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.
"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
About Japan being similar to the entire Elohim civilization:
"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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[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)