What is the Raëlian Religion?


Hey folks,
There’s a eccentric, young religion out there that’s for free love, democracy, and
scientific progress. Oh, and they believe that aliens created the
Human race… and that they themselves have cloned a human child. Let’s meet the Raelians. Just a disclaimer in case there are little
ears listening. This video has some discussions of free love
and such, so if that’s not something you want your kids hearing, you’ve been warned. If that IS something you want your kids hearing…
ummm… moving on… In 1974, sports-car journalist and test driver
Claude Vorilhon started a religion. From his account, laid out in two books he
wrote in the mid 70s, Vorilhon claims aliens abducted him and explained to him how the
world works, but apparently not how to fix it because have you seen 2017? These aliens, called the Elohim, were the
true creators of humanity. Using advanced cloning technology, they created
us in their image. When they intervened with our early species
they called themselves angels, cherubim, or gods. In different eras of human history, Claude
claims the aliens enlightened Jesus, the Buddha and a few others to be messengers of their
time, preparing humans for when we can join them in space. Oh, he also claims he had dinner with them. The religion he founded was to be the last
messenger from these Elohim. Their goal is to make Humanity more peaceful,
more democratic, and aware as they prepare to be welcomed into the interstellar community. He changed his name to Rael, and founded Raelianism. Raelians are well-meaning people, despite
holding some strange beliefs. Becoming a Raelian is actually pretty easy. They just ask that you formally disavow any
other religion, and that’s about it. Heck, I’ve done it twice today. The Raelian baptism entails an upload of your
genes to a space computer, allowing for a digital reincarnation and immortality. They perform these baptisms on one of the
four major holy days in the Raelian calendar. One marks the anniversary of the bombing of
Hiroshima, one marks Rael’s first encounter with the Elohim, one for the day he first
saw the Elohim starship where he had that meal with Jesus, Buddha, and some other religious
figures, and one for when aliens cloned up Adam and Eve. They do have a few controversial beliefs that
will definitely make this video not advertiser friendly. PATREON The symbol the Raelians use is a Star of David,
with a swastika in the middle. Yep, the old nazi swirl is a prominent part
of their symbology. I mean, they aren’t alone, Hindus still
use the symbol to this date, but I do have to say putting it in the star of david is
a bit on the nose. I actually can’t think of anything more
offensive to have done with it, leave your suggestions in the com-. Rael claims that the Swastika is a symbol
of peace, but that didn’t stop the Israeli government from banning the Raelians from
building a big alien embassy in Jerusalem. They decided to replace the swastika with
a swirl, but still, no dice. The Raelians are also devout believers in
free love. Sex and sexuality is actually a big part of
the Raelian doctrine, and has attracted some clergy from other faiths. They believe in free sexual liberation, as
well as full equality for LGBT people. They practice ‘sensual meditation’, have
been vocal advocates for… self love… and the distribution of condoms. There was one controversial case where they
handed out condoms to students at a Catholic school in Montreal. They believe that sexual pleasure is a gift
from the aliens. Apparently ignorant of the freaky stuff the
bonobos get up to. Oooooooo bonobo The Raelian church is a big fan of science. They believe that GMO crops and nanotechnology
can eliminate the need to work and create a world that embraces science. The most exciting technology for them, however,
is cloning. Rael founded an organization called Clonaid
in 1997, and the organization advocates for the advancement of human cloning. They claimed in 2002 to have cloned a little
girl named Eve, but have not provided her for any sort of authenticity. You know… for her privacy. They think that with cloning they could help
with immortality, as well as retroactively punish suicide bombers and Hitler… Don’t ask me. Image of county fair boothe with a sign that
says spank hitler for 10 pence a cheek-smack The latest project they have been working
on is to build a big alien embassy. Their plan is to build a landing pad for the
alien spacecraft in neutral territory, surrounded by a large campground. There will also be a sweet pad for those alien
ambassadors, with a pool, a conference room, a wall, some bedrooms, oh, and it’ll be
protected by an aseptic chamber to keep the terran bacteria from killing our new Elohim
overlords. To date, the Raelians have about 90,000 members
in about 90 countries. They’re most popular in Europe, Quebec,
and Japan. They have a tiered system of membership from
level 0 trainees to the level 6 planetary guides. It’s also a complete man party, with only
about a third of Raelians being women. But they do have a special women’s only Order
of Angels, and preach openly about sex positive feminism. They even have a special sect of women who
work in or support women in the sex industry. Their eccentricities know no bounds. The Raelians are a UFO religion. They aren’t alone, but claim that they’re
different by being strict believers in science and rejecting the supernatural. It does, however, put them in some dangerous
territory, as many of us might remember Heaven’s Gate. A UFO cult that committed mass suicide in
1997. Largely because of this UFO association, Raelianism
is often referred to as a cult. The problem here is that the line between
cult and religion seems to be somewhere between how much money you ask for, and how well established
you’ve become. The Raelians are a bit odd, for example some
of their scientific claims don’t add up when looking into areas such as, say, the
evolution of Humans. There’s a problem with all those pesky hominid
skeletons we keep finding. However, digging too deep into a lot of specific
religious claims can be problematic, and I would argue is not really the point of religion. Religion is more about shared values, identity,
and rituals, which the Raelians have. In the meantime, we have a non-predatory religion
that embraces a lot of progressive stuff. Let their freak flag fly. I want to hear more from you guys. Are the Raelians a bold new religion, or a
silly UFO cult? Or are those mutually exclusive? I do from time to time make some more videos
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100 Responses

