Interesting article has appeared in Australia.
“They kicked me out and told me the house would need to be sterilised because being gay was dirty, and my father said he hoped I died in hospital of AIDS,” Justin said.
This is just horrific for a parent to say this to a child... Why certain religious streams take on this dark and fascist side is beyond my understanding. This is utterly heartbreaking.
Homophobia, Justin said, had “always been a part of it, but it increased over the years, particularly when they started doing political campaigns.”
I concur. Homophobia was used as a political tool to get cult members elected. Gay or straight; ALL sexual activity is deemed as "sense gratification" (evil), unless used only for the propagation of children. The cult buzz term "sense gratification" meant that you were the lowest of humanity and not connected to the g0dhead. If you had sexual desires, it meant you were not thinking about serving your guru enough. It meant that you were weak and not in control of your senses. It meant that you were once again not good enough and needed to chant more, please Jagad guru more so that you would be graced to know g0d through him alone...
In this cult, sex is not considered a way to express love and tenderness towards another human being. It is not considered a way to access the spiritual in the other or to give to one another. Sex is considered unclean and unpure, like going to the bathroom and taking a dump. The pleasure of sex is considered a side effect only to make people do the "horrible" act. It was said that if a woman has an orgasm, she will have a less desirable female offspring.
The ideal is seen as a sexless life, ignoring detriments to both the physical and mental health of individuals, as well as the harm to society. All bliss and pleasure in life are only to come from some fairy tale relationship with a mythical g0dling. It is said that ACB (founder of ISKCON) once commented while touring a filthy and impoverished section of a city in India that the lower class people tolerate this only because they can have sex. That is the sick view of intimacy in this cult.
Homosexuals have once again become the great scape goats for all the ills of society also used by this cult. Homophobia was woven into the Butler culture and politics. Many years ago, there were three top women devotees of Butler who had been married to some prominent male followers. They were lesbians who eventually took their children out of the cult in the exodus of the 80's when CB began to condemn them. One woman confronted CB directly about the hypocrisy in the cult regarding sex. It was a time with a lot of affairs and changing of marital partners. She was rebuffed severely by Butler. Other people left the cult over this and after he married a divorced woman and broke his vow of sanyass (celibate monk). Some left after getting burnt out by the first wave of political campaigns. Finding both the changes and the reality of CB's cult objectionable, many people did leave. But more people stayed, than left at the time. With gay people no longer around to advocate for themselves, children were raised to hate. Having no real education about history or sexuality or science, a generation of bigots has been created by Butler.