The Church of Scientology consistently claims to promote human rights, however those rights do not apply to all. The San Diego branch of Scientology has recently joined forces with other conservative fundamentalist groups to oppose same-sex marriage in California.
“It’s a way for Scientology to gain legitimacy in the eyes of other churches,” explains one religious expert who prefers to remain anonymous. “This is deceptive, in that at the upper levels Scientology denies the existence of Jesus Christ. These Christian churches are being deceived.”
The Church of Scientology has campaigned publicly to show they support human rights and civil liberties by creating two front groups, Youth for Human Rights (YHR) and the International Foundation for Human Rights and Tolerance (IHFRT). Both loudly promote human rights and purport to support the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights which includes this phrase:
“All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.”
The creed of the Church of Scientology states in part: “We of the Church believe: That all men of whatever race, color or creed were created with equal rights; That all men have inalienable rights to their own religious practices and their performance… That all men have inalienable rights to their own lives…”
“Opposing the rights of a couple, regardless of their genders, to join in a legal union and have the same rights as others actually opposes the very thing Scientology claims to uphold,” continues the expert, who declines to be named out of concerns of retaliation by Scientology.
Even more disturbingly, in a recent video a well know Scientology operative, Tim Armer, was asked on video how he felt about Scientology’s founder L. Ron Hubbard stating that homosexuals should be killed. “Fine, ” replied Armer, “Fine.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YSHXJNV0D8
The interviewer was referring to a passage from The Scientology text Science of Survival in which Hubbard wrote that sexual deviants, into which he grouped homosexuals, should be “removed from society quietly and without remorse” if Scientology’s version of reparative therapy, known as auditing, did not work to “cure” the homosexual. Hubbard wrote, and Scientologists believe, that homosexuals are part of a group that they consider to be “unsaveable.”
In July masked internet civil rights activists calling themselves Anonymous marched in San Diego’s Pride Parade to alert the public and media about Scientology’s anti-gay agenda. Says one Anonymous who participated in the parade, “Civil rights are just that, and marriage is a civil function. That marriage license is a piece of paper mandated by the state, and should not be denied to anyone. This right and other civil rights which Scientology wishes to deny citizens are why we protest. And speaking for myself, voting No on 8 sends a message that no church should legislate a state function, and more importantly who we love.”