  1. Rise Atlantis

    June 17, 2017 6:14 am

    I dont agree with human cloning for eternal life but I support Rael's freedom of speech as his message is bringing Jesus return which kinda makes him a hero! 🙂

  2. Carrion 666

    June 17, 2017 4:56 pm

    I haven't heard anything on the raelian's for years now, did they commit suicide or build they're embassy yet? or are they just sitting around blowing their money on drugs.

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    July 19, 2017 8:03 pm

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  4. marutsei tsurunen

    August 6, 2017 8:17 pm

    raeliens are very interested people and i beleive it near theistic satanism than apocalypt relegion it is atheist

  5. Improve Your English with Nick

    August 14, 2017 2:17 pm

    The Red Chins in their millions will overspill their borders and chaos then will reign…

  6. Astro Biological

    August 20, 2017 10:45 am

    As far as religions go, they could be a lot worse. Perhaps as far as belief systems in general go, I should say. Science is a belief system like any other, and is prey to the vagaries of human nature. We are living in unsettling times, and it seems that the "melting pot" of old is no longer boiling as it once was. Interesting video.


    August 26, 2017 3:24 pm

    So turns out the actual purpose of this religion is just to build the founder's harem. They're really creepy.

  8. Kremlin Bot#33

    September 15, 2017 9:34 am

    To cut it short – satanistic occult messing with human mind, perverting our traditional values and preparing for NWO

  9. daddyleon

    September 21, 2017 7:02 pm

    While it may sound awesome, I have heard that there's been some upsetting sex abuse of (very) young girls by the top level male leaders – iirc.

  10. Christian Gingras

    October 7, 2017 6:38 pm

    I spent 2 years studying the Hebrew language to verify the claims of the Raeliens. I spent 1 year going to a synaguoge every Saturday to practice the Hebrew language. After I fixed a few electronics devices for the Rabi, he asked me if I intewnd to convert to Judaism. I didn't tell him that I am atheist… I just explained my interest of Hebrew language.

    This was a time period where I had doubt about finding a job in this ex-colony, so I was hoping that Israel would welcome a software Engineer. My specialization in firmware and hardware should give an advantage. Later, I studied Japanese then Chinese language for the same reason. I got a job at the location which interested me more than any previous Country above ; 40 miles south of San Francisco. And this was before Google even existed… a laser company located less than 1 miles from the main engineering location.

  11. SeanAkaMcGlitch2

    October 17, 2017 2:10 am

    I am Christian, but open to the possibility that some of this MAY be possible and linked to Christianity, I mean think of the quote "there will be many gods, but you shall have no GOD (Jesus) before me." The many gods being extra terrestrials who the other religions worship OR possibly even something where Jesus and all the other "false prophets" (who may be only false according to my religion lol) are in fact messengers of the head honcho alien (GOD)? now I'm not deliberately trying to blaspheme here so much as keep an open mind, no matter how crazy I might sound lol. After all are any of us the creator? Do we know all the answers? I just know I've felt a spiritual presence many times during prayer.

