Scientific Hoaxes

Newsletter #6 – The Church of Spiritual Humanism

January 9, 2003 – Philadelphia

The icy winter months are now upon us here in Philadelphia, despite the lengthening days since we marked the winter solstice. There is a lag time between the astronomical event and improvement in the weather. We can look forward to the eventual change of the seasons and the Spring Equinox.

If you haven’t visited our forums lately you might be interested in the wide variety of discussions now going on. Also many will be happy to hear that the Opt-in Directory has been updated. This voluntary listing of Spiritual Humanist Clergy can be found at directory.


Cloning claim may be latest scientific hoax to captivate public

By Bob LaMendola and Nancy McVicar January 7 2003
If the Raelian babies turn out not to be clones, it would be the latest in a long tradition of medicine and science hoaxes.

From the Piltdown man, to a Chicago physicist cloning himself, to bananas carrying flesh-eating bacteria, outlandish medicine and science claims have proven irresistible to the public and the news media for centuries.
The number of phony claims has jumped because of the Internet, said people who track hoaxes. Previously, hoaxsters had to get on the news to gain wide attention, but now they can build a Web site and send out a bunch of e-mails.

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In less skeptical times when the importance of scientific verification was not understood, claims like this may have been accepted at face value. The other claims of the Raelians, and indeed all religions, should be looked at just as skeptically. Unless there is scientifically verifiable proof of something we should not accept it as a reality.

Human cloning technology has many valid medical uses that will reduce human suffering for millions of people. However because of the probable health risk to the clone it is not yet ethically acceptable to create a clone of a human. When this technology matures we will have to re-evaluate the morality of such actions.


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Dear sir or ma’am
I just wanted to say that I am excited about this new opportunity to become a clergy person the church. Anyway I just have a few questions.
I know that I am a clergyman. However how do I not know this is some sort of scam? I am thinking about purchasing some clergy packages for myself, but how do I know that I will get these items.

Take care


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RA Zorger
President, The Church of Spiritual Humanism