UFO religion plans to distribute pamphlets in Florida schools

(Photo: REUTERS/Rickey Rogers)Claude Vorilhon, head of the Raelian sect, speaks during a press conference in a Sao Paulo hotel, March 24, 2003. Vorilhon and Dr.Brigitte Boisselier of the genetic engineering company, Clonaid,presented a photograph of what they claimed is their third clone baby, in a hospital incubator in Japan.

The UFO religion wants to distribute religious materials in the U.S. state of Florida, after the Orange County School Board allowed Evangelical Christians to hand out Bibles.

The religion, known as the International Raelian Movement, has also expressed its support for the decision to allow the Satanic Temple to offer literature in the school district, Palm Beach New Times reported September 19.

The Satanic Temple had earlier expressed its desire to hand out materials in Florida schools.

The materials include a coloring and activity booklet for children titled, "The Satanic Children's Big Book of Activities."

Along with the activity book, the group is also putting together materials to teach students of their rights under the law of Separation of Church and State.

Like the Satanic Temple, the Raelians wanted to "offer students diversity and a more peaceful literature than that of the Bible."

Donna Newman, spokesperson for the Raelian Movement in South Florida told New Times that everything is about equality.

"No violence, peace on Earth. If society is just leaning towards just one specific doctrine, it's not fair," she said.

"Why can't they open up their doors to other beliefs? Let the children choose, not just pound one doctrine into their heads all their lives," she said.

Raelism is a UFO religion that was founded in 1974 by French former automobile journalist and racing car driver Claude Vorilhon.

The Raelian Movement teaches that life on Earth was scientifically created by a species of extraterrestrials, which they call the Elohim.

When the news broke out that the Satanic Temple was planning to hand out materials in schools, Vorilhon now known as Rael, immediately sent out a press release saying that religious freedom is for everybody.

Newman said that the group is still working on the materials to handed out, but the group later revealed it has existing materials for school children teaching them safe sex and condom education.

Raelians support liberalized sex education for children. They believe that liberalized sex education teaches youngsters how to obtain sexual gratification which opponents say encourages child sexual abuse.

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