Anti-gay Scientologists backed Mark Foley

October 4, 2006 — WASHINGTON – Mark Foley, who resigned from Congress because he got caught sending sexually suggestive e-mails to teenage male pages, had a political relationship with the very anti-gay Church of Scientology, it was revealed yesterday.

The controversial cult-like church has major operations in Clearwater, Fla., which just happens to be in Foley’s district.

The group also hosted a fund-raiser for Foley in May 2003 when he was considering a Senate run.

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It posted photographs of a smiling Foley posing with key Scientology officials who presented him with a copy of founder L. Ron Hubbard‘s tome “Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.”

That book defines “homosexuality” as a “sexual perversion.”

Although he never officially came out of the closet, that Foley was gay was one of the worst-kept secrets in Washington.

A spokeswoman for the church did not return calls seeking comment.


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Niles Lathem and Ian Bishop, The New York Post, Oct. 4, 2006,

Religion News Blog posted this on Wednesday October 4, 2006.
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