Saturday, January 10, 2009

Raelians and adoption

Raelians have recently snuck their way into my thoughts. It is safe to call them an atheist cult? I don’t think atheist applies. It looks like they replace a metaphysical god with an imaginary friend. What is the difference? I don't know. They just seem odd.

The Raelians are pushing a new plan to foster peace through adoption of war orphaned children. They want Palestinian children adopted by and raised as Muslims as a means to build peace and trust.

"It's the only way to show the path for peace and prevent the destruction of Israel," Rael said, adding that because of Israel's attack on Gaza and the resulting civilian deaths -- especially those of children -- the Raelian Movement is increasing its efforts on behalf of peace in the region, including promoting the adoption of Palestinian orphans by Israelis.

He said the new program's name stems from a parallel historical example: Mahatma Gandhi once asked the Hindu father of a child killed by Muslims to adopt a Muslim orphan and raise the child according to the Muslim faith after the man admitted he had killed a Muslim child for revenge

They've run into a small snag. It's illegal for Israeli Jews to adopt non-Jewish children. How screwed up is that? Theocracies are always undesirable. 

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