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UFO Religion Wants to Hand Out Pamphlets at Florida Schools Now Too

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raelian1.jpgphoto by Carmen Slade via WIkimedia CommonsEarlier this week, we told you about how the Satanic Temple plans on handing out their literature to public school kids in Florida on the heels of an Orange County School Board decision to allow an Evangelical Christian group to hand out Bibles.

And now an international UFO religion wants to get in on that handing out religious materials to school kids action. And, yes, they have a chapter here in Florida.

The religion, known officially as the International Raelian Movement, has announced their support for the decision to allow the Satanic Temple to offer their religious literature in the school district. The group’s leader is encouraging Raelian members to now go and do likewise.

See also: Satanic Temple to Distribute Pamphlets to Florida Schools

Much ike the Satanic Temple, the Raelians want to spread a message of open mindedness to Florida’s youth.

"It’s about equality for all," Donna Newman, spokesperson for the Raelian Movement in South Florida tells New Times. “No violence, peace on Earth. If society is just leaning towards just one specific doctrine, it’s not fair. Why can’t they open up their doors to other beliefs? Let the childen choose, not just pound one doctrine into their heads all their lives.”

Raelism, which was founded in 1974 by former French race car driver and one-time pop artist Claude Vorilhon, has for years held to the belief that the Earth was created by extraterrestrials they call Elohim.

Vorilhon claims that he was visited by such extraterrestrials in 1974. These beings, he says, gave him the task to spread their message to the world. Since then, Vorilhon changed his name to Rael and is now head of a worldwide movement that has garnered attention not just for its belief system, but how they spread that belief. Mostly, by having their female members show up to public events topless.

So when news broke that the Satanic Temple was going to hand out their materials, Rael sent out a press release supporting the campaign.

"Religious freedom is either for everybody or it doesn’t exist," Rael said in his statement. "We want to offer students diversity and a more peaceful literature than that of the Bible."

He then urged Raelians to take his books to the Orange County schools.

What those books entail is still a work in progress, according to Newman.

"We’re still working with the leaders on what exactly we’re going to hand out," she says. "But we’ve been doing things for school children for many years, such as teaching them safe sex and condom education. The main thing is that when we see an issue, we try to get ahead of it."

Newman spoke of the group’s topless campaign, which was something that started off as a kernel of an idea eight years ago and has since blossomed into something that pretty much defines the group — outside of their belief in extraterrestrials, that is.

Newman spelled out Realism’s tenets, telling New Times that their teachings are about acceptance and allowing children to choose their own path. “There’s no room for ‘an-eye-for-an-eye’ in our religion, you know?”

She also pointed towards the group’s free online book titled “The Message,” which supposedly holds the teachings Rael was handed down by his extraterrestrial visitors.

"I’ve challenged so many people to read our book and point out any negativity in it," she says. "And they simply could not."

Still, Newman is not lost on how people might perceive their group handing out literature to children. “The Satanic Temple, on the surface, seems dark and furtive, you know,” she says. “And we understand that people will see our literature and freak out a little over it. These people believe in UFOs! Oohh… you know. But, we truly believe children should not be forced into any one doctrine. That they are not pressured. That they decide on their own path when they become adults.”

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Alleged Rather attacker paroled but, Kenneth, the frequency remains unclear

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For years, I have been watching closely the progress through the New York State penal system of William Tager, a North Carolina man who shot an NBC technician outside of the broadcaster’s studios at Rockerfeller Plaza in 1994.  Tager plead guilty to1st degree manslaughter in 1996 and until last fall, had resided at Sing Sing Correctional Facility on a 12 1/2 to 25 year sentence.

(The Tager case was unusually similar to the 1995 homicide in myhome town, Ottawa, of CJOH TV sportscaster Brian Smith, who was shot by a paranoid schizophrenic man he never knew. To this day, the security booth at my employer, the Ottawa Citizen, has a photo of Jeffrey Arenburg, since paroled, posted in case he decides to pay a visit.)

What makes the Tager case fascinating, however, is its link to one of the strangest events in modern media history  –the apparently random and unprovoked attack on CBS anchorman Dan Rather, in the foyer of a Manhattan apartment building in 1986.

During the attack, one of the assailants — Rather claimed two men beat him — repeated a question that Rather said was, “Kenneth, what is the frequency?”  No one was ever arrested or charged in the peculiar incident and Rather was unable to offer an explanation of why he was attacked or the cryptic question.

The Rather incident was the subject of an R.E.M. song of a similar title.  R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe described the attack as “the premier surrealist act of the 20th century.”

But after Tager was convicted of killing the NBC technician, a court-appointed psychiatrist who had examined him told New York newspapers that he believed Tager was responsible for the Rather attack.  Dr. Park Dietz told the New York Daily News there is “no question that it was William Tager who  assaulted Dan Rather”

Rather was shown a photo and positively identified Tager. “There’s no doubt in my mind that this is the person,” he said.