  12. zeester89

    October 28, 2017 4:00 pm

    🙄 'space computer' …. clone Adam and Eve… oh and let's not forget that Raël visited an entirely different planet and had sex with a biological robot! So that happened! 🤦🏻‍♀️

  13. Marc Letourneau

    November 6, 2017 5:43 pm

    The Swastika (or Manji in Japanese – Buddhist symbol) in start of David can be found in Tibet and on the old French edition of the "Le livre de morts Tibetain" Tibetan book of the dead (The after life).

  14. Marc Letourneau

    November 6, 2017 5:46 pm

    I have been Raelian for 40 years by the way (In Los Angeles now). Statistician and music composer. Any question?

  15. Ice Cold

    November 28, 2017 2:03 am

    Ok I get itk, let them have a religion and all that, but I would definetly argue their symbol has to be banned or changed, swastikas are censored in all of the (sane) world for a good reason.

  16. J. Lueker

    December 8, 2017 12:03 am

    Sigh, dude. That’s s not a Nazi swastika. It’s a regular one that many ppl have used through time. Nazi’s “perverted” it and rotates said symbol.


    December 19, 2017 3:32 pm

    fake raelism is a lie goddism is true this man is calling gods as aliens in one way he is right but actually hes wrong

  18. RaelianChick186

    December 29, 2017 6:39 am

    Not a bad video. I'm a Raelian, and you explained most things pretty well, but next time, please refrain from using the word "alien". We prefer the word "extraterrestrial".
    We ask this because the word alien is not actually etymologically accurate to describe a person from another planet. It etymologically actually means "outsider", hence why Donald Trump uses the word to refer to illegal immigrants and also the use of the term "alienate", meaning to make someone an outsider. Alienating the Elohim is the last thing we want to do, so we never use the word "alien" to refer to them. An the term "gray" is similar to a white person calling a black person a n***a, so don't use that either.
    Also, they are not, nor are they ever going to be, our "alien overlords". They want us to be their equals if we are able to survive our own destructive tendencies, and create life on other planets like them. We respect them like a good child respects their parents, but we do not nor will we ever worship them as gods. So thanks.
    Otherwise, a pretty good video. I also read all the comments, and thank you to (most of) the comment makers for being open-minded and respectful. And thank you +Step Back History for being respectful and not making fun of us. YouTube can be a pretty ugly place when it comes to respect and hate speech, so thanks for not being one of those haters. Have a great day! 🙂 <3

  19. lolkaitis

    January 7, 2018 5:28 am

    They are waiting to show New science and technology for their stupid Grandiose better than Daz plans for using cell phones

  20. ZerqTM

    January 7, 2018 6:02 pm

    hmmm… could have sworn i had seen the swastika/star of David combo associated with kabbalah must have been mistaken… but kabbalah is like crazy full of weird symbolism so understandable mistake…

    Oh well live and learn…

  21. Lewa, Toa of Air

    February 19, 2018 11:47 pm

    I like how much more fitting that Simpsons clip is given that Clinton was actually Kodos (one of the Treehouse of Horror aliens) in disguise.

  22. Peter Smythe

    March 14, 2018 3:51 am

    Belief in random nonsense is not a good thing. That being said, it's less dangerous than supernaturalist religions.

  23. Max Hess

    March 21, 2018 5:18 am

    Elohim: how original. Doesn't sound at all like they've appropriated the god and the emblem of an ancient human religion.

  24. Natália Morais

    March 25, 2018 1:44 am

    Raelians did not invent the symbol of the Star of David with the swastika inside. This is a very old symbol. It is present, for example in the Tibetan Book of Death –> https://static.e-junkie.com/ej/media/content/458868.jpg
    Quite good documentary, otherwise, although there are some imprecisions.

  25. Gyoto Azimoto

    March 29, 2018 10:54 pm

    Raeliens are a piece of garbage, that's what they are. They believe in sex, like seriously it's not a joke, I think it's just a way to develop perversion.

  26. olivia grace

    April 1, 2018 5:20 am

    They actually would prefer to not be called "aliens", but rather "extraterrestrials". Otherwise thanks for making a video on our religion! 🙂

  27. Ricardo B.

    April 16, 2018 10:59 am

    Sorry, I understand that the Swastika has been glued to Nazis and into people's minds due to their atrocities, but I think it's pretty ignorant to say it was them that created it and not bother to investigate the Swastika origins.

