Does the Australian branch of Scientology support L. Ron Hubbards anti gay policy?
Are LGBTI people welcome to join the church in Australia?
In recent years sections of the church of Scientology have tried to soften the churches anti gay stance.
But insiders and some former church members say the policy is still alive and well, although the church tries to avoid any public discussion of the matter.
While some local church branches have tried to appear gay friendly the gay hate policy persists.
But what about Australia?
Does the Australian branch of Scientology welcome gay members or is it sticking with the founders’ position?
What about the most famous Australian Scientologist Kate Ceberano. Does she support the anti homosexual stance?
This newspaper excerpt sums up the terrible policy:
Scientology is still guided by the words of L. Ron Hubbard, and his books and policy letters are not to be altered in any way even though he's been dead for 26 years. So when Hubbard called homosexuality a "perversion" in his 1950 book Dianetics, and then a year later characterized homosexuality as "covert hostility" on his chart of human emotion, which he called the Tone Scale, those words tended to be set in concrete for Scientologists.
Covert hostility registers at 1.1 on Hubbard's Tone Scale -- for non-Scientologists, your emotional state can go from 0 (death) on the low end to 4 (enthusiasm) on the high end. (Only Scientologists can reach the top end of the full scale -- Tone 40, which equals "serenity of beingness.")
Hubbard taught that people can move up the Tone Scale with his processing (called "auditing"), and to this day gay members are told they need to "handle" their homosexuality through auditing, which will raise them above 1.1 to higher states on the scale.
In other words, Scientology believes in gay therapy. If a homosexual moves above 1.1 on the scale, they'll be happier, and they will no longer be gay.