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Clitoraid—no joke

Raelians Rocket from Clones to Clitorises @ Wired Science Discoveries

The cult's leader, Rael, whose real name is Claude Vorilhon, has become outraged by the custom of female genital cutting, the primarily African practice in which part of a girl's genitalia is sliced away.

Now the Raelian Movement has resolved to build a hospital in the West African country of Burkina Faso, where women could come to have their clitorises "reconstructed."

"Rael thought this is a crime against humanity," says Lara Terstenjak, a spokeswoman for Clitoraid, a nonprofit set up by the Raelians to sponsor genital surgeries.

Awesome movement.  Always happy to see crazy people doing good in the world.

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alk
Feb. 26th, 2008 05:56 am (UTC)
That's a WTF, but it's a good WTF, haha.
aekiy
Feb. 26th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
Tha's roughly what I thought when I saw it. ^*^;
helen99
Feb. 26th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure whether Rael promoting something is good for the cause or not... he's kind of ultra-wacky...

He believes he was contacted by aliens who showed him how to become immortal through cloning (hence his organization "Clone-aid".). People still search for him on rialian.com, much to our amusement.

If nothing else, he's always been entertaining. Those crazy Frenchmen...
aekiy
Feb. 26th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
It's true. But as Marci Bowers is quoted as saying in the article, "They weren't anything different. It's just that they bought into this philosophy involving extraterrestrial beings on earth." The important part, I think, is that they are actually getting people together to do some real good in the world, regardless of what they believe.

And heck, it's not like their beliefs are any stranger things I've considered myself. It's more their unverified claims about human cloning and the money they charge for it that's questionable.
rmash1948
Feb. 26th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
I guess we'll just have to see if this is a sincere effort or just another flash in the pan for Rael. I agree, however, that FGM is a crime against us female-type critters.
aekiy
Feb. 27th, 2008 12:00 am (UTC)
Yep. Hopefully they do some provable good, rather than laying claim to something that isn't actually happening.
rmash1948
Feb. 27th, 2008 12:01 am (UTC)
Yep. The proof's in the pudding, as the old saying goes.
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