James Randi-affiliated investigator, who previously inferred FIGU a “cult” group, now posts revealing film clip, debunks skeptics’ own claims
In the Special Features section of The Silent Revolution of Truth, Derek Bartholomaus, the lead investigator for the skeptical inquiry into the Billy Meier UFO case, had referred some 17 times to “followers” of Billy Meier, inferring that those who were studying, or advocates for, Billy Meier’s evidence, information and teaching were followers of a guru-type cult leader.
Now, in an apparent about face from years of attacks against the Swiss UFO contactee and prophet, Bartholomaus, whose own group is closely affiliated with skeptical debunker James Randi, has himself posted evidence that debunks those skeptical claims about a “Billy Meier cult”.
The one-minute long segment from the original unfinished edit of the documentary shows Meier’s stepson, Atlant Bieri, declining any leadership role in the FIGU society. His statement, “I refused to be the leader of this society,” confirms the on-film introduction from Michael Horn, Meier’s American media representative, “Ultimately each person has to become their own leader.”
Horn said, “I was pleasantly surprised by Derek’s finding and posting this forgotten segment from the original, uncut edit we sent him for approval of his own interview in the film. Derek’s surprising assistance shows how even the most diehard skeptics are contributing to revealing the truth about Meier and his work. We included interviews with many of the students of the spiritual teaching but having Derek point out the clearly independent, anti-cultic behavior of a presumed leader-to-be deserves our thanks.
“In light of the fact that he also retracted his claims that Meier used model UFOs and miniature trees to ‘hoax’ his photographic evidence, some may now think that Derek is secretly collaborating with us – but nothing could be further from the truth.
“He may still seem to side with those who claim to have ‘duplicated’ Meier’s UFO photos and films. But don’t be surprised when Derek also admits that the best photographs and films by today’s model makers will never pass the same tests that Meier’s evidence did, which is why they’re never submitted to such testing. And I hope that rather than incur the wrath of his fellow skeptics, who may now see him as a ‘traitor’, that they will follow Derek’s lead and discover the ample evidence that Meier and his students practice the same values that they espouse, i.e. love, peace, harmony and…freedom.”