“SP Times covers Miscavige cult’s hatred of children”

This weekend, Marty commented on a St. Petersburg Times article outlining how Scientology children are mistreated and would-be mothers are pressured to have abortions. Marty commented that the article “Could have made it more crystal clear it was the iron heart of DM that implemented virtually all of it.”

The reason they didn’t? My guess: Because that isn’t true.

Now, it is true that the article talks about the mistreatment of children that has run rampant in the Miscavige era and the Church’s 1996 policy that Sea Organization members are not allowed to have children. Actually, from reading the article, one might think that child care was much better during Hubbard’s days.

It wasn’t.

To understand why, you have to understand Hubbard’s attitude towards children. This will take a few paragraphs and some background info, so please bear with me.

Scientology teaches that we are all “thetans” – spirits – with immortal lives. When we die, we don’t cease to exist; we simply drop our body and pick up a new one. Why don’t we remember the past? Because between lives, we stop off at things called “implant stations,” which perform the spiritual version of formatting our hard drives and re-installing the operating system. We are “implanted” with all sorts of false beliefs that keep us from knowing our true spiritual nature. It is this true nature that Scientology promises to give back to you – the state of “operating thetan” (and all for just one hundred thousand easy payments of $5 each).

So to a Scientologist, children aren’t children – they are thetans, millions of years old. They are adults in little bodies.

Now, here’s the problem: Children can’t do a whole lot of work, because a) despite LRH’s preaching, they are just children; and b) the law won’t let them. (Damn governments.) That’s not good, because in Scientology organizations, everything is about statistics. Everything. You are given a “stat” to judge your work performance (number of new people brought in, amount of donations collected, number of toilets scrubbed) and you are expected to keep that stat rising. If your stats are up, you are golden. If your stats are down, they are all over you like flies on dog crap.

Children have low statistics. They can’t produce much. They are “downstat,” and therefore aren’t worth much investment of resources (time, staff, and material items like books, toys, or clothes). And according to LRH, they definitely weren’t worth their parents taking time off their busy Sea Org jobs.

LRH said that things should be prioritized for “the greatest good for the greatest number of dynamics.” Dynamics are basically groups, ordered from largest to smallest. The first dynamic is you, the second dynamic is the family (partner and kids – “2D” is Scientologese for spouse), the third is a non-family group (Church organization, employer, etc), the fourth is all of mankind, and so on.

So let’s say Jane Scientologist has a choice between spending time with her children or working overtime to stuff envelopes for the latest fund-raising drive. Now, most of us, if we haven’t seen our kids all day, would tell the Org to go stuff their own envelopes. But not in Scientology! Caring for your kid helps your 2nd dynamic, but promoting Scientology helps the 3rd and 4th dynamics. Therefore, the envelopes win.

In order to keep Sea Org kids from interfering with their parents, LRH established an in-house day care called the Cadet Org. Often the Cadet Org caretakers were kids themselves, and the conditions were appalling. (Read Chapter 8 of Road to Xenu by Margery Wakefield.) Now, to be fair, there is evidence that LRH was told about the poor conditions of the Cadet Org and was angry – although part of the reason for his anger was that more resources had to be devoted to these “thetans in little bodies” who were not “producing” for the org. One would think if LRH was that concerned about the children, he would have ordered them to be raised by their parents, but he didn’t. LRH did magnanimously order one hour per day of family time. Of course, an hour with your kids isn’t a whole lot when you regularly work 16-plus hour days, now is it?

So with children being such a distraction and a common cause of LRH’s ire, Church Management in 1996 – of which Marty Rathbun was a member – decreed that Sea Org members could no longer have children. If you got pregnant, you could either have an abortion or leave the Sea Org. Of course, leaving wasn’t that easy, one reason being that Sea Org members get free Church services, and LRH decreed that if they leave and breach their billion-year contract they must pay for those services – the so-called “freeloader debt.”

So, basically, under LRH, Sea Org members could either leave or have their children raised in sub-standard conditions. When DM, MR and crew couldn’t get the conditions better, they simply outlawed children.

