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A non exhaustive list of UFO religious groups

                                             Raëlism



“Raëlism (also known as Raëlianism or the Raëlian movement) is a UFO religion that was founded in 1974 by Claude Vorilhon (b. 1946), now known as Raël. The Raëlian Movement teaches that life on Earth was scientifically created by a species of extraterrestrials, which they call the Elohim. Members of this species appeared human when having personal contacts with the descendants of the humans that they made. They purposefully misinformed early humanity that they were angels, cherubim, or gods. Raëlians believe that messengers, or prophets, of the Elohim include Buddha, Jesus, and others who informed humans of each era. The founder of Raëlism, members claim, received the final message of the Elohim and that its purpose is to inform the world about Elohim and that if humans become aware and peaceful enough, they wish to be welcomed by them.”


                                   The Nuwaubian Nation

“The Nuwaubian Nation or Nuwaubian movement was a religious organization founded and led by Dwight York. York began founding Black Muslim groups in New York in 1967. He changed his teachings and the names of his groups many times, incorporating concepts from Judaism, Christianity, and many esoteric beliefs.In the late 1980s, he abandoned the Muslim theology of his movement in favor of Kemetism and UFO religion. In 1991 he took his community to settle in upstate New York; then they moved near the county seat of Eatonton, Georgia, in Putnam County. His followers built an ancient Egypt-themed compound called Tama-Re and changed their name to the “United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors.””


                                      The Universe People

 “ Universe People or Cosmic People of Light Powers (Czech: Vesmírní lidé sil světla) is a Czech and Slovak UFO religion founded in the 1990s and centered on Ivo A. Benda. Their belief system is based upon the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations communicating with Benda and other contactees since October 1997 telepathically and later even by direct personal contact. They are considered to be the most distinctive UFO religion in the Czech Republic.“ 

                                  

                                               Scientology

“Scientology is a body of religious beliefs and practices created in 1954 by American author L. Ron Hubbard (1911–86). Hubbard initially developed a program of ideas called Dianetics, which was distributed through the Dianetics Foundation. The foundation soon entered bankruptcy and Hubbard lost the rights to his seminal publication Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health in 1952. He then recharacterized the subject as a religion and renamed it Scientology, retaining the terminology, doctrines, the E-meter, and the practice of auditing. Within a year, he regained the rights to Dianetics and retained both subjects under the umbrella of the Church of Scientology.

 In the OT levels, Hubbard explains how to reverse the effects of past-life trauma patterns that supposedly extend millions of years into the past. Among these advanced teachings is the story of Xenu (sometimes Xemu), introduced as the tyrant ruler of the "Galactic Confederacy”. According to this story, 75 million years ago Xenu brought billions of people to Earth in spacecraft resembling Douglas DC-8 airliners, stacked them around volcanoes and detonated hydrogen bombs in the volcanoes. The thetans then clustered together, stuck to the bodies of the living, and continue to do this today. “         

                                  

                                            Heaven’s Gate

“ Heaven’s Gate was an American UFO religious millenarian group based in San Diego, California, founded in the early 1970s and led by Marshall Applewhite (1931–1997) and Bonnie Nettles (1927–1985). On March 26, 1997, police discovered the bodies of 39 members of the group who had committed mass suicide in order to reach what they believed was an extraterrestrial spacecraft following Comet Hale–Bopp.

Heaven’s Gate members believed the planet Earth was about to be “recycled” (wiped clean, renewed, refurbished, and rejuvenated), and the only chance to survive was to leave it immediately. While the group was against suicide, they defined “suicide” in their own context to mean “to turn against the Next Level when it is being offered” and believed their “human” bodies were only vessels meant to help them on their journey. In conversation, when referring to a person or a person’s body, they routinely used the word “vehicle””                                      

                                  Church of the SubGenius

“The Church of the SubGenius is a parody religion that satirizes better-known belief systems. It teaches a complex philosophy that focuses on J. R. "Bob” Dobbs, purportedly a salesman from the 1950s, who is revered as a prophet by the Church. SubGenius leaders have developed detailed narratives about Dobbs and his relationship to various gods and conspiracies. Their central deity, Jehovah 1, is accompanied by other gods drawn from ancient mythology and popular fiction. SubGenius literature describes a grand conspiracy that seeks to brainwash the world and oppress Dobbs’ followers. In its narratives, the Church presents a blend of cultural references in an elaborate remix of the sources.“                  