    It comes from Indian religions and it is a symbol of peace, or was, until the Nazis stole the symbol and gave it's bad reputation…

  28. Nadav Shemesh

    April 21, 2018 10:31 pm

    They're far from democrat and peaceful; just follow their leader on facebook – he is constantly endorses dictators. totalitarian regimes and terrorists; like north Korea, Gaddafi, Bashar al Assad, Hamas, Saddam… The raelians recently declared they support nuclear weapons in every country. Real shares media from Neo nazi websites, he ALWAYS shares articles from RT in a very biased way, opposes the US and the west like a communist tyrant..

  29. Commie Cuddles

    April 22, 2018 3:44 am

    Honestly they seem pretty great, even the alien shit to a certain extent. Like the religious equivalent of peaceful/non-violent Posadists or something.

    Seriously tho someone has got to speak to their PR department. Putting a literal swastika inside a literal star of David is just asking for bad representation.

  30. BoxyLemons

    April 27, 2018 4:32 am

    I Respect the raelians belief, but personally I'd argue that 'Religion' & 'Cult' are mostly just the same thing, but each word has a more postive & negative feelings around it. similar to words like 'Business' VS 'Corporation'.
    [note: I'm actually a decently religious person myself, I just think those to words are effectively the same.]

  31. Shimon Biton

    May 4, 2018 6:46 pm

    Elohim actually means God in hebrew and the jewish religion (its forbidden to say Elohim in judaism so they say Adonay which means my lord/my master). According to judaism, god (elohim) has written the first five books of the bible (genesis etc.) Himself, wonder if that means that hebrew is therefore an alien language… LOL

  32. Mike Campbell

    May 7, 2018 3:45 pm

    Does their free love include pedophilia or do they at least have restrictions on that?

  33. CJay Something

    May 30, 2018 1:38 am

    My 6 year old is named Raelyn. This is the very first time I've ever heard of this mess. LOL! Oh no.

  34. Eskimo

    June 6, 2018 4:28 pm

    Aside from them supporting democracy, they seem meh

    still crazy because of the 'aliens creating humans' shit, but atleast it ain't satanism

  35. Andrea Castro

    June 24, 2018 4:14 am

    Not sure why I am looking through all beliefs people have. With that being said I will start my own religion!

  36. FallingIntoBucketsAlot

    August 3, 2018 1:59 am

    Find it interesting that the aliens are called elohim. Shout outs to my fellow religous studies geeks or whatever who recognize that title.

  37. Unnarrated

    August 9, 2018 5:58 pm

    The "Cults" podcast recently covered Raelism and go into a lot more detail why they are a cult and not a religion. You should give it a listen.

  38. Fuzzy Dunlop

    August 13, 2018 3:01 pm

    I think they should consider sticking their HQ in either Nevada, Arizona, or SE California. They just seem like desert people to me. Very friendly but also very sun-frazzled.

  39. Roy Tamir

    August 18, 2018 7:50 am

    Im an israeli and i speak hebrew.
    I just saw and heared about the raelism religin and immediately noticed that "rael" is "israel" without the "is" and alsow, the name of the aliens who created us is "eloehim" and that is actually the hebrew word for "god".

    Did you know these to facts?

  40. Truly Wylde

    September 7, 2018 7:17 am

    There's something majorly wrong with our human society! The fact that symbols and love are controversial but constant war and violence is not is sad and troubling…

  41. Naudia the king

    September 13, 2018 9:32 pm

    I go to church but I also believe God and Jesus we're aliens and so was Buddha I'm not quite railean but a bit.

  42. Eobard Thawne

    September 14, 2018 3:39 pm

    I've seen a flag combining the hammer and scickle, the swastika, the gay pride flag, and the southern Cross (what everyone thinks when you say "Confederate flag") and ranbow dash saluting it.

  43. Spirit in the Sky

    October 4, 2018 3:12 pm

    That wasnt an accident the raelian had a satanic star of david, was it? Nikola tesla designed electric flying machines. The nazis are zionists so thats congruent. The nazi is a sign of the sun. So the raelians are jewish.

  44. Alexander Baldal

    October 14, 2018 12:28 am

    I like the sign a lot. Been there done that; as if made for me. I cut out two parts from plate silver and soldered them together. It is on my car key with a laughing Buddha I am going to make a new one a bit thicker and smaller. I am on FB too. Sorry this medium does not take a picture. See my wall, alexander.baldal3 on fb

  45. Dex Rael

    November 4, 2018 3:23 pm

    How in the world that ugly creature can clone a almost perfect creation which is human, i think they should retouch their ugly faces first

  46. Algerian Prophet

    November 12, 2018 6:57 am

    just another bullshit cult/religion. If a cult/religion haves at the very least ONE thing to do with politics. Then its fucking bullshit.

