The largest UFO religious group in the world, the Raelian Movement has issued an invitation to all interested humans on planet earth to attend an online meditation celebrating nonconformity and protest on May 27, 2012, 10a London time.
The Raelians were founded in 1973 by Claude Vorilhon who says he was contacted by the Elohim, the genetic founders of humanity. He first went public with these UFO revelations in 1974. Since that time, the Raelian religion has expanded steadily and now claims over 75,000 members in 85 countries.
In November 2011, Vorilhon, now called Rael, publically endorsed the worldwide Occupy movement proclaiming that it was time for all ‘ex-colonized countries to take revenge on the West.’ At the same time, Rael has been clear that he does not call for violent overthrow of governments and this public meditation, done in solidarity with Occupy actions which began on May 1, is obviously intended to demonstrate this non-violent stance. The Raelians are one of many progressive religious groups who have stated their support of Occupy.
The Raelian organization is known for its controversial stands supporting sexual freedom, human cloning and its unique position as an athiestic religion. In 2009, the Raelians won a court case against the Journal de Montreal for a slanderous undercover investigation intended to discredit them.
Rael currently resides outside of Montreal in Valcourt, Quebec in the Raelian compound, UFOland. Raelians have been a feature of life in Montreal for many years now. It isn’t known how many Raelians might have participated in the latest massive protests in Montreal, but it’s probably safe to say that Raelians were among the crowds of people striking in the middle of the city.