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Will Laura Prepon Clean Up The Lies She Told the LGBTQ Community When She Was a Scientologist?

While we are glad to see Laura Prepon’s public departure from Scientology, we argue that she does not deserve a free pass given what she knows and what she did while in Scientology. For example, see Tony Ortega’s article: That time Laura Prepon helped silence a Danny Masterson victim for Scientology.

Laura Prepon should consider telling her story. She could talk about what really goes on inside of Scientology’s Celebrity Centre and the lies she told herself and the public as a Scientologist.

Laura Prepon with Danny “DJ Donkey Punch” Masterson when she was still in Scientology

Laura Prepon could do something as basic as talking about her personal tipping point: What happened to cause her to stop being the doctrinaire Scientologist she was for so many years?

Given the Church of Scientology’s horrific reputation, for Prepon to minimize her 18-year  membership as part of a spiritual journey she transcended via motherhood, her actions seem to us to be nothing more than self-serving virtue signaling.

Instead of making a difference at all and speaking out, it seems Laura Prepon wants to sweep it all under the rug and be lauded and celebrated for saying she left Scientology and has not practiced Scientology for five years. Prepon appears to have taken L. Ron Hubbard’s deal to leave Scientology alone so that it will leave her alone:

We are not a law enforcement agency. BUT we will become interested in the crimes of people who seek to stop us. If you oppose scientology we promptly look up – and find and expose – your crimes. If you leave us alone we will leave you alone.

It’s very simple. Even a fool can grasp that.

And don’t underrate our ability to carry it out. — L. Ron Hubbard

Laura Prepon is no Leah Remini or Jason Beghe.

Laura Prepon was not a dabbler in Scientology like, say, Jerry Seinfeld. She was all in just like Tom Cruise. She was a long-term hardcore Scientologist from 1999 to 2017 and is now using PR tactics to minimize her 18-year high-profile membership in the Church of Scientology. During her 18 years in, Prepon did PR for Scientology; donated money; attended events; and did interviews in which she lied about what Scientology actually is and understandably concealed its Master Race goal to take over the planet.

In the 2014 video below, Prepon stated, “‘I’ve been a Scientologist since 1999 and I’ve never come across any piece of information that remotely is negative or derogatory in any way towards the LGBT community.

There is so much evidence proving that Laura Prepon lied when she made this statement.

The transcript of the Menendez-Prepon interview; Emphasis ours.

Alex Menendez (AM)
Laura Prepon (LP)

AM: You have a huge fan base many of them were very women

LP: Yes many women

AM: And many of whom were upset that you were not going to be as present in season 2

LP: Yeah the internet likes to go crazy and come up with theories about why that was
one of the theories was that your faith was in conflict with the show you have been very clear it was a scheduling conflict

LP: Yes

AM: So that is out there you put that out there and yet I do wonder have you ever experienced a conflict between your faith and the material that’s on the show

LP: No no you know what’s so funny is I you know as an actress I gravitate towards the the best material you know so like the best material in my opinion that’s what I want to work on
and it has nothing to do with my religion or my spirituality it has to do with the fact that I’m an actress and I love playing this role and I’m gonna play it

LP: And what’s funny is when when the rumors came out about the fact that oh it’s because I’m playing a lesbian and that’s frowned upon I’ve been a Scientologist since 1999 and I’ve never come across any piece of information that remotely is negative or derogatory in any way towards the LGBT community

LP: And they’re an amazing fan base and I’m very supportive of that fan base so yeah I don’t I don’t know where people came up with that but again it’s like when you’re in like a vacuum and people don’t know what to do when they’re in a mystery they tend to fill in the blanks and I get it it’s you know human behavior that people want answers and they make stuff up so whatever I’m an actress and rumors get thrown around and it’s part of my job and I have to deal with.

Prepon disingenuously claims that she doesn’t know where people “came up with that” concerning Scientology and its hostility to LGBTQ people. L. Ron Hubbard considered homosexuals and all “sexual perverts” to be degraded beings. Laura Prepon knew this and still knows it.

Scientology’s infamous “sec checks” ask Scientologists about their sexuality, sexual activities, and even asks about interracial sex. Prepon knows this; she would have been sec-checked many times in Scientology. An excerpt from Scientology’s Jo’Burg Sec Check:

L. Ron Hubbard wrote of “the sexual pervert” in in Dianetics (emphasis ours):

The sexual pervert (and by this term dianetics, to be brief, includes any and all forms of deviation in Dynamic II such as homosexuality, lesbianism, sexual sadism, etc. and all down the catalogue of Ellis and Krafft-Ebing) is actually quite ill physically.