  47. Kyle the Son ov Baphomet

    February 21, 2019 2:30 am

    A cult is really just a large group of people who gather to talk about shared beliefs or interests. By that definition, they are a cult. Actually by that definition a concert or maybe even a book club is a cult.

  48. Mauro RAELIANO

    March 15, 2019 7:29 am

    The Promotor – E.T. Embassy – Elohim Embassy
    E.T. Embassy – Let us Build an Embassy to Welcome an E.T. …

  49. Jason Voorhees

    March 22, 2019 6:55 pm

    Holly S*** are there really people who believe this ? What's the proof behind this french dudes story ? And where's this Eve ?

  50. Van Hellslinger

    March 24, 2019 5:15 pm

    God of Israel Just a Man with a Heroic Plan

    So God turns out to be an Astronaut King, millions of years more evolved than us. And the human soul will prove to be a Fusion of Bio-Photons inside the Neurons, Axons and Microtubles of the Brain. 100 Billion Neurons and near equal number of Axons but many axons have up to 100 microtubes that makes it possible for up to 3 trillion photons to transmit per second messages. And each photon is of course carrying a message, and blood gases and the minds own energy is causing a Metamorphosis to a new state of matter or Quantum Consciousness Death Survival. Our soul is attached to the brain like an invisible balloon. And this Astronaut God-King snatches up our soul and blows some psychokinetic energy like a Hen that warms her eggs to life, he inflates us up to life after death consciousness. He's not really the creator of the infinite universe, just a working man with a heroic plan to seed the infinite universe with life eternal. He still has a flesh and blood human body, and he has a Soul so great that sometimes he is mistaken for a Dark Storm Cloud. He also may be so advanced that he is part a living machine; something like our Sci-fi movies have portrayed. Like the Transformers but even better as he's real. Yet! He's still just a man like the rest of humanity. And through Genetic Engineering he is the Father of everyone on Earth!

  51. Mister Bubbles

    March 27, 2019 1:16 am

    The only vaguely cultish thing about them is their odd beliefs. They're not predatory, don't brainwash people, don't scam people, and members are allowed to leave if they wish. Plus, with all their progressive beliefs about sexuality, science, and social justice, it's really hard to even call them dangerous. They practice open free love, safe sex, encourage LGBT equality, and advocate for scientific advancement for the betterment of society, which is more than can be said for a lot of other religions out there. So what if their belief system is centered on aliens? These guys are really cool

  52. Daniel Auclair

    April 23, 2019 2:48 pm

    Interesting video. What everyone should know is that the information is accessible to everyone. Tks to the Internet, just go to: www.rael.org
    I believe that the Raelian Movement goal is not to convince anybody but more like letting people choose by themselves. Whatever choices, follow what your conscience and be happy.

  53. ǝɔuɐuossıp ǝʌıʇıuɓoɔ

    April 25, 2019 2:00 pm

    Panspermia & Raelism are bullshit. FYI, the swastika and the Star of David are symbolic variations alluding to the same icon (666, the geometric expression of materialization forming a triunity, not trinity, resulting in 3D) 👌😉 These cultists merely modernized Luciferian revisionism (perversions of biblical narratives) as "Raelism." Religion was never approved by Christ or preached within the Bible ("religion" is a loaded term inheriting secular connotations, therefore even "atheists" remain unware that although atheism is an philosophical instrument, "atheists" are religious per their intoxication by cogito ergo sum nonsense)


    May 1, 2019 11:23 pm

    This man has never been on that planet, all lies! Alien scientists who need religious books to prove themselves? Why should anyone believe that? Look my reaction >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6y-OxEYTToU&list=PL1m4hVykWOx7xCusXgpL8Jgx5taibW45c&index=25&t=1834s

  55. Leslie High

    June 12, 2019 4:54 am

    100 miles an hour vid…flashed images, like brainwashing. SMH. No problem with facts of vid, just the speed relaying info.

  56. traffic king

    July 15, 2019 7:37 am

    I've seen swastikas inside hexagrams in India and Nepal. Here's a photo I took: https://imgur.com/y1PO4Kw It has nothing to do with either raelism or nazism.


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