The Raelian Movement counts more than 50 Honorary Guides, men and women who are not Raelian but who dedicate their life, as Raelians do, to changing the world by reducing violence, denouncing injustice and government manipulations, eliminating god-related taboos and promoting Human Rights.
: Honorary Guide since April 24, 1991 for her role in promoting sexual awakening, like in the video clip of her song 'Like a Prayer'.
2. Sinead O’Connor
: Honorary Guide since March 9, 1992 after she ripped up a picture of the Pope on live TV in protest of the church’s role in concealing abuse of children by priests.
3. Michael Jackson
: Honorary Guide in 1992 for his pro-peace and anti-racism songs, especially “Heal the World,” “Who’s Bad?” and “Black or White.” In 1992, Jackson set up the Heal the World Foundation, which focuses on making a safe and healthy development of children a top priority worldwide. The foundation also aims at making the world aware of children’s rights and needs, and to improve humanity by eliminating violence and disease.
4. George Michael
: Honorary Guide since July 8, 2002, for his video clip,“Shoot the Dog,” which lambasted American President George Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair for their decision to attack Iraq. The video portrayed Blair as a dog walked by Bush, and some British TV stations censured the film clip because of its shocking nature. Michael has consistently opposed the war in Iraq.
5. Lauryn Hill
: Honorary Guide since December 16, 2003. During a Christmas concert at the Vatican, she severely criticized the Catholic Church, accusing it of corrupting and abusing children. She alluded to the many sexual abuses of children by U.S. priests and asked them to repent. She was later censored from the Christmas Eve Vatican Concert retransmission on TV. To justify her absence, they told her that her papers weren’t in order. But the papers had to be filled in before the event registration. The most likely reason Hill was cut? She had harshly criticized the Catholic Church.
6. Alexandre Grangeiro
: Honorary Guide since February 20, 2004. While heading the Brazilian Health Ministry program to fight against AIDS, he publicly condemned the Catholic
Church for wrongfully claiming that condoms don’t offer protection and for thereby committing a new crime against humanity.
7. Ramsey Clark
: Honorary Guide since March 4, 2004, for his open letter, dated Jan.29, 2004, to General Secretary of the United Nations Kofi Annan. (You may see the letter at www.iacenter.org/rc_un0104.htm.)
as a former American general prosecutor at the Justice Department, Ramsey Clark took a firm stand against the violent and illegal policies of George W. Bush, especially the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, in which 40,000 defenseless people were killed. Clark compared Bush to Goering and denounced the accumulation and development of new nuclear weapons by the United States while other countries have been denied the right to have them. He also denounced the violation of de-nuclearization treaties signed by the U.S. government and the deaths of 567,000 Iraqi children caused by 12 years of economical sanctions imposed by the United Nations after U.S. prompting.
8. Michael Moore
: Honorary Guide since April 21, 2004. His 2002 documentary, “Bowling for Columbine,” depicted the increase of violence and fear in a gun-crazy America and explored underlying attitudes responsible for this negative cultural milieu. He has since then made other thought-provoking, controversial documentaries characterized by a relentless search for truth backed by hard but unpopular facts.
9. Linda Ronstadt
: Honorary Guide since July 22, 2004. after her constant support of filmmaker Michael Moore and her liberal views. A few days before her nomination, she was denied appearance at the Aladdin Casino in Las Vegas after she dedicated the song “Desperado” to Moore and asked her audience to see Fahrenheit 9/11, his latest film. In her dedication, Ronstadt described Moore as “a patriot spreading truth.” The dedication angered many in the audience, who deliberately spilled drinks, tore down posters and demanded their money back. According to an Aladdin spokesperson, about 25 percent of the audience of 4,500 got up and left before the performance had finished.
10. Bill Gates
: Honorary Guide since July 26, 2004. Founder of Microsoft, one of the world’s wealthiest men and a worldwide philanthropist, Gates arranged in 2004 to give yet another $3 billion to charitable trusts promoting greater equality in global health and learning. In declaring him an Honorary Guide, Rael said Gates is much more of a saint than Mother Theresa was, since he doesn’t spend 90 percent of his donated funds trying to convert those he helps to a religious faith other than their own as she did. Stating that education and basic health measures should be the right of all, Rael pointed out that Gates was setting an example of generosity and compassion – with no strings of religious conversion attached.
11. Hugh Hefner
: Honorary Guide since October 2004 for his milestone achievements in breaking sexual taboos. The Playboy magnate also published a substantial Raelian interview in October 2004 that included photos of a number of alluring Raelian women.
