initiated Guide wets his/her hand and places one on the forehead and the other to the back of the devotee's neck to "establish a good electrical contact" according to Terrusse (p. 334), after which the Guide in intense thoughtfulness with eyes closed utters the words, "The Elohim has recognized you!" as if to telepathically seal the new initiate's fate.

One wonders why such pompous fanfare is required when the all-powerful Elohim's huge computers could establish who has become Raelian from their private thoughts alone. LOL


Advocatus Diaboli

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Rael's NON-VIOLENT NON-FATAL legal action

Rael says that to be non-violent does not mean we give up our rights to self-defense. He says, if someone intends to kill us, then we should render our assailant powerless through force if necessary, but never with the intent to kill. (Intelligent Design, p. 204)

But, at the same time, Rael says Raelians should sue people who defame or offend Rael and Raelism (please refer to Contact 252 which is also referenced in White Knights 2). A legal suit, for Rael, is the appropriate non-violent action of self-defense. For Rael, that's using one's strength non-violently; it's to reduce the power of someone who verbally attacks Rael by any non-fatal means. Rael's "means" here is the "non-violent" use of money. And not surprisingly, Rael has a good track record of suing his opponents left and right. A good portion of the IRM's (International Raelian Movement) budget is allocated to paying for legal fees.

 

So wait... what's the result of such a legal action? Money as compensation for slander/libel. Does this mean, people who defamed Rael actually stopped him from getting richer?? If a court decides in favor of Rael, he makes money while the accused loses money. Is that fair? How exactly did the accused harm Rael and his club? Did they steal Rael's money or infringed on his copyrights to make money? Or, did they just throw words at Rael? 
  
Shouldn't Rael and his minions retaliate with intellectual debate and public protests (burning my notes, for example) instead of taking legal action whenever someone unjustifiably offends or defames them? Isn't Rael using the power of money to silence his critics and take away their rights of speech... and even harming them emotionally and physically, especially when there is no evidence for defamation?

Is it my right of speech to say Rael is lying when he claims he met the Elohim? Am I lying? Am I defaming Raelism? If I believe in abiogenesis and biological evolution to be true, is Rael lying to me with his fantastic story? Is Rael defaming and offending Science instead? All one needs to differentiate who is in the wrong is evidence... Rael has no evidence of his alien encounter while science has ample evidence to back up its robust theories.

Can paying off legal compensation destroy an individual's life? Can it be life-threatening? Is suing someone really a non-violent and non-fatal action of self-defense?

The passage in the Messages advising the use of force in self-defense is actually referring to how to address an immediate threat of physical violence upon a person and not to defamation and/or offensive words. But when Rael justifies suing someone for supposed slander/libel, he is essentially being violent towards a non-violent person in the name of self-defense. However, if someone threatens to physically harm or kill Rael or Raelians, then it is clearly justified to use legal means to diffuse that threat.

With regards to forgiveness, Rael says he forgives those who ask for forgiveness and apologize to him. But, in his book, we find written instead:
Forgive those who have done you harm unintentionally, and bear no grudge against those who have willingly done you harm. They are ill, for one must be ill to harm one’s neighbor. Besides, think how unfortunate those people are, who do harm others, because they will not have the right to eternal life in the gardens of the Elohim. (p.204) 
In other words, the Messages advise Raelians to forgive even before someone asks to forgive them. Defend yourself against this, Rael!

As for Raelians, you are well versed in Rael's preaching of being responsible for every action you take... especially when it results in violence or a fatality. So, know that by giving Rael your money, which he then uses to sue people, you may be then be responsible for causing harm to others unjustifiably.

Advocatus Diaboli


p.s. Aren't Rael's critics helping him get rid of pseudo-Raelians who don't really "understand" the Messages he wrote? That's a "win-win" situation, no? : ) 

Friday, February 28, 2014

[RAEL FAIL] Japanophilia

In Contact 348 published April 2008, a speech by Rael in Tokyo expressing his unfaltered love for Japan is included:
I am happy to be here with you this year. I wanted to go back to Japan before going to see my father… I missed you so much. I don’t say that to make you happy. I love Japan and I say so everywhere in the world. Wherever I go, I always say ‘I love Japan’. I am not like politicians always saying what people want to hear. When I am in Switzerland or in America, I still say ‘I love Japan’.
Nothing wrong with loving a country, especially when the majority of one's followers are from that country. Rael currently lives in Okinawa ever since he fled to the island from the mainland when the big earthquake and subsequent tsunami caused the nuclear accident in Fukushima in 2011. It looks like Rael really loves it there that his right-hand-woman Brigitte Boisselier of Clonaid fame issued a letter urging Raelians around the world to give donations so that Rael can set up a Raelian commune of sorts in Okinawa.

