In New York City this past Sunday, dozens of women walked through the city with bared breasts in support of International Go Topless Day.
But be careful aligning yourself with the event’s sponsors, or else you might find yourself brainwashed and trapped in the middle of one of the world’s largest alien-worshipping cults.
Now, the cause of the event is something we can all get behind — that women should be able to walk around topless in public without causing a huge stir, just as men can. And a cursory glance at their website, GoTopless.org, voices their support of the issue and states the purpose of the parade, which has ran since 2007.
However, if you do a bit of digging on the site, as a writer over at Gawker did, you may discover some more, um, unorthodox beliefs held by the organization. The first red flag is a link on the front page advertising a book called Intelligent Design: Message from the Designers, beckoning you to “Read for yourself the message for humanity that was given to Rael during his UFO encounters of 1973!”
Rael, of course, being the founder of the Raelian movement, who believe in a theory of origin something like that posited in the science fiction film Prometheus. To quote their website:
Years ago, everybody knew that the earth was flat, everybody knew that the sun revolved around the earth, and today everybody knows that life on earth is either the result of random evolution or the work of a supernatural God. Or is it? In “Message from the Designers”, Rael presents us with the vast amount of information that he received during his UFO encounters in 1973 – a third option: all life on earth having been created by advanced scientists from another world.
In short, the group was founded by French race-car driver and journalist Rael, formerly Claude Vorilhon, who preaches that an alien species called the Elohim created human life on Earth. World peace, Raelians believe, must be achieved so the Elohim can return to Earth to impart their knowledge to humankind. The religion has 70,000 followers in 97 nations, if their own statistics are to be believed.
Apparently, their organization became particularly interested in this cause after New Yorker Phoenix Feeley successfully sued the city of New York in 2007 for arresting her for toplessness (which is legal in New York).
Gawker talked with some Raelian spokesmen that further detail their active fascination with bare-breasted activism, so if you want more information, you can check out their article.