                          

                                        Aetherius Society

“The Aetherius Society is a millenarian, New Age, UFO religion. It was founded by George King in the mid-1950s as the result of what King claimed were contacts with extraterrestrial intelligences, whom he referred to as “Cosmic Masters”. Regarded as firmly based in Theosophy, the Aetherius Society combines UFO claims, yoga, and ideas from various world religions, notably Hinduism, Buddhism, and Christianity. Stefan Isaksson notes that it has “become a complex religious belief system that includes an extraterrestrial hierarchy of various spiritual masters and such concepts as universal karma and religious healing.” The religion’s goal is to prevent worldly destruction by improving cooperation between humanity and various alien ‘masters’,and by using 'spiritual energy’ to improve the spiritual calibre of the world “

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anonymous asked:

I read your experience with canon being rewritten or forgotten in the case of Grievous and, honestly, I was both laughing and crying by the end. There's so much fucking potential when it comes to reylo and seeds are planted, but they could have chanted their minds somewhere in 2016 and now Rey is nothing but Luke's daughter and Kylo Ren is a moustache twirling villain. Whatch get OT-fans-watching-the-sequels-level mad. I don't want to be salty, but I may end up being salty.

I’m happy you were able to get some kind of laugh out of that post. XD

For me personally though, I don’t think I’d be upset if Reylo never becomes canon. Slightly disappointed? Yeah, everyone is a little bit disappointed if their ship doesn’t set sail, but that won’t stop me from shipping! I still ship Zutara from Avatar: The Last Airbender even though the Kataang ship has long been sailing into marriage and beyond. Shipping is for fun, whether its canon or not, and should be done so for enjoyment! :D

However I will be immensely salty if they choose the Rey Skywalker route, not because oh no my ship sank, but because it’s so… Predictable. Boring. Expected of the plot. Everyone (And I mean literally everyone) is expecting her to be a Skywalker. There is no suspense, no mystery to solve there. It falls extremely flat as a story, as everyone sees it coming, and Rey “keeping her identity a secret” from BB8 would be completely pointless. I think that’s why a lot of Reylo shippers cling to their ship, because it means Rey and Kylo’s stories will be much deeper than “what is on the surface is what you get.” And stories with no depth are so. Uninteresting.

As someone who has spent her whole life crafting and creating stories I understand the importance of plot twists and big lead up reveals. And, to me personally again, I find it incredibly frustrating to have something leading up to something great, but then the writer takes it in a whole other direction that makes literally no sense and makes the characters behave Out of Character to achieve it. (See: Felicity Smoak from the Arrow series)

As pointed out by @reylotrashtrash, to make Rey a Skywalker would mean the destruction of Luke Skywalker’s character. It would take this caring, compassionate, understanding and hopeful man and reduce him to either:

A) A man who ditched his own daughter on a desert planet and left her to fend for herself, having lied to her and telling her that he’d be back. Instead of, you know, letting Leia take care of her in his place in much the way Leia sent Ben to Luke. He has family she can live with, you know.

B) A man who slept with a woman and never knew Rey existed, I honestly do not see Luke randomly sleeping with women for funsies and never ever committing to a relationship before hand. (This is assuming he is not following the old Jedi path of no marriage.) It just seems strange, and borderline uncomfortable, that Luke would fuck some random woman in a bar and leave.

Either route paints him in a horrible light, especially in the way they’ve built him up thus far. He supported and tried to help Ben to the best of his abilities and failed, and that hurt him, because it had cost so many Jedi their lives. He’s empathic, and cares deeply. He wouldn’t be hiding on an island, moping in sorrow, if that weren’t the case. (And if it’s not, we’ll certainly know his reasons in TLJ) And Leia and Han don’t know about her either? Does that mean Luke just never told them he had a daughter, if he knew? What kind of father is that? To take care of his nephew, but shun his own daughter so badly she never meets her aunt and uncle?

