Founded in 1974 by the French race car driver Claude Vorilhon, Raëlism teaches that human life was created intentionally by a bunch of aliens who later sent messengers in human form to check in on things, including Jesus and Buddha. On the surface, their values are quite agreeable, considering they advocate world peace, sharing, democracy, nonviolence, and a liberal view of sexuality—but they most certainly have their strange side. For instance, in the late '90s the organization founded a cloning company, and made the bold claim (with zero scientific proof) that they'd actually cloned a human in 2000.
Joe McGauley is a senior editor at Supercompressor and would love to hear what that cloned baby has to say these days.
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