In today’s blog entry, Marty remembers Malcolm X, who he describes as having “had a profound effect upon me personally.”
“His autobiography chronicles obvious parallels to our struggle in his discovery that a sect leader had severely corrupted the religion he had devoted his life to defending,” says Marty.
The Independents claim that David Miscavige has altered L. Ron Hubbard’s original writings. Now, there’s no question that changes have been made. Per LRH policy, issues that have been revised must carry the date of revision. Several policies were revised after L. Ron Hubbard died in 1986. Though Scientologists believe in reincarnation, so far as I can tell, LRH has not (yet) returned from the dead. So obviously someone else made the changes.
But to say that DM’s alterations are the reason Scientology has become the evil cult that it is, well, that just ain’t true.
LRH is behind the Church’s most tyrannical abuses. Do some research and look up a punishment called overboarding. Look up the Rehabilitation Project Force. Look up disconnection. All of these have their origins in LRH policy.
To get a better feel for the Church of Scientology in the pre-DM days, read up on what the Church did to Paulette Cooper as revenge for her book The Scandal of Scientology – the famous Operation Freakout, which took place in 1976. David Miscavige was 16. He had just joined the Sea Organization. He hadn’t even started his gig as LRH’s cameraman.
David Miscavige isn’t responsible for originating those practices. Continuing them? Definitely. Making them worse? Perhaps. But originating them? Nope. That was all L. Ron Hubbard. As Scientologists would say, “LRH is the why.”
Marty obviously considers DM to be the “sect leader” who “corrupted the religion”. But the fact is that DM hasn’t significantly altered the basic teachings and practices of Scientology.
LRH set up Dianetics and Scientology to make money. I think he eventually began to believe his own bullshit – but the fact is that it’s still bullshit. We were not shoved into volcanoes and blown up by an evil galactic overlord. People do not get sick solely because they are connected to someone who treats them badly. Nor do they give up a subject of study only because they read a word they didn’t understand. Serious diseases cannot be treated by simply touching a person and saying “feel my finger.” Young children are not “little adults” that must be treated like grown-ups instead of being nurtured. And your life’s troubles are not caused by millions of invisible space spirits clinging to your body.
That’s the truth about Scientology. Toppling David Miscavige and replacing him with Marty Rathbun – or anyone else – isn’t going to change that.