Scientology: Gays and Lesbians should be quarantined and institutionalized

As cities around the world prepare for their annual Pride celebrations, it is worth considering the “Church” of Scientology’s official position on gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and queer people (LGBTQ). According to Scientology, such “perverts” should either be quarantined and institutionalized, or go through extensive Scientology “processing” until once again they have value as human beings.

In the Scientology cult’s most sacred text, “Dianetics,” written in the early 1950s, a modern reader is somewhat startled to find this passage:

“The sexual pervert (and by this term Dianetics, to be brief, includes any and all forms of deviation in dynamic two [sexuality and procreation] such as homosexuality, lesbianism, sexual sadism, etc., and all down the catalog of Ellis and Krafft-Ebing) is actually quite ill physically.” (L. Ron Hubbard, “Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health”)

The cult’s founder, science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, felt LGBTQ people were malicious, untrustworthy and incredibly dangerous to society. In his follow-up book, “Science of Survival,” he establishes a “tone scale,” ranging from -3 to +4, for classifying categories of people and evaluating human behavior. “Perverts,” as he classified LGBTQ people, fall at 1.1 on Hubbard’s scale. He considered them to be extremely dangerous to society.