The Raelian Movement is a "New Age" religious group that believes extraterrestrials, known as the Elohim, created life on Earth through genetic engineering.
Claude Vorilhon, who launched this movement, claims that he has encountered the Elohim two times. The first time he was visited by an extraterrestrial, he was given a new name, Raël, and a message saying it was his mission to inform the world of his experience. The second time Raël was abducted by these aliens, he was taken to their planet and met with Buddha, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. Raël has said that he received many teachings from them.
The Raelian Movement claims to have about 65,000 members from 86 countries.
Elohim is a Hebrew word which is generally understood to denote the single God of Israel. To Raelians, this is a misinterpretation and that Elohim really means "those who came from the sky."
According to Raël, during personal meetings with a 25,000-year-old extraterrestrial named Yahweh, details of the Earth's origins were explained.
Yahweh told Raël that the Earth was terraformed and man was genetically engineered by his species, the Elohim (allegedly the extraterrestrial himself translated the meaning as "those who came from the sky.")
The Raëlians also believe that the Elohim will visit the earth again when enough of its population is peaceful and come to know about them.
Clonaid and Claims of Human CloningEdit
Clonaid is the first human cloning company in the world. It was founded in February 1997, by Raël and a group of investors who created the Valiant Venture Ltd Corporation based in the Bahamas. In the year 2000 the company was handed over to Raelian Bishop, Dr. Brigitte Boisselier.
On February 12, 2004 Clonaid held a press-conference claiming that they have created the first human clone. The alleged cloned baby girl was dubbed "Eve.”
Brigitte Boisselier, said Eve was created using DNA from the mother's skin cells and is a genetic twin of her mother, a 31-year-old American citizen.
Clonaid has refused any DNA testing to verify the authenticity of this claim. Previously they said Eve was to be tested but had changed their mind. Rael said he made the decision after a "judge in Florida signed a paper saying that the baby Eve should be taken from the family, from her mother." However, no Florida judge had actually made such a ruling.