But, he goes on:
Japanese are very special in the heart of the Elohim, very special. Elohim love everybody, but they have something special with Japan. Maybe it is because your culture is very close to Elohim’s culture. When coming out from his spacecraft, Yahwe didn’t shake my hands when he met me, but he bowed like you do. I was expecting to shake his hands. His face also looks like a Japanese face. Their civilization is all about beauty. Every garden on their planet was like Japanese gardens. Their food was beautiful, just like Japanese food is beautiful, not like Mac Donald’s food at all! Everything is beauty. They wear beautiful clothes that look like Japanese kimonos. Japan is very close to the Elohim’s civilization.
However, the following is what we find in the Raelian "Messages":
  "He smiled faintly, and I thought it best to return his smile. I felt rather ill at ease, so I smiled and [first] bowed my head slightly in greeting. He answered with the same gesture." (Intelligent Design, p. 6)
Do the Japanese "salute" as well? LOL
  "Having said that, the small man saluted me for the last time and told me that he would return only when all that he had asked of me was accomplished. Then he climbed back aboard his machine, and it took off and disappeared just as it had on other mornings." (p. 115)
"Japanese" Yahweh on the right
note the "gangsta" hand greeting, or is it "thumb sumo"?
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About Japan being similar to the entire Elohim civilization:

[Rael] "Are the seven provinces of your world similar?"
[Yahweh] "No, as on Earth there are [seven] different races and cultures. Our provinces were created and based on those races and cultures, while respecting the freedom and independence of each one." (p. 114)

Auto Pop and the 1973 Oil Crisis


The 1973 Oil Crisis likely caused Rael to reinvent himself as a UFO cult leader because his career as a race-car "journalist" was severely impacted.

Sociologist Susan Palmer writes:
"It is perhaps significant that Claude Vorilhon's close encounter occurred less than a month after his 2nd career [as journalist after being a singer] screeched to a hault through no fault of his own. On November 30, 1973, French prime minister Pierre Messmer announced on TV a series of drastic measures to limit speed on French roads and to suspend all automobile races and rallies. Claude's sources of funding, both his journal, Auto Pop, and his test driving, were cut off." (Aliens Adored, p. 34)

Rael's magazine skipped an issue in January 1974. In the December 1973 issue, Rael mentions the ban on motor sports. In the February 1974 issue, Rael turns political can calls his readers to vote the government out of office. It's possible that Rael had spent the time between the December and February issues to invent his fantastic story of meeting ETs. LOL

Auto Pop's last issue was in September 1974 (incidentally, Rael published his 1st book in the summer of 1974)...

[RAEL FAIL] He said, She said...

First edition of Rael's 1st book,
"The Book which Tells the Truth", July 1974
The following is an excerpt from Rael's 2nd book, Extraterrestrials Took me to Their Planet (Raelian Foundation, 1975) describing his first wife's involvement in publishing and distribution his 1st book, The Book which Tells the Truth (Raelian Foundation, 1974):

"Alarmed by the mishap [of Rael's original manuscript not being returned to him promptly by a publisher named Marcel Jullian] and by the growing pile of letters from people interested in buying the book containing the message as soon as it was published, Marie-Paul [Rael's first wife] offered to leave her nursing job to help me with the publishing and distribution of this exceptional document." (Intelligent Design, p. 138)

However, sociologist Susan Palmer informs us of some contradictions between Rael's claims and Marie-Paul's own testimony:

"[Rael] awards his wife credit for offering to leave her nursing job to assist him in the publication and distribution of “that extraordinary document,” but she herself recently told a journalist that she had been unaware of his extraterrestrial encounters until the book came out. She also complained that once the family moved into a large medieval cottage in Perigord, people responding to Raël’s message were constantly coming and going - or staying. “It was a big house with open hospitality. Whoever wanted could come, and I was the maid,” she said (Chantepie 2003, 11)." (Aliens Adored, pp. 36-37)

Check out also, Marie-Paul's testimony how she was married to Rael for 15 years and how he wrecked her life and their children's.

[RAELIAN DISINFO] Moon-Landing and the Qur'an


The quote above was taken from an old Raelian video introducing Raelism.

