Beam Me Up!; Alien group backs Maori in race debate
Mar. 12, 2004
ReligionNewsBlog.com • Saturday March 13, 2004
A wacko alien sex cult has joined New Zealand’s race debate.
The Raeliens – who believe humans are direct descendants of aliens – are supporting Maori after National leader Don Brash’s call to end what he claims is special treatment for Maori.
The Raelians compared the Maori’s plight to the Nazi Holocaust.
“As it is the case for the Jewish people who still receive compensation from Germany for the killing and the looting of Jewish properties, the Maori people – who still bear the scars of their invaders’ oppression and discrimination – must be compensated adequately by the generations who benefit from the crimes of their ancestors,” says Kiwi representative of the cult Mark Woodgate.
And the cult – which has about 80 members in New Zealand – has been directed by leader Rael to support Maori.
“His Holiness Rael wishes to express his support to the Maori community who suffer a new surge of anti-Maori feelings following the recent declarations of opposition leader Don Brash.”
Ex-motor racing journalist Rael, who claims to have met his alien ancestors, is calling for Maori to revolt.
In a message passed on by Woodgate, the cult leader called on the Maori People to reject the religion of their colonisers and to “rediscover their roots and original religions”.
“For a Maori to continue to be Christian is to betray their own people – it is an insult to the memory of their ancestors.”
Woodgate said Pakeha had provided Maori with more problems than solutions and greater compensation was needed.
“The worrisome signs of Maori’s decline – suicide rates, alcoholism and drug abuse – show that not less but more is needed to help the Maori people survive their colonisation,” he said.
The Raelians are also known supporters of GE food and free love.
Raelians around the world have been promoting atheism for 30 years.
They have declared 2004 the year of atheism.
And they’ve organised a celebration with other atheist organisations in Rome on December 13 at the square where Giordano Bruno was burnt alive by the Catholic Church because he was an atheist.
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