12. President Denis Sassou Nguesso
: Honorary Guide since October 14, 2004, in recognition of his promotion of peace, his handling of regional conflict by non-violent means,
and his respectful treatment of religious minorities, especially the Raelian Movement. Rael is personally grateful for the wonderful welcome he received from President Nguesso during his official visit to Brazzaville, Dec. 13-15, 2001.
13. Hugo Chavez
: The Venezuelan President was named Honorary Guide in October 2004 for his support of those who denounce the horrific genocides and other crimes committed by
Europeans during colonization of the Americas. Spurning the name of the traditional Columbus Day holiday in America, he declared it should henceforth be known as Indian Resistance Day in honor of the indigenous inhabitants.
: Honorary Guide since November 29, 2004, for his anti-war song “Mosh.” The video, available at http://www.eminem.com
, shows that governmental fear-mongering, whether imposed locally or nationally, is highly effective for manipulating people.
15. Thaksin Shinawatra
(former Prime Minister of Thailand): Honorary Guide since December 13, 2004, for his action countering violence in a creative, peaceful way. To help stem violence in a Muslim-dominated southern region of Thailand, he had military planes drop thousands of paper “peace bombs,” some of which contained promises of education or employment.
16. Léon Ferrari
: This contemporary Argentine artist was made Honorary Guide on January 10, 2005, for his most famous work, La civilización occidental y cristiana (“Western-
Christian Civilization,”1965), in which Christ is shown crucified on an American warplane as a symbolic protest against the Vietnam War. Ferrari has also created works deemed offensive
by the Catholic Church, and one of his exhibitions was forced to close in Buenos Aires after a Catholic priest obtained a court order.
17. Michael Newdow
: Newdow, an attorney and doctor who resides in California, was named Honorary Guide on January, 17, 2005, for his commitment to remove all mentions of God from U.S. public affairs. (See his Web site, www.restorethepledge.com.)
18. Ward Churchill
: This Colorado University professor was made an Honorary Raelian Guide Feb. 10, 2005, for his antiwar essay “Satya,” which many Americans deemed
“insensitive” or “unpatriotic.” Churchill pointed out that the three million people killed in the war in Indochina and those who died in the U.S. invasions of Grenada and Panama were
victims of unconscionable governmental decisions. Further, he said indigenous peoples are still subject to genocidal policies.
19. Rosie O’Donnell
: Popular actress, comedian and talk show host O’Donnell was named Honorary Guide on July 15, 2005, for her unswerving support of human rights. She applauded
Canada’s decision to recognize gay rights and condemned the United States for refusing to grant homosexuals the right to marry.
20. Nicholas Negroponte
: On October 1, 2005, Rael sent his personal congratulations to Nicholas Negroponte and named him Honorary Guide for his advancement of education inimpoverished countries. Committed to providing children worldwide with the means to use the educational and communications benefits of the Internet, Negroponte currently chairs One Laptop Per Child, a nonprofit organization that supplies inexpensive (under $100) computers designated for children in poor countries.
21. Michel Houellebecq
: Named Honorary Guide on October 7, 2005, for: (1) writing a novel (its English title is “The Possibility of an Island”) that depicts a religious movement inspired by the Raelian Movement; (2) integrity and exemplary honesty when publicly discussing the Raelian Movement; and (3) generating extraordinary worldwide media interest in Raelianism. Houellebecq said he is proud of his Honorary Guide designation, especially since he was the first and (at the time) only French citizen to be given this title.
22. Cindy Sheehan
: On November 8, 2005, Rael awarded her the title “Honorary Guide of Humanity” for promoting peace and non-violence. Sheehan’s son Casey was killed while on duty in Iraq, and following his death she demanded an explanation for the war from President George Bush, campaigning ceaselessly toward that end. By establishing a camp near the gates of his Crawford ranch to publicly protest the war and the senseless deaths it has wrought, she reenergized the U.S. peace movement for a new generation.
