For the Lulz: UFO Cult Buys ‘God is a Myth’ Billboards
In a beautiful twist of irony, an alien-worshiping UFO cult has announced the purchase of “very high profile” billboard space in Las Vegas, which it plans to use to announce to the world that “GOD IS A MYTH.”
So sayeth Ricky Roehr, leader for the North American Raelian Movement:
“If you drive the freeway between Vegas and Los Angeles, you’ll see several signs warning drivers to follow the Bible or else face eternal hell. Those signs are designed to make viewers feel fear and guilt. We want to counterbalance that fear by letting them know there is no God or Devil. There’s no need to live in fear. We should enjoy our precious lives to the fullest while of course giving love all around us. Surely that’s a message even Christians recognize as one that Jesus taught. But, whether the source is the Bible, the Koran, or Greek or Roman mythology, all gods are myths, just as there’s no Santa Claus or Easter Bunny etc.”
Roehr, having made a shockingly coherent and admirable point, proceeds to take a hard right toward Crazytown:
“What there are, however, are human beings who were advanced scientists who created all forms of life, known as the Elohim. You can read about them in the oldest versions of the Bible, and the oldest versions are always the less polluted versions.”
Raëlians believe that alien scientists created life on Earth “in their own image,” and that they selected French race car driver Claude Vorilhon (now known as Raël) as their messenger to humanity.
Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha…? All aliens, sent as prophets to the earthfolk. I leave it to you, reader, to determine whether Alien Jesus makes any more or less sense than God-Zombie Jesus. Personally, I think the former theory may leave slightly fewer plot holes.
In any case, this opens up an interesting question for those of us who have yet to drink the tangy kool-aid of UFO obsession: could members of such a cult rightfully consider themselves atheists, if they don’t define their alien creators as ‘gods’?