Perversion as an illness has so many manifestations that it must be spread through the entire gamut of classes from (1) to (5) above. Over-development of sexual organs, underdevelopment, seminal inhibition or magnification, etc. are found some in one pervert, some in another. 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. Lacking proper means prior to this time, society has been caught between tolerance and punishment, and the problem of perversion has, of course, not been resolved.

The Krafft-Ebing catalogue to which Hubbard referred was created by the German psychiatrist Richard Freiherr von Krafft Ebing and was published in his 1886 work Psychopathia Sexualis. This book catalogued and defined what Krafft Ebing called “sexual psychopathologies.”

LGBT Nation wrote of Krafft Ebing:

Richard von Krafft Ebing was a German Professor of psychiatry born in 1840 who spent much of his professional career studying, publishing, and lecturing on what he considered to be sexual aberrations. While many remember him for coining terms which first appeared in his book Psychopathia Sexualis with Especial Reference to Antipathic Sexual Instinct like fetishism, sexual psychopath, masochism, sadism, necrophilia, and heterosexuality, what he has ultimately been most remembered for was his role in the criminalization of homosexuality…

LGBT Nation states that Krafft Ebing had two main concerns which were later embraced by Hubbard and Scientology:

Krafft Ebing had two main concerns in the world of human sexuality; masturbation and homosexuality, both of which he saw as deviant.

Richard von Krafft Ebing’s works form the ideological basis of L. Ron Hubbard and the Church of Scientology’s hatred of “sexual perverts.”

To clarify terminology, people in our time who self-identify as  LGBTQ were labeled by L. Ron Hubbard in 1950 as “sexual perverts.” The language of the LGBTQ scholarship did not exist in 1950 and so Hubbard used Krafft-Ebing’s notion of “sexual perversion.”

This terminology is important to understand as it reveals the context of Laura Prepon’s lie:

I’ve been a Scientologist since 1999 and I’ve never come across any piece of information that remotely is negative or derogatory in any way towards the LGBT community.

Because the terms “LGBT” and “LGBTQ” never appear anywhere in L. Ron Hubbard’s antiquated writings, Laura Prepon was able to mislead the public by stating that she had never come across, “any piece of information that remotely is negative or derogatory in any way towards the LGBT community.” This was technically correct and yet it was a deliberately misleading lie.

So, yes, while Prepon clearly lied, she lied in a way that was undetectable to those who do not know Scientology’s doctrines. Had a more knowledgeable interviewer asked Prepon if the Church of Scientology deemed “sexual perverts and homosexuals” to be degraded beings, she would have to tell an outright lie and say no.

At the time Prepon knew what she was doing in the interview because Scientologists are taught to lie. Hubbard teaches Scientologists to lie convincingly in a process called Training Routine – Lying (TR-L):

“Purpose: To train the student to give a false statement with good TR-1. To train the student to outflow false data effectively. … The student should be coached on a gradient until he/she can lie facilely.” -L. Ron Hubbard, Intelligence Specialist Training Routine—Lying (TR-L)

The Church of Scientology still considers LGBTQ persons to be sexually perverted. This is why Scientology’s Jo’Burg sec check asks Scientologists “Have you ever consistently made a practice of sexual perversion?”

The Church of Scientology wants to identify and separate out the  heterosexuals from the “sexual perverts.” For one thing, this allows Scientology to sell closeted and self-hating LGBTQ Scientologists expensive auditing processes to cure them of their sexual perversions.

Masturbation is also a crime in Scientology. The Church gets all of its members on masturbation and makes them pay to get auditing for what Scientology considers to be a filthy and degraded activity as did Krafft Ebing.

It is one of the great contradictions of L. Ron Hubbard’s life and work that he intensely hated Psychiatry and yet used the works of the German Psychiatrist Krafft-Ebing to justify his condemnation of LGBTQ persons and then incorporated his condemnation into the Church of Scientology.

