Dismissing an $85,000 damage suit against columnist Denis Gratton and Le Droit, Justice Maurice Laramee said in a ruling late last month, arguments by Claude Vorilhon, who calls himself Rael, are “airy-fairy.”
Vorilhon claims that in December 1973, he was in a volcano near Clermont-Ferrand, France, when a radiant being emerged from an unidentified flying object, dubbing him Rael.
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In 1975, he claims he was taken in a flying saucer to the planet of the Elohim — the alleged true creators of the world — where he met his half-brother, Jesus.
Laramee ruled that Gratton did not cross the line when he called Vorilhon “crazy” and a “fraud.”
“If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, chances are it’s a duck,” he wrote.