Cloning for posteriety aside, what the Raelians really hope to do is establish an "Embassy" for their interplanetary friends. Here's the statement from their website:
There is at present no way that an extra-terrestrial race can officially enter into contact with humanity without breaking local or international laws, without being perceived as a threat or without appearing to support the politics and morals of that territory. To overcome all these obstacles they need an embassy.
These extra-terrestrials, the Elohim, have requested that their embassy be as close to Jerusalem as possible. They wish to descend and land inside the embassy in front of representatives of all the world's media and be open to everyone. From their embassy, they will be able to come and go as they wish and control their own accessibility, rather than being controlled by anyone else. They wish to be able to invite representatives of governments and other institutions to the embassy and also particularly individuals who have clear records of a positive effect on humanity.
"As close to Jerusalem as possible?" Like they're aren't ENOUGH people claiming turf rights there? Say, here's an idea, let's send Rael and his flock over to the Middle East and let him explain what he wants to do to the Israelis and the Palestinians. Who knows, maybe beating the snot out of the Raelians is the one thing they can agree on!
UPDATE: According to the website, Rael already asked Israel for permission to establish the Embassy in 1993. Shockingly, this is the response:
The Prime Minister advises the Raelian Religion through his office, that he cannot accede to our request.
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Quote du jour:
"It is said that everyone is born an original and dies a copy."
-- Myron Augsburger (1834 - 1917) French artist
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