Not only did Anonymous march as its own contingent in the parade, but one Anonymous rode with Dykes on Bikes, the women's motorcycling group. In addition, there were quite a few Anonymous among the crowd of 180,000 celebrants. Many Anonymous are themselves lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered, and thus are all too aware of the Scientology cult's attitudes to people who are "low on the tone scale," as Scientology classifies LGBT people. In addition to showing support for LGBT human rights, Anonymous participated in the Pride Parade as a way of raising LGBT awareness of the Scientology cult's bigoted and brutal attitudes and actions.
In Scientology's most "sacred" book, "Dianetics," written by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, one may read the following:
"The sexual pervert (and by this term Dianetics, to be brief, includes any and all forms of deviation in dynamic two [sexuality] such as homosexuality, lesbianism, sexual sadism, etc., and all down the catalog of Ellis and Krafft-Ebing) is actually quite ill physically."
A follow-up book, "Science of Survival," declares that LGBT people should be rounded and up and quarantined.
"No social order will survive which does not remove these people from its midst-. Such people should be taken from the society as rapidly as possible and uniformly institutionalized.... The only answers would seem to be the permanent quarantine of such persons from society to avoid the contagion of their insanities.... or processing such persons until they have attained a level on the tone scale which gives them value"
Furthermore, Hubbard believed that if LGBT people could not be "cured," they should be "disposed of quietly and without sorrow." Year after year for over 50 years, Scientology has reprinted these books, without changing even one word, and without adding any sort of disclaimer about these offensive and hurtful ideas. Indeed, if a Scientologist is asked directly whether he agrees with these words, he will do anything possible to change the subject, or to say that LGBT people are treated just fine in Scientology (which evidence abundantly proves is false), or will attack you for asking the question. He simply will not contradict L. Ron Hubbard's horrific fantasy about concentration camps for LGBT people. Scientology's failure to address the issue or to even admit there is a problem is a clear sign of its accepting and endorsing these hateful notions.
In its activism, Anonymous wears masks, which evoked curiosity among some of the parade participants. 'If you're proud to march, why do you wear masks?' asked one young gentleman. An Anonymous then explained that the group appears in masks to represent 'every person,' and to symbolically disguise their identities from the so-called 'Fair Game Policy' of Scientology which states that anyone who opposes Scientology's point of view can and should be 'tricked, harmed, lied to, and destroyed.' Members of Anonymous have been the focus of Fair Game since beginning their activism in February of 2008, and have been chased, stalked and harassed by members of Scientology and their hired private investigators.
All along the the mile-long route through San Diego's Hillcrest district, Anonymous was greeted with cheers, whoops, hugs, and shouts of 'Anonymous, we love you!' as their theme song, Rick Astley's 'Never Gonna Give You Up," filled the air with its optimistic and positive energy, and a Longcat puppet mascot danced above the crowd like a Balinese dragon.
Anonymous has been described in the media as 'making activism sexy again." Anonymous includes all races, creeds, cultures and orientations in their over nine thousand members around the world. A great article about Anonymous is featured in the August 2008 issue of Maxim magazine.
'The LGBT community knows Scientology is a nasty, hurtful cult,' said one parade watcher. 'We love that Anonymous exists-and that they're here today!'
For more information about Anonymous, and why it is important to join the effort to systematically dismantle the Scientology cult and criminal racket: Stop Scientology Abuses