So I don’t want Rey to be a Skywalker for the soul fact that it would ruin Luke’s depth and make him out of character, and it would be so predictable it’s not even funny. Heck, even the crowd at Celebration were Dead Silent for Rey Skywalker being called out on stage, but cheered wildly for Rey Kenobi.

But again. All it takes is one writer to say “no dude she’s totally a Skywalker” to make it so. Regardless of what it does to other characters, regardless what it does to the story. And I will be unbelievably salty from a writer’s perspective. There is no real way to have Rey Skywalker without destroying Luke, the main hero of the franchise and an icon for generations, in the process, and not in any good light or with any good story. And I don’t know why anyone would want that. To watch Luke, a compassionate hero who fought to save his friends and father, be reduced to A Bad Father. And for Rey’s story to be the most predictable, foreseen failure of a plot twist reveal in Star Wars history.

But all it takes is one writer. :/

anonymous asked:

You seem a very reasonable person and Im hoping for an explanation of an idea Im seeing all over my dash. You believe NT is in charge of BG and not Syco is that right? That all this crap we're going through is Azoff deciding to try to get one over on Syco by making the stunt utterly disgusting and blaming Syco? But apart from the fact that NT would be as bad as Syco AND whoever in charge SO clearly wants rid of Larries, why would Syco not just end BG in the press if they know Azoff's plan?

Putting the TL;DR upfront, with the longer explanation below the cut.

Early 2015-July 2015 Preperation and early days of babygate: Old Team pushed for a high profile pregnancy announcement that would quickly be denied. New Team helped facilitate.

July 2015: Something changes, babygate gets extended because of Old Team.

August 2015-November 2015. Syco with some gentle assist from Modest! the babygate show. New Team mostly stays out but steps in for short moments to counteract things like Simon flying Briana to London.

November 2015-present: Modest is out, Syco is OT and is the one running the negative, baby mama, gold-digger, negative spin stories, along with the Danielle stunt. NT is pushing the present and excited father stories in higher profile US publications.

This allows for Azoff to announce that he’s taking over management, and implicate Simon in babygate, rather than himself. So both teams are contributing the the current media stories but with different intents and spins to achieve their desired outcomes. But grandpa is going to win in the end.

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A Visit to a Mormon Temple… On Acid!

No religion is complete without a little mystery—Catholicism with its Immaculate Conception, Scientology with its OT Levels, Buddhism with its Nirvana. It goes without saying that the Latter-day Saints have their share of enigmatic rituals. Some Christian fundamentalists are quick to point out the esoteric beliefs of the LDS church, including the ideas that Mormons become gods of their own planets when they reach one of three heavens, that Jesus vacationed in the Americas, and that they once sort of had a thingagainst black people.

The Mormon obsession with building gigantic temples around the globe also raises some eyebrows in non-believers, owing to the secrecy of whatever goes on inside. 

Mormons hold regular Sunday services in churches open to the public, even slobs like you and me. But unless you’re an incredibly loyal, obedient member, you won’t be getting into any of the temples, a “house of the lord” specialized for prayer, fasting, marriage, baptism (including the controversial “baptism of the dead”), and other “ordinances” or contracts with the Almighty.

Nevertheless, the LDS church hosts an open house when it completes a new temple, inviting society to stroll through God’s crib, free of charge. Afterward, they dedicate the place, forbidding public entry. Naturally, the rumors fly: The temples are rooted in Freemasonry. In temple ceremonies, you are given a secret new name. You learn a secret handshake. Couples are sealed for all eternity in a “celestial marriage,” and in the afterlife, women will forever give birth to “spirit babies.” I could list dozens of other weird rumors I’ve heard—for instance that, after an open house, the church tears out and replaces the carpet—but I can barely find references to these online, let alone confirm them.

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If none of the available tones work with your character, please let me know and tell me which color I should use! My character is always pale ot the lowest level of tan, so I can’t test these out really. I want to make my designs available to more people so if you ever need an adjusted version of one, let me know and I will do my best to make it work!