23. Brian Haw
: As of Jan. 14, 2006, when he was made Honorary Guide, Brian Haw had spent four-and-a-half years encamped outside London Parliament to highlight the plight of Iraqi children. Arrested after a law had been passed forbidding spontaneous free speech within a one-kilometer radius of the House of Commons, Brian Haw told the police, “I’m not
breaching the peace. I’m fighting for it.” He was almost immediately released: Although his sleeping bag was within shouting distance of the Prime Minister’s bedroom, he had been there before the law took effect. The High Court judges ruled that he was exempt from the ruling. Nevertheless, although police continued to harass him, Haw went back to Parliament Square and set up a peace camp. He has kept vigil there since June 2001. (See www.parliamentsquare.org.uk/)
24. William Blum
: American author and U.S. policy critic Blum has written several books, including “Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower,” which became a bestseller after Osama Bin Laden said in a video message that all Americans should read it. A former State Department employee, Blum started his activist career in 1969 when he exposed the names and addresses of 212 CIA officials, and he has since authored a number of books and worked to expose government corruption. For these efforts, Rael named him Honorary Guide on Jan. 25, 2006.
25. Ayaan Hirsi Ali
: Rael awarded this Dutch feminist, writer and politician the title of Honorary Guide on Feb. 6, 2006. Born in Somalia, she left her native country at 22 to escape
from an arranged marriage and found refuge in the Netherlands, where she later became an elected representative. A strong advocate of the freedom of Muslim women, she became a
target of Islamic extremists. Theo Van Gogh, director of “Soumission,” (“Submission”), a film critical of the treatment of women in Islamic society, was murdered by such a group in
November 2004, and Dutch authorities have confirmed that Hirsi Ali, who wrote the screenplay, is also in danger.
26. Wafa Sultan
: Arab-American psychologist Wafa Sultan of Los Angeles was awarded the title of Honorary Guide on March 20, 2006, for taking a strong stand on the drawbacks of Muslim fundamentalism. In an interview aired on Al-Jazeera TV on Feb. 21, 2006, she said today’s primary conflict is not a clash of civilizations, but a clash between the mentality of the Middle Ages and that of the 21st century.
27. Michel Onfrey
: The work of this French philosopher and writer is very close to the Raelian philosophy. He was made an Honorary Guide March 20, 2006.
28. Michael Berg
: Rael named him Honorary Guide on June 9, 2006, for his admirable reaction to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s execution by the American army. Although his son had
been beheaded by this man, Berg took a stand against revenge, saying every act of violence leads to more violence in a never-ending, vicious circle of death. Berg practices the absolute non-violence advocated by Ghandi – the only value that can save the world.
29. Warren Buffett
: An American investor and one of the world’s richest men, Buffett announced in June 2006 that he had decided to give away 85 percent of his vast wealth to
benefit humanity. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other foundations have begun distributing the funds to assorted educational and humanitarian projects around the world. For
his exceptional generosity and compassion, Rael made Buffett an Honorary Guide on June 30, 2006.
30. King Jigme Singye Wangchuck
: He was named Honorary Guide on Aug. 10, 2006, for his wise rule illustrating peace and love toward all of humanity. Rael especially commended the emphasis placed on “Gross National Happiness” over economic growth. He also praised the king’s decision to make the Kingdom of Bhutan the first non-smoking nation; the care taken to protect the country from the cultural pollution of excessive tourism; and his offer to give up his power as supreme ruler and institute democratic procedures. Largely through his efforts, the country is now a constitutional monarchy rather than an absolute monarchy. Revered by his people, he retained power after a democratic vote, then abdicated in favor of his eldest son in late 2006.
31. Dr. John Sanford
: In his book “Genetic Entropy and the Mystery of the Genome,” Sanford illustrated that the very foundation of the theory of evolution, the “primary axiom,” is false. In addition to presenting compelling evidence that entire genomes cannot evolve upward, he presented compelling evidence that higher genomes actually degenerate over time. A growing number of scientists, including Dr. Sanford, are courageously countering the views of those “elevated high priests of the scientific community” who continue promoting
evolution as incontestable reality despite overwhelming evidence against it. For his brilliant and courageous exposure of the flaws in the evolutionary premise, Rael made Dr.
Sanford an Honorary Guide on Aug. 21, 2006.
32. Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo
: This Zambian Archbishop made it his mission to seek change in longstanding Vatican policy. Had he been successful in persuading his superiors that priests should be allowed to marry, he could have saved many innocent children from sexual abuse, but he was excommunicated from the Catholic Church for ordaining married men. The widely publicized existence of numerous pedophiles in the Catholic Church speaks for itself, and the only way to deal with it is to allow priests a normal sex life. Rael made Milingo an Honorary Guide on November 7, 2006.
33. Jose Ramos Hortas
, Prime Minister of East Timor: Rael made him an Honorary Guide on December 29, 2006, for his message to Osama Bin Laden aired six days earlier by the BBC. The message encouraged the Al Qaeda leader to extend the love and compassion he shows for his Muslim brothers and sisters to everyone in the world.
