Scientology has been in the news because of the death of John Travolta’s son. There have been rumors that Jett Travolta was autistic. I’ve also heard reports that the Church of Scientology doesn’t believe that autism exists or allow for treatment of that condition. Could you clarify?
Sure. First of all, this [idea] that the church has some [position] about autism, that it doesn’t exist, is just not true. The church has never made any such statement. The bottom line here is the church does not involve itself in the diagnosis or classification of any medical condition. It’s just not something the church does.
We’ve never stated any such thing, that autism doesn’t, you know, [we don’t] recognize autism. It’s medicine. The church deals with the spirit. If people have a medical problem or a physical ailment, they go to a doctor. It’s church policy that they do so and they get that addressed.
Just to clarify–the church doesn’t have any prohibition against prescription drugs or medical treatment?
None whatsoever. Scientologists avail themselves of conventional medical treatment for medical conditions. They see doctors. They use prescription drugs prescribed by doctors. That’s church policy. If somebody has a physical ailment or difficulty, it’s insisted that the person sees a doctor and get that dealt with, treated, and handled.