A few years ago, the ‘UFO cult’ leader claimed to have cloned human beings, and was widely dismissed as a crass self-publicizer and hoaxster.
‘Once we can clone exact replicas of ourselves,’ he says on the Clonaid website, ‘the next step will be to transfer our memories and personality into our newly cloned brains, which will allow us to truly live forever.’
His latest achievement is only slightly less ambitious. He has undertaken to single-handedly restore the clitorises (clitori?) of African women disfigured by the tribal ritual of clitoral excision. Rael is passionate in this cause, since the beneficiaries ‘now have the possibility to regain sexual pleasure and be whole once again.’