- Gender and Relationships
Does 'Scientologist' mean 'Gay and Closeted'?
For starters it has a charismatic, yet clearly unbalanced “leader” in Tom Cruise. (Now of course, Tom Cruise is not really the leader of the Chruch of Scientology, but to all intents and purposes in the public eye he may as well be), it requires members to devote large amounts of time and money to its apparently illogical beliefs, and it views (or has viewed, depending on your source) homosexuality as an unfortunate deviancy, and an illness.
While many gay Scientologists deny this, L. Ron Hubbard was embarrassingly clear about his position.The following is an extract from his 1950 book, “Dianetics: The Modern Science Of Metal Health”, unofficially subtitled by myself as 'Do you see what happens when you let writers take themselves too seriously?'
"The sexual pervert (and by this term Dianetics, to be brief, includes any and all forms of deviation in Dynamic II [i.e. sexuality] such as homosexuality, lesbianism, sexual sadism, etc., and all down the catalog of Ellis and Krafft-Ebing) is actually quite ill physically."
A year later, and L. Ron Hubbard was back to tackle the problem of homosexuality in a much more concrete way. Rather than simply condemn it, he had a cure! Hurrah!
A year of wearing tinfoil to bed and purifying his brain by steaming it gently in heat tanks had brought him to the conclusion that homosexuality was an illness caused by a fixation on the dominant parent of the opposite sex. I can't quite fathom the logic of that one myself, but then I'm certainly no L. Ron Hubbard.
However, all Hubbard decided you needed to do was "Break this life continuum concept by running sympathy and grief for the dominant parent and then run off the desires to be an effect and their failures and the homosexual is rehabilitated."
If you're smart like me, you'll notice that sentence is barely coherent. I'm not sure it needs to be, afterall, it was not intended for unbrainwashed eyes such as ours to read.
Nowdays there are such things as gay Scientologists, whether they are trying to cure themselves of their homosexuality, or if the Church of Scientology has become more accepting of rich gay people, we may never know. After all, much of what goes on behind closed doors is not seen by the public, due to the general opacity of closed doors.
Officially, the Church of Scientology has now laid off calling homosexuals mentally ill. According to gay scientologist, Keith Relkin, L. Ron Hubbard issued the following retraction:
"It has never been any part of my plans to regulate or to attempt to regulate the private lives of individuals. Whenever this has occurred, it has not resulted in any improved condition... Therefore all former rules, regulations and policies relating to the sexual activities of Scientologists are canceled.”
Still, being gay and being a Scientologist in combination is something of a hot topic. Tom Cruise has been repeatedly accused of being gay, something that pisses him off and makes him sue someone dammed near every time it is mentioned, and John Travolta has had similar claims made about his sexuality. However, to be fair, this may not be a function of Scientology making them stay in the closet, rather it is conceivable that they may actually be straight. Isn't it possible for a man to be handsome, well groomed, and a good dancer without being gay? Isn't it also possible for a man to occasionally think about intercourse with another man without being gay?
The debate rages on...