The actual quote from Rael's book reads like this:
"When humanity discovered the necessary form of energy to travel to the moon, it also came to possess sufficient energy to destroy all life on Earth. "The hour has drawn near, and the moon is rent asunder" it says in the Koran, Sura 54, Verse 1. Therefore, any day now, humanity can destroy itself. Only those who follow the last of the prophets will be saved from destruction." (Intelligent Design, pp. 216-217) 
Turns out, this is NOT a prophecy or metaphor by Mohammed... it was supposed to be an actual miraculous event that split the Moon in half to show off to the disbelievers... which never really happened. LOL.

[RAEL FAIL] From MADECH to RAELIAN MOVEMENT

In Rael's 2nd book (end of 1975), he boasts about his 700-strong organization called MADECH* (movement for welcoming the Elohim, creators of humanity):
"Two years! For almost two years now I have been trying somehow to radiate this truth, which is too great for me... There are seven hundred of them as I pen these lines, and I understand how this is both few and many at the same time... Who are these seven hundred? Are they, as the scoffers would no doubt love to believe, average simpletons who could be made to swallow anything? Not at all. Some of them are university graduates or people holding PhD’s in philosophy, psychology, theology, sociology, medicine, physics, chemistry, etc. My admiration perhaps goes as much to those who have no degree, since although they have not acquired knowledge through studying that would allow them to realize that living matter and people like us can be created scientifically, they are still able to feel it intuitively, as people capable of mastering matter and putting themselves in harmony with the universe that they are.
I must say that I am optimistic on the whole, and that I believe that I have so far accomplished the mission that has been entrusted to me. For whatever happens to me, MADECH is up and running, and nothing will ever be able to stop it." (Intelligent Design, p. 122)
He adds:
"It was during June 1975 that I decided to resign as president of MADECH, first of all because it seemed that the movement could now manage very well without me, and secondly because I thought I had made a mistake in structuring the organization in accordance with a 1901 law that likened the movement, which is of such importance to humanity, to a petanque club or a war veterans’ association." (p. 142)

However, according to sociologist Susan Palmer, MADECH was NOT running so well since its inception in September 1974:
"In April 1975, Raël called an emergency general meeting to restructure the organization, and the diverging aims of the leadership became apparent; a major schism was brewing. Charles Aymonier, MADECH’s secretary, complained that the members of the executive were awarding themselves honorific titles like “secretary general” and “administrative director.” At the same time, they were trying to lay down rules to rein in Raël’s charismatic authority and “mettre au pas le prophete” (follow in the steps of the prophet). MADECH officials were becoming less interested in what Raël’s extraterrestrials were saying and more involved in networking with other ufology groups and trekkies. To exploit the entertainment potential of the ET phenomenon, they were planning a moneymaking lecture series, with other contactees as the invited speakers." (Aliens Adored, p. 37)
In July 1975, Rael staged a purging of leaders which hampered his own creativity and established the "Structure" of guides we see today. Later, after Rael wrote his 2nd book, in January 1976, MADECH had lost 90% of its members who were plotting a schism against Rael:
"Two years after its founding, MADECH was still giving Raël headaches, and in January 1976 he asked Jean Gary to move to Paris to help him resolve the mounting tensions within MADECH’s executive. This was difficult for Gary, but he complied and discovered that the Paris directors were “comploter contre” (plotting against) Raël (20 ans, 39). Raël instructed Gary to read the “Prayer to the Elohim” from Raël’s second book at the general assembly, and to order the dismantling of MADECH. Gary had difficulty gaining entrance to the meeting without a pass, but once inside, he showed the gathering Raël’s letter and read the prayer from the stage. Total silence followed, then 90 percent of the members got up and walked out of MADECH (from “Ecoutons Jean Gary” in 20 ans, 39)." (Aliens Adored, p. 39)

Rael subsequently renamed MADECH to the Raelian Movement in February 1976 (Aliens Adored, p. 39). However, a footnote in Intelligent Design, claims that the name was changed in 1975:
"In 1975, with the authorization of the Elohim, Rael changed the name of the movement to the International Raelian Movement." (Intelligent Design, p. 379)
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*In French, MADECH stands for:

M: mouvement pour (movement for)   
A: l‘accueil (the welcoming)
D: des (of the)
E: Elohim
C: créateurs de (creators of)
H: l’humanité (humanity).’