34. Tali Fahima
: This Israeli peace activist served two-thirds of a three-year prison sentence for helping a Palestinian militant. “I was brought up to consider Arabs as something that shouldn’t be here,” she told Ha’ir, a Tel Aviv weekly paper. “One day I understood there were many gaps in my information, things that are not in the media. I realized that it’s about human beings, and that we have to take responsibility for the way their lives look.” Rael made her an Honorary Guide on January 4, 2007.
35. Eyal Sivan
: Awarded the title of Honorary Guide on Feb. 20, 2007, Sivan directed “Route 181: Fragments of a Journey in Israel-Palestine,” a film in which he portrayed the divide of the physical landscape and that of the humans who inhabit it. He especially emphasized the deep racial hatred Israelis harbor toward Palestinians.
36. Sean Penn
: On April 4, 2007, the Academy Award-winning star of “Mystic River,” (he was also Oscar-nominated for “I Am Sam” and “Dead Man Walking,”) was made an Honorary Guide. Rael cited Penn’s unconditional stand for peace and his unique ways of reminding people that a single human life is always precious, whether that person is from the
United States, Iraq, Iran or elsewhere.
37. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum
: As ruler of Dubai, he allocated $10 billion for an educational fund in the Middle East, where 40 percent of the women lack access to education. Rael awarded him the title of Honorary Guide on May 26, 2007.
38. Jimmy Carter
: On October 11, 2007, Rael made this former president of the United States an Honorary Guide, citing his courageous stance of “putting truth before politically
39. Tiken Jah Fakoli
: This Ivory Coast celebrity penned the song “No to Excision” to protest the barbaric tradition of female genital mutilation. He has also stated his commitment to promoting African unity, peace and forgiveness. Rael awarded him the title of Honorary Guide on December 28, 2007.
40. Daniel Barenboim
: The renowned conductor and pianist, an Israeli citizen, was made Honorary Guide January 17, 2008, for promoting peace in the Middle East and championing Palestinian rights.
41. Vincent Kragbe Gadou
: Gadou, Chairman of the Free Trade Zone in Biotechnology and Information Technologies in Ivory Coast, was awarded the title of Honorary Guide on Sept. 19, 2008. Rael praised him for his extraordinary involvement in the creation of this free trade zone as well as for his promotion of the cooperation with the so-called emerging countries of China, India and Brazil.
42. Noam Chomsky
: On September 30, 2008, this American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, political activist, author, and lecturer, was made an Honorary Guide for his
commendable actions aimed at understanding and peace.
43. Jacques Fresco
: This renowned futurist, self-taught scientist, architect and inventor was made Honorary Guide on October 23, 2008 for his deep commitment for his whole life to investigation into human behavior and humanity’s future.
44. Gilad Atzmon
: On March 22, 2009 this Israeli-born British jazz musician and anti-Zionist author and activist was made Honorary Guide after Rael read his essay “War on Terror Within: The End of Jewish History”.
45. Christine Rabette
: On may 12, 2009 the young french director was made an Honorary Guide for her short movie ‘‘Merci’’ The film is about how laughing is contagious.
46. Tsvi Misinai
, a renowned pioneer of the Isaeli software industry was made honorary guide on August 6th 2009(64) for his powerful actions to prove that Palestinians are Jews converted to Islam.
47. Patch Adams
: Honorary Guide since May 10, 2010 for his efforts to bring more compassion, love and justice on our planet. A doctor and social activist, he created the Gesundheit institute as a school and clinic practicing alternative medicine.
48. Georges Soros
: Honorary Guide since September 8, 2010 for his actions to promote and defend human rights. As a billionaire, he is well known for his work in currency speculation and philanthropic activities.
49. Timothy Berners-Lee
: Honorary Guide since September 17th, 2010 as the principal inventor of internet and the World Wide Web and for advocating free internet access for all humanity.
50. Peter Tatchell
: Honorary Guide since September 21st, 2010 for campaigning for human rights, democracy and global justice since 1967. He is co-founder of the gay rights organization Outrage and left wing member of the Green Party of the United Kingdom.
51. Yoav Shamir
: Honorary Guide since September 30, 2010 for his controversial viewpoint of Israeli political policies in his documentaries ‘‘Check Point’’ and ‘‘Defamation.
52. Julian Assange
, Honorary Guide since December 10, 2010, for dedicating his life to make a better world, exposing Governments' manipulations on his whistle-blower site Wikileaks.