It’s been a while since we wrote about the Raëlians, a sect based entirely on intelligent design. You’ll be inspired by their Message from the Designers. For one of our earlier posts, see Raelians, Sexual Robots, and Intelligent Design.
We like the Raelians, because they’re an excellent vehicle to illustrate that our opposition to creationism (and ID) isn’t motivated by hostility to any particular religion. Creationists are amusing, and except for the damage they do to their own children they’re totally harmless — unless they achieve their dream of political power.
Well, the Raelians are back in the news. We present to you, dear reader, some excerpts from A Group Proposes to the Portuguese Government the Construction of an Embassy for Extraterrestrials, which appears in Folha de S.Paulo, a Brazilian daily newspaper located in São Paulo — the most populous city in Brazil, in the Americas, in the western hemisphere and the world’s twelfth largest city by population. The newspaper doesn’t have a comments section.
We know you’re eager to learn what this is all about, so let’s get started. The bold font was added by us:
The Raelian Movement — a group which believes that life on Earth was created by beings from another planet — made a formal request to the government of Portugal asking it to build an embassy for extraterrestrials in the country.
A reasonable request. But what would an embassy for aliens look like? We’re told:
This space would serve not only as a diplomatic mission but also for the landing of spacecrafts. In a total area of 4,000 square meters (approximately 43,056 square feet), there would still be an expansive lawn, swimming pool, meeting room and accommodation aimed to the rest of the intergalactic visitors. Budgeted at US$ 40 million (approximately R$ 120 million), the project presented to the government was signed by the Portuguese architect Marco Antunes.
How did the architect determine that the embassy should include those amenities? Let’s read on:
The professional says that, despite having given hints in the work, the fundamental aspects of the project have been transmitted by an alien architect during previous contacts with some members of the group.
Okay. We continue:
Besides the benefits to saving the planet, the Raelians say that the embassy could help the tottering Portuguese economy. This construction, in their view, would attract direct investments and wealthy Raelians from around the world.
Are there wealthy Raelians? Probably. Successful, highly intelligent people would naturally be attracted to the movement. Here’s one final excerpt:
The goal is to have the embassy ready for the return of the extraterrestrials, scheduled for 2035. In addition to Portugal, other countries should be contacted. Brazil is also on the list and stands out, according to the Raelians, because of its religious plurality.
This is a big story, dear reader. You may be sure your Curmudgeon will be following it. Stay tuned to this blog!
Addendum: A few months ago they tried to get an embassy in the US — see: Raelians Push White House for Alien Embassy to Save Humanity.
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