French born Raelian cult decides to clone the first human
By Colleen Johnston ©2001
A Canada-based UFO cult, The Raelian movement originally from France, is going to attempt to clone a dead baby girl against the protest from mainstream scientist and religious groups. Scientists are saying it's an unlikely achievement but not impossible. Other reproductive and cloning scientists have also condemned the plan as unethical.
The group claims financing as well as the technology is now available to them and plan to proceed. A group of willing surrogates has been chosen for implementation of the experiment. Scientists and spokeswoman for the group, Dr Brigitte Boisselier, states the cloning process will start this sometime this month.
The Raelian claims have not been substantiated, as they haven't provided physical evidence they have the technology to carry through. Many within the scientific community believe the expertise may not be hard to find and think that the Raelians have already procured the essential professionals and facilities to proceed. According to cult experts the Raelians have the finances and the ambition to succeed.
A couple from the United States has apparently paid a half million dollars to have their deceased baby daughter cloned.
The scientist Ian Wilmut, the Roslin Institute scientist in Edinburgh who cloned Dolly the sheep is outraged at the groups' plans. Wilmut created dolly, the first viable clone of a sheep, in 1995. The nucleus of an adult sheep's somatic cell was placed into a sheep egg cell that had had its nucleus removed. The resulting cell was then implanted in a surrogate mother sheep and allowed to develop normally, resulting in Dolly.
Expert's claim there is a high rate of failure in the cloning process of any animal species indicating a vast number of surrogate mothers would be necessary for success. Scientists state that the reported 50 surrogate mothers, volunteering for the program may be enough.
The cult leader Claude Vorilhon, former French sports reporter and auto enthusiast, believes humans are the cloned species from space aliens. He claims that members of the group are actually descendants of an alien race. He also believes the group has been given the authority to clone their own group. The bazaar cult was founded in 1973 and claims to have 50,000 members globally.
The Raelians are not alone in the desire to clone humans. Randolfe H. Wicker who is world's first pro-human cloning activist who founded the world's first group, the Clone Rights United Front, in 1997. Gregory Pence, Ph.D. - who is a bioethicist in support of human cloning. Dr. Pence teaches at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He is the author of "Who's Afraid of Human Cloning?" and the author of "Re-creating Medicine". Both men would like to see human cloning a reality although for different reasons.
Pro-cloning advocates declare there would be practical applications, by producing much-needed genetically matched organs for heart, kidney, and liver patients awaiting transplants as well as other useful applications to cure illness and disease.
Many opponents disagree and numerous theological experts question the moral-sociological and spiritual implications which cloning suggests. There is also concern that scientist would be tempted to start a selective breeding program in attempts to produce a superior race and an improved species as was attempted by Nazi German scientists in the mid 1930's.
With this type of advanced cloning technology, couples could possibly terminate any imperfect embryo in favor of a perfected one. Another concern is that due to the life span of known cloned animals, it is thought that the human life span would be greatly reduced and other unforeseeable genetic problems would erupt.
Could you be targeted by a cult?
By Colleen Johnston © 2002 (revised)
One can hardly turn on a television without getting bombarded with aliens, UFO's or the high strangeness of the paranormal realm. A Roper poll released in 1999 states that twenty-five percent of the population would be able to handle alien spaceships landing on their front lawn.
Now in 2002, the latest poll suggest more and more people are experiencing paranormal, UFO or abduction related phenomenon. Another informal poll claimed that sixty percent of the population believes in intelligent extraterrestrial life. Other polls have been conducted that support a majority of people had had some type of unusual experience that defied logical explanation. Obviously these astonishing events are undeniably occurring throughout the world that cannot be swept under the carpet any more. Incidents are being captured on camcorders and being reported by hundreds of people daily. No wonder the media, mega mini series have jumped on the bandwagon to promote it.
We live in a time of paradox, as I have stated before, many theologians agree we are slipping deeper into in the midst of planetary upheaval with worldwide political destabilization. Signs that seem to indicate we are entering a time of apocalyptic prophecy while others live completely oblivious to what's happening, anesthetized by material pursuits. Many false revelators are currently cashing in who proclaim to have the answers behind these exceptional events. The list includes those who lead charismatic UFO, self styled Christian or new age cult groups.
With increasing numbers of regular people experiencing paranormal phenomena on an up close and personal basis, it's becoming easier for cult groups to intercede. Someone gets involved because they are at a loss for what's happening and are looking for clarification; often coming up empty handed after searching traditional routes. Sequentially, experiencers turn to UFO/Christian/ new age blended groups trying to make sense out of it all. These pseudo-Christian congregations are extremely dangerous, because they will provide feasible explanations often combined with traditional Christian doctrines. The groups are ingenious in their presentation and are very skilled manipulators of the human psyche. Once a person relates to the cults infrastructure, it is almost guaranteed they will get indoctrinated.
Don't chuckle, if conditions are favorable and you experienced an unexplainable event repeatedly you could end up being targeted. There are key elements that cult groups look for in a person's overall persona that can play a major roll in cult recruitment. They often look for people who are searching for answers to help them understand a traumatic or anomalous event in which they have no answers. A divorce, family crisis, UFO sightings possible alien abduction experiences or other extraordinary events leave a person bewildered and in a defenseless state of mind.
Other circumstances include single parents who are having difficulty raising their children. People that have little or no family contact who have a low self-esteem, or place others before their own needs. Those who have difficulty in saying no to anything even when they want to.
Cult leaders look for positive attributes as well. Anyone who is open minded, inquisitive, creative or who are unsure and searching in his or her belief about God. People who donate time, energy or money to humanitarian projects or people who are very enthusiastic in their belief in God, Jesus Christ, or alien life forms. Cult leaders are on the lookout for anyone who fits the above criteria, regardless of gender, race, education, religious affiliation or social standing. It happens to thousands of people a year that seriously believe they were too intelligent to get involved, Think it can't happen? Think again!
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