Last night the History Channel aired yet another installment of Ancient Aliens, making the time devoted to this ludicrous pseudoscience more than equal to the entirety of its American history miniseries, America: The Story of Us. This time we "learned" that the aliens are coming back, that the US government has been suppressing news of their return, and that the UN was founded as a clearinghouse to cover-up alien landings worldwide to prevent the collapse of "religion." Now given that the Catholic Church embraced the idea of aliens more than a century ago, I'm not sure what "religion" is specifically threatened by aliens, but what do I know? I'm still waiting for evidence that they a) exist and b) are here before worrying about their effects on Sunday night bingo in the church basement.
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