A follower of the UFO religion who undressed on a beach refused to put on her bikini because she believes being asked to cover her breasts in public is sexist.
Ruby Macea Pacheco, 52, was fined for stripping topless on the beach in the Marbella neighborhood, in the Colombian coastal city of Cartagena, in August.
Police said she was exposing her breasts and refused to cover up when asked to do so, resulting in a fine of 400,000 Colombian pesos (Â£ 74) for “committing sexual acts or exhibitionism “in a public space”.
Ruby told local media that she was a member of the UFO religion Raelism, also known as raelianism, which was founded in France in the 1970s by Claude Vorilhon, known as Rael.
Devotees believe that humans are not alone in the universe and that we are created by an extraterrestrial civilization more advanced than ours called Elohim.
In Hebrew, Eloha (the singular of Elohim) means “those who came from heaven” and practitioners believe the word has been misinterpreted by God when it really refers to extraterrestrial civilization.
Raelians believe that all life on Earth was created by aliens through genetic engineering, and that – through human cloning and spirit transference – immortality can be achieved.
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A fundamental philosophy of religion is gender equality, as Rael said: âAs long as men can be topless in public, women should have the same constitutional right. Otherwise, men should wear something to hide their breasts.
On its website, Religion UFO states, âWe are a United States-based organization founded in 2007 by spiritual leader Rael and we affirm that women have the same constitutional right as men to be shirtless in public. “
Ruby said, âIn the Raelian movement, there are activities like this, like GoTopless, which involves being naked to the waist.
“Men are allowed to go shirtless, therefore women have the same right that is written in the Colombian Constitution that we are all born with the same rights.”
It is not known if she intends to fight her fine for going topless on the beach because of her religious beliefs.