Is it true that, as Marty said, “DM implemented virtually all of it”? I’ll leave that up to you. But judging from some of the comments on his blog post, it seems that even Marty’s followers aren’t buying that one.


2 responses to ““SP Times covers Miscavige cult’s hatred of children”

  1. It is what Marty is not saying that is truly disturbing. In all his years so many countless abortions – and he sheds no tears for them. The countless declare orders he approved that saw people vanquished from their own families- not a single “I’m sorry” from him. You see, he’s trying to keep the squeaky clean image so he can’t be character attacked if he ever hits it big and gets some moron to back him enough money to start his own religion. Pity sanity isn’t a qualification because generally speaking, what comes out of Martys mouth and most ex-Scios is enough to have any sane person laughed out of their place of employment – or locked up in a looney bin.

    But you know, it has got to hurt all the ex-Scios that are still thinking LRH was great to see the truth:

    LRH couldn’t do anything right except extort people. Because he sure as hell couldn’t handle himself, his family or know when to trust people (despite writing Science of Survival, it seems that SO executives and Ron himself seemed to always let Suppressives get right to the top, kind of strange, huh?)

    LRH’s own family should be a perfect example of “tech” application, yet we see his wife dying of cancer after spending a decade in jail. One of his sons disowns him. Daughter in the SO. The other son stays in the SO and kills himself. Sounds like pretty successful Scientology application if you ask me.

    Then let us have a look at LRHs top trusted people in history and see where they ended up:

    Number One:
    First ever business partner – tried to get him locked up as a communist. highlight? Tried to convince LRH that they should prove Scientology and get it AMA approved – oops, got him sacked and landed with LRHs debt from drug use, spending it up big and hoarding money abroad.

    Number Two:
    DM – hated by almost everyone. Greatest highlight besides providing Hair Gel companies with constant business to give him those much needed extra 4 inches? Stating LRH “dropped” his body, went to another planet to continue research. Almost as laughable as his other comment – that the Berlin Wall was taken down because he sent OT VIIIs to “audit out the engram.” (kind of reminds me of Max Headroom a little)

    Number Three:
    Bill Robertson – One of LRHs top men. Finally sent off in disgrace. Died of Caner. Highlight? Having SO Members dress up to replicate Loyal Officers form 75 Million years ago to gain compliance and having UFO watches instigated in LA to watch out for Marcabian UFOs.

    Number Four:
    David Mayo – Wacko that went off and sued the Church because he actually created the insanity that is known as NOTs, that LRH tried to take all the credit for. Highlight? Starting Scientology himself and creating even further perplexing hogwash.

    Number Five:
    Otto Roos – LRH’s own auditor who created the L Rundowns – which LRH took credit for. Disallowed to board back on the SO Apollo because LRH discovered from reading his own folders (tisk tisk!) that Otto correctly noted rockslams in LRHs case file. LRH went from dictator to Dictator extroadonaire and gave his messengers orders to see Otto Doomed. Highlight? Defeated the SO and became incredibly successful – it is a shame he still researches Scientology and is apparently on OT XV. LOL

    Number Six:
    Marty Rathbun – A man proven too weak to actually carry out LRH policy to the letter so dismissed from the SO – possibly one of only a few actual Lt’s of Ron that actually WAS fired. LOL. Highlight? Tries to declare LRH a howling success and blames a midget for his troubles in life.

    There is a common denominator – All capable men exposed to Scientology for long enough go totally, 100% insane.

  2. Robert Biasotti

    What you two have put here is a clear expose of arrogance and evil, tinged with genuine batshit insanity. Amazing! No, that’s not the word, but I can’t think of a better one.

    I knew of some of the things that you described, but not in such detail. I was ignorant of a lot of the other facts here. Seeing them together, in mind numbing juxtaposition, is a bit like reading “1984” and “The Screwtape Letters” at the same time.

    (I gather that a “rockslam” is a bad thing. Like, maybe the e-meter stylus slammed off-the-scale at high velocity?)

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