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Raelian spokesperson, 2003 (4th of 5)

Raelian spokesperson, 2003

Members of the Raelian movement believe that life on earth was created by extraterrestrials known as Elohim. In 2002 Raelians claimed that a human baby had been cloned for the first time. The Raelians' New Zealand spokesperson, Mark Woodgate of Hamilton, is shown in 2003 with literature advocating human cloning for childless couples. The Raelians' cloning claims were not substantiated and Woodgate later left the movement.

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Reference: 6 January 2003
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Paul Morris, 'Diverse religions - Recent and new-age religious movements', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 April 2024)

Story by Paul Morris, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 12 Jul 2018