[RAELIAN DISINFO] Rael's Disclaimer

In his disclaimer for selecting news for www.Rael-Science.org, Rael clarifies his position on the articles he selects: unless there's a comment by Rael, you are left guessing whether he supports it or not. He calls it "common sense"... but, many of his posts are from dubious and sensational sources that are filled with disinfo and pseudo-science [e.g. Rael frequently posts items from www.rense.comwww.naturalnews.com; www.mercola.com; www.huffingtonpost.comwww.dailymail.co.uk, etc.]. He finishes with a comment defending free-speech but misquotes Voltaire.


For someone whose brain has supposedly been modified by the Elohim to function at full capacity, how can Rael misquote Voltaire?? The quote above is attributed to Evelyn Beatrice Hall.  LOL
"Yahweh... then explained to me: ‘This machine will awaken certain faculties that lie dormant within you. Your brain will then be able to exploit its full potential. Sit down here.’ I sat down in the chair that he indicated, and a sort of shell covered my skull. I thought I was losing consciousness for a moment, and then it felt as if my head were about to explode. I saw multicolored flashes pass before my eyes. Finally, everything stopped, and a robot helped me out of the armchair. I felt terribly different. I had the impression that everything was simple and easy. Yahweh spoke again: ‘From now on, we will see through your eyes, hear through your ears, and speak through your mouth. We will even be able to heal through your hands, as we already do at Lourdes and in many other places in the world..'" (Intelligent Design, p. 171)
Perhaps, the Elohim don't have Google yet. : P


About not being anti-Jew or antisemitic or racist... here's Yahweh/Rael's latest message to the Jewish people:
"The [Zionists], I vomit them from my mouth. They are not even equal to the other non-chosen people. They are inferior to all living beings of the creation. They are not even at the level of animals. As such they don’t deserve to live in the Land of IsRael and they and their children for 7 generations are condemned to an eternal exile, to a permanent diaspora."
Yes, calling people lower than animals is NOT racist. : P


note: According to Rael, the Jewish "race" is the most superior and intelligent race... well, used to be!! LOL Check out: Adam & Eve were Black!

Raelism vs. Science: MARCEL TERUSSE's History of Humanity

Long-time Raelian Bishop Guide, Marcel Terusse proposed a "New Hypothesis for the History of Humanity" that was published in Rael's e-book Intelligent Design (pp. 130-132) by mentioning Richard Nehring's 1978 discovery of the "ring of oil" that plots major oil reserves on Gondwanaland (supercontinent more than 30 million years ago) and explaining it in light of the Raelian interpretation of the biblical Flood, i.e. Elohim nuking Earth.

Terusse contends that there was a "central explosion" around which this "ring of oil" formed and that the Elohim's bombs broke up the "original supercontinent". Yeah, right. X P

There are several problem's with Terusse's hypothesis:

First, the "ring of oil" is not exactly a circle as one would expect around an explosion. Also, according to Rael, the "Garden of Eden" was located near Greece and Turkey (p. 15)... that's hardly at the epicenter of the explosion.

Second, Nehring's map ignores other major reserves that don't fit in his weird oval or whatever... Behrendt (1983) critiqued Nehring's image and produced a more comprehensive map of world oil reserves based on older data. A 2000 USGS survey shows more detail. 



Third, Terusse and Rael assume a sci-fi variant of the outdated "continental drift" model and have no idea about "plate tectonics" which postulates how the stuff below Earth's thin crust is always changing it... check out: Raelism vs. Science: Pangaea

Fourth, Terusse misspells Nehring's name as "Nebring" and erroneously indicates the Hudson Institute (based in Washington DC) instead of the Rand Corporation (based in Santa Monica) as his employer. True, the origin of the Hudson Institute is tied to the Rand Corporation, but Nehring's 1978 report was published by the Rand Corporation. Of course, as with Rael, Terusse does not give any references. LOL

Fifth, fossil fuels take "geological time" to form... certainly not in a few thousands of years. Raelians can thus be branded Young Earth Creationists who like tie-dye. LOL

[RaelTV FAIL] Two New "LIES" About the Elohim

In February 2012, Rael made 2 "new revelations" about the Elohim in a RaelTV video:

First, Elohim don't continue to progress scientifically.
Number two, they don't travel in space anymore.


However, information in Rael's original writings in 1974-75 contradict the above (emphasis mine):


In the video, Rael suggests how intellectual pursuits do not lead to any happiness and that in order to be truly happy, one must stop studying and expanding their knowledge but instead just "be" without even thinking.

Are we to assume Rael's Elohim suddenly reached this epiphany only in the 40 years since Rael's alleged encounter? Or, has Rael figured out how to expand his membership base with more mindless and nonintellectual "happy" drones?? LOL