MONTREAL, Oct. 6, 2009 /CNW Telbec/ – Mr Jean-Francois Bergeron, laid off from his work by the company Transformateurs Delta, in Granby, since January 26, 2009, because he was wearing a t-shirt printed with the words “God does not exists – www.rael.org”, will return to work. Mtre Richard Marcheterre, arbitrator for the Commission des normes du travail, judged that the company dressing code was contravening the Chart. On top of getting back his job, Mr Bergeron will receive full compensation for his salary loss and he will be permitted to wear Raelian clothing.
The Bishop and President of the Canadian Raelian Movement, Marc Rivard, declared: “This decision represents not only a great victory for Raelians but also a great victory for Human Rights; and more specifically for religious freedom”.
This decision will doubtlessly mark a case law in the cause that will soon be heard regarding the Raelians that were evicted from Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) during a funds raising campaign to help African woman victims of excision, and this on the sole reason of their religious allegiance.
MONTREAL – October 6th, 2009 – The Raelian Movement and its leader Maitreya Rael, applaud the Canadian government, which is in the process of adopting a law allowing army deserters, from the US or elsewhere, to reside in Canada.
When he learned of the news, Maitreya Rael commented: “It is a wonderful decision that supports the right of non-violent individuals to refuse to be soldiers and their right to live for peace and non-violence. This makes Canada an example for the rest of the world. All other countries should do the same!”
The Raelian Movement, which is deeply pacific and teaches absolute non-violence, has since the beginning been following the case of American deserters who have refused to serve in the Iraq war. This time last year, the Council of Canadian Bishops asked the Canadian government and Prime Minister Stephen Harper to intervene and stop the deportation of 200 ex American soldiers who took refuge on Canadian soil.
TORONTO, June 26, 2009 – Members of the International Raelian Movement taking part in Sunday’s Toronto Gay Pride Parade will represent the only religion to affirm that homosexuality is genetically based.
“Since personal growth is one of the beautiful values of our Raelian philosophy, it’s important to free oneself from inhibitions and bias and develop an open attitude about sexuality,” said Raelian Priestess Guide and Spokesperson Diane Brisebois. “Raelians will be carrying this message during the parade.”
Brisebois said that Rael, founder and leader of the International Raelian Movement, was the first religious leader to say that sexual orientation is genetically determined.
“He is also the only spiritual leader to continuously defend sexual minorities everywhere in the world, insisting that they be respected and enjoy the same rights as the majority,” Brisebois added. “Rael strongly encourages gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transsexuals and transgenders to live their sexuality openly, since such openness is an essential part of full enlightenment.”
But Canada has a long way to go in terms of accepting sexual minorities, Brisebois said.
A truth and reconciliation commission examining what native leaders call one of the most tragic and racist chapters in Canada’s history has begun. The commission will study Canada’s decades-long policies that removed Aboriginal children from their families to force Christianity upon them. The state-funded religious schools were often the scenes of horrific physical and sexual abuse. From the 19th Century until the 1970s, more than 150,000 aboriginal children were required to attend Christian schools in an attempt to rid them of their native cultures and languages and integrate them into society…. We see here again the same despiteful technique used by Christians on every continent, Kama, Ixachitlan… So much suffering in the name of god again!
The federal government admitted 10 years ago that physical and sexual abuse in the once-mandatory schools was rampant. Many students recall being beaten for speaking their native languages, and losing touch with their parents and customs.
That legacy of abuse and isolation has been cited by leaders of native communities as the root cause of continuing epidemic rates of alcoholism and drug addiction on reservations.
The commission, which is in the early phase of its research, will spend five years travelling across the country to hear stories from former students, teachers and others involved in the so-called residential schools run by the Roman Catholic Church and various Protestant denominations.
Sgt. Corey Glass, 25, is to be deported from Canada for having fled there to avoid fighting what he knows is an illegal war in Iraq. He will be deported June 12 (2008) unless Canada changes its ruling. Of the 40 U.S. deserters who have applied for asylum in Canada, Canada’s high court has heard five cases and refused all of them.
Rael sent the following comment: “These deserters and everyone else who refuse to fight are the most courageous Americans and should be a model for all young Americans. Canada should be ashamed for not granting them the statute of political refugees.”
According to the laws of many countries, a deserter can even face death for refusing to fight. When we look at things from a humanitarian point of view, this is madness. Simply put, the US and other countries can kill those who refuse to kill. These are often the same countries which also use capital punishment – killing those who kill.
So what or who decided upon this insane “reason”? It’s always those who want to maintain power and wealth, of course.
A movie-Documentary directed by Amy Berg will be released soon that portrays one of the thousands of Catholic Priests who have used their authority to abuse children and destroy their innocence, their dreams and their life…
We wish to relay here what Amy Berg says on the website associated to his movie… so moving…
Yes, to abuse children is a sign of a sick mind… and to prevent adult people to live their sexual life leads to these sick minds who relieve their frustration on innocent victims.
Our deep thanks to Amy Berg for raising awareness and saving children for being abused tomorrow… hopefully!!
See also our website on the matter: www.nopedo.org
The movie’s website: http://deliverusfromevilthemovie.com/index_flash.phpRead More
On March 8, about 50 raelians participated to the women’s day demonstration in Montreal.
Veronique, the leader of order of angel in Canada tells us how it went :
“We were there wearing beautiful hats that we had made as we wanted to express our femininity. It started nicely despite the cold, we were feeling solidarity with the other associations walking up the street of Ste Catherine. Suddenly, about half way, a group started to shout ” A bas les raeliens” which means something like “get off raelians”. They were people from associations claiming on their posters the respect of human rights and of women’s rights, tolerance and non-violence. A mother even left her child in a pram to come and yell at us derogatory words about our religion. After a while most of the participants were gathered around us telling us we have nothing to do there. Where were we? Was it a march for tolerance towards women? We found ourselves in the middle of a hainous crowd!.”
The Prophet Rael made the following declaration after learning about the event:
This Anti-Raelian hatred corresponds exactly to what occurred when crowds looked at, and supported with pleasure, the massacre of the first Christians in the Roman arenas. As well as with the anti-semitic acts of hatred in Nazi Germany. Nothing new!!
Nowadays, as it is politically correct to not persecute the Jews, the Blacks or Homosexuals, the only targets which remain, or the only possible scapegoats, are the religious minorities which cause a disturbance, in particular the Raelians… the thirst to hate with impunity which relies on the lowest of instincts of each human being encouraged by the evolving media is not astonishing or new. And that is not attributable to any particular media actions like the burnt crosses… Well before the crosses, when we collected food for the homeless, the reactions were the same. It is necessary to keep a panoramic vision in time.
MONTREAL, September 2004 – We are pleased to announce that an illustrated feature profiling RAEL and three beautiful and sensual Raelians will be published and announced on the cover of the October issue of the famous Playboy magazine.
Nudity and spirituality… incompatible you may say? But let us not forget that the philosophy of the Raelian is the only one that embraces sexual freedom and nudity.
The magazine is scheduled to be in the newsstands around September 15th, shortly before the Raelian monthly gathering which will take place on Sunday September 19th in Montreal, and which promises to be a very special event. Indeed, the Raelian women who posed in October Play Boy including: Shizue, personal assistant of Rael – Sophie, RAEL’s life companion for the past 13 years – and Marina, daughter of CLONAID’s CEO Dr. Brigitte Boisselier, will be on location for those who wish to have their issue autographed. In addition, they will be more than happy to tell the press about their experiences and have their photos taken with their admirers.