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Academic paper: How the Church of Scientology Lures in Closeted Individuals, by McKenna Cole

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  1. Academic paper: How the Church of Scientology Lures in Closeted Individuals, by McKenna Cole


    https://soundideas.pugetsound.edu/relics/vol3/iss1/1/


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    Added Author

    McKenna Cole


    Abstract

    Using Kate Bornstein's memoir, Queer and Present Danger, as a primary source, HBO’s Alex Gibney’s documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief and several other articles and interview; I will be analyzing the manner in which the Church of Scientology provided closeted homosexual and other ‘sexual deviants’ a false sense of hope. This is done through the promise of a structured community and the possibility of ridding individuals of their homosexual tendencies, which during this time was seen as a mental and physical illness.


    Subject

    Religions; Religions -- Philosophy; Religions -- History


    Journal

    Relics, Remnants, and Religion: an Undergraduate Journal in Religious Studies


    Publication Date

    1-31-2018


    Language

    English


    Publication Place

    Tacoma, Washington


    Publisher

    The University of Puget Sound


    Type

    article


    Recommended Citation

    Cole, McKenna (2018) "How the Church of Scientology Lures in Closeted Individuals," Relics, Remnants, and Religion: An Undergraduate Journal in Religious Studies: Vol. 3 : Iss. 1 , Article 1.


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    https://soundideas.pugetsound.edu/relics/vol3/iss1/1


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  2. Incredulicide Member

    Another paper from the same Journal:

    The Dangerous Discourse of Dianetics: Linguistic Manifestations of Violence Toward Queerness in the Canonical Religious Philosophy of Scientology Francesca Retana, Relics, Remnants, and Religion: An Undergraduate Journal in Religious Studies, Volume 2 Issue 2 Article 4, May 5 2017

    http://soundideas.pugetsound.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1029&context=relics

    "I will argue that the expression of sexuality is violently repressed by the deployment and manipulation of discriminatory language included in Scientology’s canonical texts that introduced the technological philosophy of Dianetics. L.Ron Hubbard’s outlined path to spiritual superiority in his invented, new and alternative religious movement is enduringly plagued by prejudice. The narratives and testimonies of queer and ally defectors/apostates from the institutionalized Church of Scientology include their understanding of the Second Dynamic (or Sex Dynamic) and the ways in which a Dianetic framework of human existence is brimming with unbridled bigotry with the intent to indoctrinate. I will seek to prove that L.Ron Hubbard has equipped Scientology with normalized master tools of manipulation that champion compulsive heteronormativity and in turn diminish, if not erase, autonomy and agency as they relate to the expression of sexuality and gender nonconformity."

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