As COVID-19 continues to keep most of the world shut down, there hasn’t been a lot of movement in the world of fake history and imaginary aliens. However, the Raelians offered a little bit of humor this weekend when they tried to spin a brush-off from the United Nations as a triumph.
The Raelians believe that ancient astronauts created the human race, and they venerate a race of supposed aliens called the Elohim under the tutelage of an ex-race car driver, Claude Vorilhon, who guys by the name of Rael.
Recently, Raelians contacted the secretary-general of the United Nations to urge him to add a new protocol to the Vienna Convention on International Relations to cover the establishment of extraterrestrial embassies. Rael has been interested in an embassy for space aliens for decades now.
The secretary-general’s office politely told the Raelians to buzz off, but the Raelians considered the dismissal as encouragement. They even titled their press release “UN office encourages the Raelian Movement to pursue their diplomatic efforts”! As they wrote in a press release:
''The response to our letter was appreciative, but explained that the United Nations is not able to act without the support of the member states, and recommended that we sent our proposal to all ambassadors of member states, which we did a short while ago,” said Daniel Turcotte, Rael’s assistant for the ET Embassy Project.
I’ve heard of winning by losing, but if that’s the case, these guys sure win a lot.
An Anonymous Nerd
3/31/2020 11:10:05 am
In many ways, the Fringe is a superb business model. Everything counts as a victory, or as vindication.
3/31/2020 02:45:22 pm
Your saying “The Fringe” but in this I would swap that for Surrealists and then swap that for Postmodern. That is the way “the game” of December the Subject is normalized isn’t it? It is to my mind I should say.
3/31/2020 04:43:33 pm
Raelian sounds like a very bad scifi sitcom similar to Alf, more so than a scary Alien type alien race. Maybe they can get Third Rock from the Sun cast members to help with it. Someone renaming thself after the aliens only goes to prove where his head is at. All of this trouble for a crash Soviet spy weather balloon over the US desert in 1947.
4/3/2020 06:25:32 pm
Belief is reality. For instance, if you believed and searched for, a conspiracy involving dogs and hydrants the evidence would be overwhelming. Try an experiment. Birds on a wire, in a tree, a coin found heads of tails. Whatever. If you put the thought, time and energy into the experiment, the evidence will be there. Keep it positive. Anything involving the world is against you, there may be that knock on the door.
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