Regan Lee is author of the UFO blog The OrangeOrb, and has a monthly column in UFO Magazine by the same name. She is also a contributer to the Binnall of America website, writing her 'Trickster's Realm' column. Drawing on her life long relationship with UFOs and the paranormal, Regan writes about UFOs and Forteana in Oregon , her home for many decades, and is also a UFO witness and experiencer herself. Regan is also an aritst, and author of Two Oregon Tales: UFOs and Bigfoot, soon to be available as an e-book. Email Regan Lee.
There are the pranksters and jokers of the world, who play tricks on others for the fun of it. They like to goof around, maybe get some publicity and attention, in the name of a good time. Usually no harm done. There are many reasons why someone would perpetuate a paranormal or UFO hoax: attentions, laughs, the “thrill,” to make money, keep a tourist attraction going, dissuade others from entering a property, etc.
There’s another level of “hoaxing” that goes on, and that’s the person who fools around with UFO or paranormal witnesses, or the researchers who are sincerely trying to study such things. Frequently these types of “hoaxers” have a sense of entitlement based on their personal anti-woo crusade.
Crop circle hoaxers fit into this group. They trespass on private property in order to create their circles. I’ve always been surprised by the lack of responsibility on the skeptic camp side when it comes to this fact. There’s plenty of outrage and scoffing going on about the so-called “believers,” but little if any about the fact there are people tromping around fields without permission just to create their circles. (Not all who fake crop circles are “anti” crop circle, in fact, they’ve had some interesting experiences with geniune crop circles and UFOs while making their fake ones.) Some “fake” crop circle makers do so in order to understand the mystery, and they don’t fit in with those who do it under cover without permission. And do we even have to mention Doug and Dave from years back?
There’s another type of “hoaxing” that goes on: those that pretend to be a witness, experiencer or abductee, or in sympathy with the groups beliefs, who misrepresent themselves to researchers or investigators.
Filmmaker Abdullah Hashem is one such person. Hashem infiltrated the UFO group the Raelians in order to “expose” them. I’m not a fan of the Raelians for a lot of reasons, including their politics involving Israel. But I’m not “against” them either. Leave them be is my philosophy. But Hashem’s justification for going into the Raelians organization under false pretenses is as dangerous as any “cult.” Hashem is offended by their idea/belief of god, God, G-d, etc.:
I'm not a religious nut, but according to my beliefs, when people wear shirts that say there is no God, I have to do something," ~ Hashem told the Mooresville-Decatur Times.
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