THERE’S jubilation among Raelians this week over the freeing of one of their leaders from a detention centre in Turkey.
Negar Azizmoradi, who is said to have escaped a possible death sentence in Iran, was released in time to celebrate the 36th anniversary – on December 13 – of Rael’s alleged first encounter with the human-like beings who created all life on Earth.
Rael, once a racing car journalist and driver, was formerly known as Claude Vorilhon, and Raelism claims that all life on Earth, humans included, was created scientifically by extra terrestrials – Elohim – using DNA synthesis and genetic engineering.
He also thinks that Michael Jackson has been cloned and is now alive and well on another planet.
In a statement issued after Jackson’s death, Rael said:
Considering all the good things Michael did on Earth for peace and love, I’m sure he is alive today on the Elohim’s Eternal-Life Planet.
Azizmoradi, leader of the Raelians in Iran, was arrested after she arrived in Turkey about a fortnight ago.
Supporters claimed that she faces the death penalty for her beliefs if she returns.
According to the BBC, Raelians, with their libertarian attitude to sex, and their ET beliefs, inevitably fall foul of the religious authorities in Iran.
The crime of apostasy – rejecting religious faith – carries the death penalty there, and supporters of Negar Azizmoradi said that is what would happen to her if the Turkish government were to send her back to Iran.
After 10 days in detention at an Istanbul facility, Negar Azizmoradi was released on Sunday – a day after hundreds of Raelians staged massive protests in front of Turkish Embassies and consulates around the world.
Azizmoradi’s exact location in Turkey is being withheld to protect her.
Brigitte Boisselier, spokesperson of the Raelian Movement, said:
Negar is staying in a secret location under protection of the Turkish authorities to avert a possible Iranian attack on her person. She will remain in that location until she is accepted as a political refugee in a Western country. The Turkish office of the UNCHR is actively helping her so that she can receive such status quickly.
Our religion, based on tolerance, absolute non-violence and respect of all religious minorities, will forever keep in its heart the exemplary way your country treated Negar. It would be a great honor for me to officially visit your country, or to have one of my official representatives meet with you to express publicly our gratitude and our support for your government.
He added that Turkey:
Has shown great respect for human rights and definitely deserves to be accepted as a member of the European community. The Turkish government can rest assured that all Raelians will fully support Turkey’s request to join the European community. Many countries already part of the European community, such as France, Belgium and Switzerland, show less respect for human rights than Turkey has shown, especially in terms of how their religious minorities are treated.
We are unable to determine whether there is a connection between Azizmoradi fleeing Iran and a controversial anti-Islamic statement made by Chris Antille, spokesperson for the Swiss Raelian Movement, concerning the minaret ban in Switzerland.
Under the headline Banning Minarets isn’t Enough, Islam itself Should be Banned, Antille pointed out that Raelians get a rough ride from Swiss authorities, which banned Rael from their soil because his teachings “could cause a public disturbance.”
Nothing could be further from the truth â€¦Those who actually do present just such a risk are not singled out.
If there is one philosophy that totally contradicts the Declaration of Human Rights, that philosophy is Islam. Rather than attack the Raelian philosophy, which advocates non-violence, the Swiss government should demand that Muslims living on Swiss territory remove those parts of the Koran that promote racism, discrimination and violence.