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.
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