I don’t know what got me thinking about this today, but scientology is definitely NOT the authority on human rights.
Maybe it was all the writing about sex and marriage in my last blog post. It got me thinking about my wonderful married friends who happen to be gay, and how in scientology, that’s unthinkable.
How did I stay in such an organization for so long? It still shocks me how insidious their mind control techniques are. I mean, I have friends of all races, sexual orientations, religious beliefs, and political beliefs. I couldn’t care less. All I care about is if they are good and kind people, and to a one, they are.
So again, how in the world was I caught up in this for so long? I’m not going to be able to answer that question here, but I can tell you about what passes for “human rights” in scientology. It makes me angry, so this may not be such a light-and-breezy post. Here goes:
When I first got into scientology, my field auditor showed me a fancy pamphlet describing scientology. On the front were “the aims of scientology” as written by l. ron hubbard in 1965:
“A civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where Man is free to rise to greater heights…”
Sounds lovely. But lets look at it a bit closer. What do you consider an “honest being”, scientology? What do you consider “able”?
What being “able” means in scientology
Being “able” in scientology basically means “having money”. I know this is the case, because when I was being indoctrinated into scientology, I was told by my field auditor that scientology is all about “making the able more able”.
He then explained that being “able” means being able to support yourself, not being on the streets, in an institution, etc.—the general idea being that if you are able, you can then reach higher levels of ability in scientology, and once all the “able” people are taken care of spiritually, we can all get together and help the “less able”.
What it really means is this. If you’re able, they want you, because you can pay them. If you’re not able, i.e. if you haven’t got the money to pay for scientology, then they don’t want you. Period. End of story.
Doesn’t sound much like a church, right? That’s because it damn well has nothing to do with taking care of another human being.
What “honest beings” means in scientology
Well, that’s an interesting one. Scientologists don’t consider you to be honest if you don’t agree 100 percent with the teachings of l. ron hubbard. So that lets the majority of the planet out.
Also, if you’re gay, scientologists consider that you’re aberrated, so you can’t possibly be honest. Here’s what I mean:
In the book Science of Survival: Prediction of Human Behavior, which every scientologist MUST read (yes, EVERY scientologist), hubbard talks about the “emotional tone scale”. This is a scale that goes from +40 at the highest to -40 at the lowest.
One of the worst places to be on the tone scale is at 1.1 or “covert hostility”. Scientologists use the term “1.1” so much, it’s just part of normal conversation, like “She’s being so 1.1 today.”
Per hubbard, this is who sits at 1.1 on the tone scale: “the level of the pervert, the hypocrite, the turncoat, …the subversive.”
What do these people at 1.1 on the tone scale practice? “…promiscuity, perversion, sadism, and irregular practices” as well as “free love, easy marriage and quick divorce.”
How does free love equate with sadism and perversion????
He also wrote, “it is non-survival not to have a well ordered system for the creation and upbringing of children, by families” and that these apparent “sexual perverts” engage in “irregular practices which do anything but tend toward the creation of children.”
Oh brother. So basically, if you’re gay you’re in the same league as a sadist? Yeah, heard that one before. Westboro Baptist Church, anyone?
But here’s the best part: Hubbard’s solution to anyone who is 1.1 on the tone scale, per Science of Survival:
“Such people should be taken from the society as rapidly as possible and uniformly institutionalized…”
Argh. I know this was written in 1951, but why still have it out there, and why make every scientologist read it if you’re not still practicing discrimination? Because you are, that’s why. Asshats.
Now, apparently there are openly gay scientologists these days. But this book is still out there and still required reading, so I can’t figure that one out. Who would want to be part of an organization that openly calls you a pervert? Just wondering, gay scientologists out there…
I’ll say it again: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS HUMAN RIGHTS IN SCIENTOLOGY.
If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know pretty well that I was subjected to all manner of nastiness while in the sea org. Human rights? Working 18 hours a day, 7 days a week, for about $40 if we got paid at all? Yeah, right.
I wanted to see what new PR lines scientology was putting out these days regarding human rights, so I googled it and came upon a website for the STAND League.
Oh brother. Typical scientology PR drivel.
Here’s what they say about scientology and human rights:
“The Church holds that the heart of human rights consists of respecting the manifold variety of human life, including people of every racial, ethnic and cultural background or sexual orientation, as well as the broad spectrum of personal opinions and religious beliefs. The foundation of human rights consists of a strong mutual respect among a government and its people, religious communities and other groups, believers and atheists alike.”
I call BULLSHIT. There is no way scientology TRULY supports people of other sexual orientation. See above.
Their thoughts on birth control and abortion? That people are “free to decide for themselves.”
Again, BULLSHIT. I know of many women in the sea org who were forced to have abortions because if they didn’t, they’d have to leave. Read the link below if you don’t believe me. I worked with Claire for years and I know she’s telling the truth.
Can you see how insane this is?????
Here’s another example of scientology’s take on “human rights”: Human trafficking of children in the sea org. Did these kids want to be stuck in a hellish environment, doing manual labor and often being sexually violated? I think not. If you think I’m too overblown here, I invite you to look at this:
There is one section of the STAND website that I like: The section on “Hatemongers and Hate Bloggers”. I invite you to read some of what they’ve written. They are strong, brave people who aren’t afraid to tell the truth.
But I have one bone to pick: Why aren’t I on there yet, STAND League? Do I have to scream louder? Do I need to write a book? Then I will.
Anything to get people to wake up and see that there is no such thing as human rights in scientology.
Rant over for now. Next time, back to a more lighthearted post. I can’t stand feeling this angry for too long—not good for the soul.
On that note, here’s one of my favorite quotes from an ACTUAL humanitarian:
“I have decided to stick with love… hate is too great a burden to bear.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.