Other Resources:

Tony Ortega: Scientology’s Homophobia: Even the Church’s Token Gay Guy Was Disgusted
The Guardian: Film-maker Paul Haggis quits Scientology over gay rights stance
The Daily Beast: The Lesbian Who Outed Scientology’s Homophobia
Going Queer: Scientology And Homosexuality Don’t Mix
McKenna Cole: How the Church of Scientology Lures in Closeted Individuals

In an interview with the in-house Scientology magazine Celebrityclick to read to the Defamer article on this interview — Prepon shares her wins in Scientology. She also says of L. Ron Hubbard’s book Science of Survival:

Science of Survival is a great book and it has data that is so vital to being an artist. Training along with the auditing is so important.

Science of Survival is one of Hubbard’s most notorious books, for in its pages he writes of his plan for a Scientology genocide:

“The reasonable man quite ordinarily overlooks the fact that people from 2.0 down have no traffic with reason and cannot be reasoned with as one would reason with a 3.0. There are only two answers for the handling of people from 2.0 down on the tone scale , neither one of which has anything to do with reasoning with them or listening to their justification of their acts. The first is to raise them on the tone scale by un-enturbulating  some of their theta  by any one of the three valid processes . The other is to dispose of them quietly and without sorrow. Adders are safe bedmates compared to people on the lower bands of the tone scale. Not all the beauty nor the handsomeness nor artificial social value nor property can atone for the vicious damage such people do to sane men and women. The sudden and abrupt deletion of all individuals occupying the lower bands of the tone scale from the social order would result in an almost instant rise in the cultural tone and would interrupt the dwindling spiral into which any society may have entered. It is not necessary to produce a world of clears in order to have a reasonable and worthwhile social order; it is only necessary to delete those individuals who range from 2.0 down, either by processing them enough to get their tone level above the 2.0 line — a task which, indeed, is not very great, since the amount of processing in many cases might be under fifty hours, although it might also in others be in excess of two hundred — or simply quarantining them from the society. A Venezuelan dictator once decided to stop leprosy. He saw that most lepers in his country were also beggars. By the simple expedient of collecting and destroying all the beggars in Venezuela an end was put to leprosy in that country” — Science of Survival: Prediction of Human Behavior by L. Ron Hubbard

Laura Prepon read this passage in Science of Survival and endorsed the book.

We believe there is far more to the Laura Prepon Scientology story that is to come. A person’s past always catches up with them. That is how Karma works.

4 replies »

  1. I’m skeptical of her timing here. She’s got some kind of kitchen line debuting, and wants to distance herself from the crazy.

    My first thought is her husband wasn’t interested, and she dropped it not from diverging interests, but from “she found something better to concentrat on.” That by itself would be a fine reason…it fits better with her not retracting any of her statements….

  2. See Aaron Smith-Levin’s Youtube channel Growing Up In Scientology. In his current video(as of August 19, 2021), he mentions Ben Foster being a scientologist who was active at Celebrity Center in L.A.
    Yes, I think she is trying to distance herself from the cult AND Rapey Masterson. We’ll see how all of THAT plays out…😎

  3. As this blog demonstrates, Prepon’s words need to be carefully parsed. (Shades of “there was no second wife” per the master liar, El Con himself).

    “I’m no longer practicing Scientology, […] I haven’t practiced Scientology in close to five years and it’s no longer part of my life.”

    Does this add up to a denunciation of the “church?” Certainly not! Does “I haven’t been to church/temple/mosque” make you a non-Christian/Jew/Muslim? Does “I haven’t been to an AA meeting in 5 years” make you a person who has resumed drinking?

    Her statement does not stray from carefully set parameters. It is particularly striking that she does not vary her “no longer practicing” sound bite even a bit! Even though she says this twice. Yet she doesn’t mention “church” even once. And, of course, presenting this as though she had been casually dabbling in a closed-minded, authoritarian, high-demand cult because she has such an open mind, that much is provably disingenuous.

    This reeks of damage control, more than anything else. Certainly, in light of the fact that her name may come up in either of the ongoing Masterson suits.

    Which makes me a bit suspicious of “close to 5 years” as well. She knows that being in scientology does her no PR favors. So why hold back for five years on such a fairly mild distancing statement. And, in the name of parsing, what’s “close to 5 years” anyway? Four and a half years? 3 years? 3 months? All of these technically qualify. “Five years” sounds like a credible amount of time for a public statement of having changed your ways to be believable. But is it true?

    Although this much is clear: The “church” will not be happy with her even after this fairly tepid statement. They now no longer have to wonder whose behind she will save if she should become embroiled in the Masterson mess, the “church’s” or her own.

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