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Rael, Cloning, & Jesus in India

Date: 12-21-08
Host: George Knapp
Guests: Paul Davids, Ed Martin, Dr. Brigitte Boisselier, Rael -

First hour guest, leader of the Raelian Movement, Rael, discussed his ET encounters which took place in 1973 at a volcanic crater in France. During these encounters, he said he learned that humans were not the result of random evolution, but deliberately created by the aliens through DNA experimentation. Rael, who is hoping to build an embassy for ETs by 2035, answered criticisms made of his group. He explained that fanatics sometimes oppose them because the Raelian Movement stands for freedoms in people's private lives.

In the second hour, Raelian follower, and President of Clonaid, Dr. Brigitte Boisselier, discussed their efforts in human cloning. Close to 100 babies have been successfully cloned, she announced, but the people who've used Clonaid's services don't want to go public, because they wish to protect their child's privacy. The cloning procedure, which is being performed at an undisclosed locale where it's legal, costs between $50,000 - $100,000, she noted.

In the latter half of the show, filmmaker Paul Davids and world traveler Ed Martin discussed their new film project Jesus in India, which will be screening this month on the Sundance Channel. The film explores the idea that Jesus may have visited India sometime between the ages of 12 to 30, a period of his life not written about in the New Testament. Experts such as Princeton's Prof. of Religion, Elaine Pagels have said this supposition could be true, Davids pointed out.

The Ahmadiyya Muslims believe that Jesus survived the crucifixion and came to live in the Kashmir region of India, and was buried at a tomb there, Davids reported. Martin spoke about a purported 2,000 year-old document, known as the Life of St. Issa, found in the 1880s at a Tibetan monastery, which described Jesus' journeys in India.

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