Kanye West was kicked off Twitter on December 2 for posting a swastika inside a Star of David — but it surely seems the picture is definitely the insignia for a UFO-worshiping cult and never essentially the anti-Semitic symbol that it was extensively learn to be.
The group is the offbeat Raël Movement, which claims to have 50,000 members in 85 international locations and is often described as a cult.
Raëlians, as they name themselves, keep that “all life was created by the Elohim, who have been extraterrestrials visiting earth from one other planet,” Glen Carter, president of the British Raelian group, informed Vice.
Members of the sect keep that their symbol — offensive for apparent causes — means no disrespect to Jewish individuals. As a Raëlian named Houari told Newsweek in 2020, “Don’t fear, it has nothing to do with Jews and Nazis.”
What it does should do with, Houari insisted, is infinity — represented by the star each pointing upward and downward — and time. The swastika, which didn’t have adverse connotations earlier than being adopted by Adolf Hitler for the Nazi Party in 1920, is claimed to represent the never-ending cycle of time.
Spokespeople for the Raël Movement insist that the group’s symbol is what their founder, the French auto-racing journalist Claude Vorhilon, noticed on the entrance of a spaceship throughout his first UFO encounter in 1973. He based the motion a yr later.
Among Raël’s beliefs: Cutting-edge applied sciences that can save the human race can solely be created with enhanced intelligence that exists proper after sexual exercise. So members are extraordinarily pro-intercourse, and do it as usually as doable, for the sake of humanity. Playboy even ran a story
The group’s appreciation of the swastika was made clear in 2014, when, as reported in The Post, Raëlians spent $2,000 to have a airplane flying a banner calling for people to reconsider the hateful symbol. It was half of the group’s International Swastika Rehabilitation Week. Thomas Kaenzig, a Raëlian spokesperson, informed The Post, “It’s crucial to reclaim [the swastika] and clarify to the general public that this symbol has a stupendous origin.”
In 2000, Raël expressed ambitions to clone a human, a distraught couple’s 10-month-old woman who died from a “medical accident.” The group claimed to have been paid $500,000 to drag off the human duplication in a Third World laboratory. Raëlian teachings keep that the human race happened via the cloning of alien beings and that cloning is essential to everlasting life.
The end result of this effort, or if it was even tried, is unclear.
The motion’s present targets embrace establishing what members call an “embassy” on Earth, ideally in Jerusalem. The embassy is important in order that, as the idea system maintains, when scientists from the planet Elohim return right here, they may have a spot to reside.