Scientology tech: Homophobia trumps doctrine

I’ve read a few blog entries and forum posts recently about LRH’s opposition to homosexuality. Now, the idea of a religion (even a phony one) being opposed to homosexuality isn’t exactly startling. But in the case of Scientology, Hubbard’s anti-gay viewpoint could be interpreted as disproving his own doctrine.

According to Scientology, we are all thetans – spirits that control the mind and the body. Hubbard is adamant that neither the mind nor the body are the true nature of man. The thetan is what makes you, you; the body and mind are merely the hardware we use to exist on this planet.

Hubbard says that thetans have no mass, no location, and no measurable qualities. They also have no penis and no vagina. Thetans are gender-neutral.

Most of us did not choose the body we’re in, says Hubbard. But if you become a Scientologist and pay thousands of dollars to become an Operating Thetan (OT), you can unlock your true spiritual potential – which includes choosing what body to occupy in your next lifetime.

Now, Hubbard teaches that marriage is a good thing. If two thetans find each other, they’re going to want to form a “second dynamic” relationship – get married and have children, then start them in the church so the little ones can free up their own thetans.

So let’s say these two married OTs die – or rather “drop their bodies,” which Scientology teaches is an intentional act. Mr. OT decides he’s going to pick up a male body again. But Mrs. OT decides that she’s had enough of being a female, and she wants to be a man, too.

Now we have a problem.

Remember that, as OTs, these two people are suppose to have perfect past-life recall. They should have no problem finding each other and hooking up again – except they can’t, because they are both occupying male bodies, and according to Scientology, homosexuality is an aberration. (Actually, I’m being nice: Hubbard actually said that homosexuality was perverted and deviant behavior and a sign of illness, and recommended institutionalization for “sexual perverts” including gays and lesbians.)

Hubbard’s concept of the gender-free thetan pervades all levels of Scientology. Even in the 1960s, a time when woman’s liberation was still a new and novel concept, female Scientologists were holding important positions in the Church, even captaining Hubbard’s ships.

Given this attitude, you would think the Church would at least be tolerant of same-sex relationships – after all, what if two thetans in love had a misunderstanding, and both came back in male bodies? Hey, these things happen.

Instead, Hubbard’s views on homosexuality were very much in keeping with the times in which he lived. “Space opera” is all well and good, but not if it involves two man (or two women) doing the nasty.

Think about it: If Hubbard’s theories were anything other than sci-fi bullshit, you’d think he’d address the issue of gender-neutral thetan soul-mates inadvertently occupying same-gender bodies.

But he didn’t.

Which says to me that Hubbard wasn’t a superior intellect who had unlocked the secrets of the universe. Instead, he was just another run-of-the-mill homophobe trying to make a buck.



4 responses to “Scientology tech: Homophobia trumps doctrine

  1. Screw you Caliwog.

    In all my dating I have met at least 4 that were Cleopatra and 2 that were Marilyn Munroe.

    And of course, DM was Napoleon, Marty was some black guy (probably a slave) and my ex-CO was clearly Charlie Chaplain.

    As for LRH he was a cockroach. Although he claimed to be a prophet and had Heber and the senior execs take the entourage through FLB in 1992 attempting to convince the Asian world that indeed, LRH was none other than Buddah returned. I kid you not.

    I used to remember so many scios trying to “remember the bank account numbers in Switzerland” to go back and get their fortunes, the most obsessed with this was Paul Godfrey in LA, most hilarious to listen to.

    Although Mike Ferris tops that, according to his comments last week, he spoke two languages last lifetime, and although he boasts to being “clear” can’t quite remember a darn thing.

  2. >Screw you, Caliwog.

    We could, but think of all the auditing we’d need to straighten us out!


  3. This is an interesting posting. A post I wrote earlier today is similar in its questioning the dualistic approach of major faiths:

  4. I know a woman in Australia who sent her own kid into the church to be “cured” of his gayness. I tell you, it goes t show what idiots Scio’s and FZers are.

    Here is a list of things that can be cured with Scientology (or so they claim):

    Inability to communicate
    Ability to know
    Ability to remote view
    Ability to rip off the air covers of planets
    Ability to eat one Big Mac without flinching

    What Scientology really cures is this:

    1. Suppress your hardwired genetics/Brain and know that every thought about doing a guy (if your a guy) is wrong. Woman liking women is still cool and not frowned upon (LRH was a guy, right?).

    2. Make False Memories — like Shiela Huber in Sydney who claims to have perfect recall of every minute since birth (and she doesn’t).

    3. It is true Scientology can give you the ability to eat a big mac without flinching. I know, it happened to me when I did a rundown. It was called he “Eat shit while doing slave labor on the RPF and get underfed” It was a fantastic rundown.

    Now I have to get busy building spaceships to go to the Big Dipper. There are a bunch of aliens that have reactive minds there that I must audit. I still have 999,999,993 years left of obligation on my contract with the SO.

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