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Raelian commemorate Giordano Bruno's assassination


The Raelian Movement commemorates the assassination of Giordano Bruno by a ‘Planetary day of mourning’ in his memory


The Raelian Movement, an atheist religion which founding dogma is the affirmation that all forms of life on Earth were created scientifically a very long time ago (thanks to a perfect mastering of genetic engineering) by extraterrestrial visitors, announces that it will organize on February 17, 2004 in Rome and in many countries around the world, demonstrations asking for the rehabilitation of Giordano Bruno.

On February 17, 1600, the philosopher and defrocked monk Giordano Bruno was sentenced to death at the stake by the Roman Catholic Church. He was then burnt alive at the ‘Campo dei Fiori’ in Rome.

The ‘Holy Congregation of the Roman and Universal Inquisition’, then under the order of the Pope Clement VIII, had him imprisoned and the court of the Roman Inquisition initiated a trial against him for ‘heresy’, for he dared declare that the Universe was ‘infinite’ and even worse, suggest that some forms of life might exist outside the Earth. These ideas were considered totally ‘heretic’ and contrary to the Catholic doctrine.

Today, Giordano Bruno’s hypotheses are revived and accepted since the discovery of planets outside our solar system and numerous research programs are trying to discover traces of extraterrestrial life.

Although the Church has rehabilitated, after centuries of wondering, other philosophers such as Galileo, Jan Hus and Savonarole, it has not yet found the courage to recognize its culpability for the assassination of Giordano Bruno, one of the great minds of his time, a philosopher welcomed by the European princes and long protected by Henri III, king of France.

For the launching of the campaign ‘2004, International Year of Atheism’, the Italian Raelians will gather in the Italian capital and will pay homage to Giordano Bruno on the anniversary of his death; flowers will be deposited at the foot of the statue, erected in 1889 at the ‘Campo dei Fiori’ in Rome, while Raelians worldwide will gather also in their respective countries in his honor and in homage to freedom of thought.

We solemnly ask the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church to:

- ask for forgiveness, in the name of his Church, for the assassination of GIORDANO BRUNO, burnt at the stake.

- prove to the world that the repentance of his Church is not hypocritical, by accepting to ‘uncanonize’ cardinal Robert Bellarmin… who conducted the trials of Galileo and Giordano Bruno, and who was canonized in 1930 (here is a new opportunity to question the claim to infallibility of the popes…).

The 60,000 Raelians of the planet will ask people to sign petitions to request apologies from the Pope and to ask that the canonization of the cardinal who instructed the trial be nullified.

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