Raelians Archive

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Country stymies opening of UFO sect’s Clitoral Restoration Hospital

Raelians believe that life on earth was created by extraterrestrials called Elohim, who will one day return to earth to judge humanity.

Founder Raël (real name: Clause Vorhilhon), claims the Elohim created us in laboratories using their own DNA, and says we will soon be able to clone ourselves as well.

Matter of fact, in 2002 the sect claimed to have produced the world’s first cloned baby.

According to Raël’s beliefs, cloning would make reproduction through sexual intercourse unnecessary and outmoded, which is why he teaches that the purpose of sex is purely pleasure.

Sexual pleasure is extremely difficult or even impossible for women who have been subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FMG), a cruel practice that involves “partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.”1

In response to this practice — which occurs around the world, but particularly in Africa — the Raelians in 2008 decided to build a hospital in the West African country of Burkina Faso, where women could come to have their clitorises “reconstructed.”

The ‘Pleasure Hospital’ was built by Clitoraid, a Las Vegas-based charity founded by wealthy Raelians and backed by the International Raelian Movement.

The hospital was supposed to open earlier this month, but though country — the poorest in Africa — has allowed the hospital to be built, the government has refused to allow it to open.

Clitoraid's Pleasure Hospital

A team of American doctors have still been able to perform surgery on a few dozen women, using a different clinic. But the government of Burkina Faso has now also cancelled their work permits.

Clitoraid says it has submitted all the necessary paperwork, but the Ministry of Health now says there was a problem with the deadlines.

And that while Burkina Faso’s first lady, Chantal Compaore, was schedulted to attend the March 7 inauguration of the hospital.

Video posted last month by Clitoraid, announcing the March 7, 2014 opening of the hospital

Clitoraid says that the country’s about-face comes after

an influential doctor who is a member of a powerful Catholic organization in Burkina Faso wrote an extremely defamatory letter where he announced that the Ministry of Health and the Governor had been beseeched in order to prevent the opening of the center, simply because of Clitoraid’s affiliation with the Raelian Movement.

The Independent writes that French-Canadian doctor Brigitte Boisselier, a prominent Raëlian and president of Clitoraid (and, way back when, also president of Clonaid — the laboratory that claimed it had produced a cloned baby) blames the “Catholic Church and its cronies, who are conducting a smear campaign against our wonderful mission for their own selfish motives.” The Catholic Church in Burkina Faso has dismissed this as “poisonous rumour”.

Fact is that the Raelian Movement and the Catholic Church do not see eye to eye.

But The Independent notes:

An official at the Health Ministry tells me that the opening was cancelled because Clitoraid had not provided essential documents. All of which sounds reasonable until the Health Minister tells another journalist that “medical organisations should be focused on saving lives and not advertising their religion in an attempt to convert vulnerable people”.

The BBC says that Banemanie Traore — a local member of the hospital organizing committee, and a Raelian is convinced that the Ministry has stepped in to stop the project for religious reasons. She says powerful Catholics in the country have put pressure on the government. “They don’t want women to have pleasure,” she says.


  1. Classification of female genital mutilation, World Health Organization

Devotion to a sect, then slow starvation

How could three members of a Miami family starve to death? Letters found in their apartment offer insight into the bizarre case in Apt. B.

On the wall was a President Supermarkets calendar with a kitten on the cover, and the days X’ed out, one by one.

In the bedroom, two women — a mother and her adult daughter — lay in side-by-side beds covered in blankets. Near the front door was the man of the house, Daniel Boli-Gbagra.

Like the women — his wife and stepdaughter — Boli-Gbagra, 48, was dead, wasted away in what police say appears to have been a case of slow, collective starvation.

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While this article deals with apparent followers of the Raelians movement, the actions of Daniel Boli-Gbagra and his family do not reflect the doctrines and practices of the Raelians
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Boli-Gbagra, apparently the last to die, had stuffed clothes under the door frame.

In the white-tiled, one-bedroom Miami apartment were books and hand-scrawled notes attesting to the family’s devotion to a sect that believes in extraterrestrial beings and human cloning. As their lives flickered out, they wrote vivid, rambling letters in French invoking their faith and cataloging their physical and mental state.

To homicide investigators, death is a part of everyday life. They are summoned when a corpse is discovered and attempt to piece together the puzzle.

The strange deaths of Boli-Gbagra, his wife Magali Gauthier, 48 and her 23-year-old daughter, Tara Andreze-Louison, have yielded no such closure, just questions that have cops and the staff of the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s office genuinely perplexed.

On the morning of April 13, a foul odor brought police to Apartment B.

It appeared that Gauthier had been the first to die, followed by her daughter, then Boli-Gbagra.

Investigators believe the deaths may have been spaced out over nearly two months.

Among the items found in the sparsely furnished apartment: several French magazines and books — including Let’s Welcome the Extraterrestrials and Yes to Human Cloning — connected with the Raelian movement.

The movement was born in 1973 when then race-car journalist Claude Vorilhon met an extraterrestrial in a French “volcano park” and was enlightened, he said. Vorilhon took the name Rael.

The sect believes life was created by the “Elohim” — scientists who came from another planet.

Elohim is the word for “God” in Hebrew, but Raelians say it really means “those who came from the sky.”

The Raelians, who built a headquarters near Montreal called UFOland, gained notoriety in 2002 when a scientist linked to the movement claimed to have created the first human clone. The announcement created a sensation, then was revealed to be a hoax.

The Raelians’ website says there are 70,000 members in 97 countries, though experts think that could be grossly exaggerated.

Handwritten notes inside the apartment detailed the family’s slow and agonizing decline.

“Today it has been eight days since we haven’t had anything to eat,” read one entry. “We don’t have any money either. Without recourse, we will be headed toward death.”

The letter writer beseeched “the hand of Elohim to come and help us. That was our constant prayer. . . . We are messengers here to accomplish the mission on behalf of the creatures of Elohim.”

As the days passed, the pleas became more desperate.

Detectives believe from the letters that the family “somehow thought they’d be provided for,” said Sgt. Eunice Cooper with Miami homicide. “How that provision was supposed to come is a mystery.”

Susan Palmer, a Montreal sociologist who has studied the Raelians for more than 15 years, said the idea of asking Elohim for help does not fit in with Raelian doctrine.

“Rael is the only one who talks to the Elohim,” she said. “I would guess they’re likely newcomers [to the movement]. They don’t really understand the culture. It doesn’t fit in with the way the religion works. Raelians don’t pray to the Elohim to get a job or money or food.”

– Source / Full Story: Devotion to a sect, then slow starvation, Jennifer Lebovich, Miami Herald, Nov. 6, 2010 — Summarized by Religion News Blog