According to a leading UFO researcher, fundamentalist Christians at the Pentagon have stymied funding of extraterrestrial investigations because they fear “the phenomenon that was being witnessed was demons.” Ron James, media relations director for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), said the U.S. government’s Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program (AATIP) faced opposition from “a huge group of people…not just a little voice in the Pentagon” who believed that.
James said he heard that statement from Luis Elizondo, former head of AATIP. The organization existed from 2007 to 2012 but wasn’t made public until 2017. Its successor, the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force, was the subject of a June 2020 hearing in the U.S. Senate. The governmental organization that researches UFOs is now called the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office and is part of the Defense Department.
Fundamentalist Christians Hamper Study of Aliens, Say Insiders
On the Julian Dorey podcast in July, Mutual UFO Network’s James said he talked to Mars researcher Dr. John Brandenburg, who was “working under classification as a physicist for a long time” and who said “a big contingent” of “extreme fundamental religion is governing what we are investing our energy and our time [in].”
James described interviewing U.S. Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn), who pointed to scriptural evidence for UFOs. “His feeling was that if you look in the Bible and you look at Ezekiel building the wheel there’s a lot of people that think that that was a spaceship,” James said of Burchett. The congressman, who has called for Christian revival in America, made headlines after the Covenant School shooting in Nashville, when he said of gun violence: “We’re not going to fix it.”
Last month, astrophysicist and Christian apologist Dr. Hugh Ross said he believes alien encounters are spiritual manifestations, not literal space creatures. On Billy Hallowell’s “Playing With Fire” podcast, Ross said, “As a Christian, as a believer in the inerrancy of the Bible, I do believe in the existence of nonphysical reality. Because the Bible tells us God created two different species of intelligent life—one that’s constrained by the physics of the universe and one that is not.”
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Earlier this year, James released the documentary “Accidental Truth: UFO Revelations.” The film, narrated by actor Matthew Modine (“Stranger Things,” “Oppenheimer”), features interviews with scientists and government insiders about the UFO phenomenon.