The other man allegedly involved was conveniently discarded as the New York tabloids decided that Tager was responsible.  Some theorized that because Tager was Jewish, the bizarre phrase uttered during the assault might have in fact been, “Goniff, what is the frequency?” — goniff being a Yiddish word for thief.  That Tager had committed the attack was never again questioned, except in a brilliant, satirical piece in Harper’s that fingered novelist Donald Barthleme.

Tager never got a chance to respond. He wasn’t charged or tried for the attack and never commented on it publicly. To this day, his role in the Rather attack is merely an allegation.

Rather sings “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth” with R.E.M.

A few years ago, I personally wrote to Tager at Sing Sing and asked  him about the Rather allegation. No response.

In October, the New York States Department of Correctional Services website showed that Tager, now 63, had been paroled. I filed a request under the New York State Freedom of Information law for transcripts of his parole hearing. Was it possible, I wondered, that he was asked about the Rather allegation by the parole board? Maybe he copped to it, I thought.

Unfortunately, as you can see in the response posted below, Tager never went before a parole board hearing. He was granted a “limited  time credit allowance,” which is a sort of good-behaviour clause that allows early release, given conditions for release, and left prison on Oct. 27, 2010.

From the Parole Board documents below, we know that Tager is again living in New York City and probably in Manhattan. He is not allowed to drive a car. He cannot drink and can’t set foot in a bar. He must undergo substance abuse testing and counselling. He has a curfew set by his parole officer, and gets mental health counselling.

But what we still don’t know is whether William Tager was author of the strangest incident in the strange career of Dan Rather.


A True Story

(Whatever happened to the world’s greatest naturally occurring Situationist guerilla?)

William Tager was born on a parallel Earth in the year 2265. A convicted felon, Tager was selected by the world government as the first human test pilot of the government’s experimental inter-dimensional portal, which had been under development for 149 years. Tager agreed to volunteer in exchange for the promise of a full pardon upon his safe return. 

At the end of an unduly brief training regimen, Tager prepared for his journey in the anteroom to the travel chamber. Shortly before the portal time, Tager received a lone visitor. Vice President Kenneth Burrows, a dark-haired, authoritative Texan known for his short temper and alien simile, considered by many the most powerful man on the planet. 

Burrows warned Tager that a transmitter had been implanted in his brain. If Tager chose to remain in the alternate space/time, Burrows would use the transmitter to summon him home. It was essential that Tager complete both legs of the trip and provide a full report. Following debriefing, the transmitter would be removed and Tager granted his pardon.

Tager landed in this Earth’s Manhattan on September 1, 1986. His exploration of the local culture proceeded without impediment until, one cool morning, he was mistakenly arrested for putting coins in expired parking meters. The court sentenced him to 30 days, and ordered psychiatric evaluation when Tager protested that would prevent his timely return to Earth. 

Upon his release fourteen days after the deadline, Tager began receiving messages from Vice President Burrows ordering his immediate return. The transmissions were hostile, sometimes obscene. It would be a week before another return window, but Tager had no way to communicate back. Unable to sleep, his mind constantly bombarded with the leader’s vitriol, Tager began to lose his mind. If only he could ascertain the precise frequency on which the messages were broadcast, he might be able to override the transmissions and rest until the time for departure.

Walking the streets of Midtown late on the evening of October 4, 1986, Tager saw Vice President Burrows. Or more likely his double on this Earth, Tager considered, since a man with Burrows’ power would surely never undertake the risk of a trip across time and space with no assurance of return. But perhaps it was a trick – Burrows could have come from the future to eliminate his guinea pig.

“Kenneth! Kenneth Burrows!” yelled Tager as he approached Burrows, known on this Earth as Dan Rather. 

Rather/Burrows turned to see who was yelling. Tager knocked him to the ground. 

“What’s the frequency, Kenneth!?” demanded Tager, shaking his stunned nemesis.

Tager persisted for a few minutes, slapping the man twice before concluding this was not Vice President Burrows, but his double. As people gathered, Tager ran into the night. 

Three long days later, lost in the delirium of sleep deprivation, Tager missed his second and final opportunity to return home. Stranded, penniless, and driven beyond the brink of sanity by the interminable rants of Burrows, he was forced to sleep on the streets and steal every meal. Tager roamed the alien Earth for a seeming eternity, searching for an alternate route home, cycling in and out of incarceration in prisons and sanitariums. 

In his moments of lucidity, Tager realized over time that the messages must have been carried through the massive relays of the primitive local broadcasters. He inhabited the public library, trying to maintain enough concentration to comprehend the technology destroying his mind, and lurked outside the studios in the hope of finding a messenger. 

Years later, in an effort to contact someone who could identify the frequency, Tager killed an NBC technician outside the Today Show studios. 

Though the shooting occurred through the window as Bryant Gumbel chatted with Deborah Norville about his weekend, all tape of the assassination has been suppressed. Tager currently serves his exile in a prison hospital upstate. The voices, now a recorded message automatically replayed every 20 minutes, continue.

This month, Tager is scheduled for his parole hearing [enter name into linked dB to see for yourself].

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