Scientology and Sex

What does Scientology teach about sex?

For most members - including new members - Scientology teaches that sex is a part of healthy adult married life, particularly as it relates to having children.

However, after continuing with Scientology for a while, members read a Scientology bulletin called "Pain and Sex", which states that sex is unnatural for humans and a perversion, and that sex was invented by psychiatrists millions of years ago to trap us. It says that "pain and sex were the INVENTED TOOLS of degradation" created by psychiatrists, and "the stocks-in-trade of psychs are PAIN and SEX." This is a key teaching behind Scientology's vehement opposition to all forms of psychiatry - the bulletin says that psychiatrists "have been on the [time] track a long time [in other words, they've been around for millions of years] and are the sole cause of decline in this universe." According to this teaching, "When sex enters the scene, a being fixates and loses power", and "Lovers are very seldom happy."

What does Scientology teach about homosexuality?

Outwardly, they don't seem to say much about it. There's no mention of homosexuality on Scientology's web site.

In the book Dianetics, though, L. Ron Hubbard labelled homosexuality a perversion:

"The sexual pervert (and by this term Dianetics, to be brief, includes any and all forms of deviation in dynamic two1 such as homosexuality, lesbianism, sexual sadism, etc. ... ) is actually quite ill physically. ... And the sum of it is that the pervert is always a very ill person in one way or another, whether he is conscious of it or not. He is very far from culpable for his condition, but he is also so far from normal and so extremely dangerous to society that the tolerance of perversion is as thoroughly bad for society as punishment for it."

One former Scientologist, Michael Pattinson, sued Scientology for fraud after he spent 25 years and $500,000 on Scientology services based on promises that they could "cure" his homosexuality.

Scientology's "Second Dynamic"

What is the Second Dynamic?

Scientology teaches that a being's strongest urge is to survive, and that the urge to survive is expressed in eight ways, known as the Eight Dynamics. The Second Dynamic is sex and the family. (What are the others? The first is the self, the third is groups, the fourth is humankind as a whole, the fifth is life forms (including animals and plants), the sixth is the physical universe, the seventh is the spiritual, and the eighth is infinity.)

Although Scientologists vehemently oppose any alterations to L. Ron Hubbard's writings and teachings, the current management of the Scientology organization has been changing the definition of the Second Dynamic from "sex and family" to "creativity". A simple look at their current web sites shows this change: while one page says the Second Dynamic "has two components: sex and the family unit, including the raising of children" and another says the Second Dynamic "can be called the sex dynamic", yet another says the Second Dynamic is CREATIVITY which "incidentally includes sex as a mechanism for future survival".

To a Scientologist, altering the teachings like this is seen as a major change and the most serious of spiritual crimes.

More Information about Scientology Teachings on Sex:

Scientology, Travolta & Gays, from FAB Magazine

Scientology & Gay Rights

Alterations to the Definition of the Second Dynamic