Cult leader Rael's attempts to sue a Canadian columnist for calling him a "scatterbrained swindler" and a "clown" have failed.
The judge threw out Rael's $85,000 suit, dismissing his arguments as "airy-fairy" and noting that the terms he found offence with were very similar to those he himself employs when talking about other faiths.
The judge also decreed that Rael's belief system is fair game for criticism, especially thanks to the doubts surrounding his group's claims that eternal life will be possible through human cloning.
As the Montreal Gazette reports: 'In the doubts surrounding a Raelian follower's claim to be the mother of a cloned baby, the judge cited Rael's comment that, "true or false, and even more so if it is not true, it enabled us to get our message out to the entire world."
'In that context, even when calling Vorhilon 'crazy' and a 'fraud,' Gratton 'did not cross the line' that would make him liable for damages."'
"If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, chances are it's a duck," the judge wrote, noting that Rael "even lied shamelessly in testifying about his adventures."
To get the lowdown on Rael and his followers from and to read about Rael's "adventures" with mysterious alien visitors called the Elohim click here.
Read the full article from the Montreal Gazette here.