Okay, kids… it’s time for a rant.
On Friday, Marty Rathbun got himself arrested in New Orleans for being drunk and disorderly. Marty had a bit too much to drink and tried to start an impromptu basketball game with someone who was walking past the bar. When the cops told him to go home, he tried to go back into the bar to fetch his wife, was barred from access because he’d stripped off his shirt, made a bit of a fuss, and wound up getting himself thrown in the hoosegow.
Now, I don’t think this is really a big deal. Okay, I’ve never gotten so drunk that I got myself put into handcuffs, but it’s not like Marty tried to rob a bank. He was celebrating and it got a little out of control. Shit happens. (Although shit like this generally happens to 21-year-old kids rather than mature 53-year-old adults.) And Marty posted a blog entry about it because he knew the Church would be all over this like flies on dog crap. Which they are – two of my favorite Church-friendly sites posted identical carefully-edited versions of Marty’s “confession” almost immediately (here and here).
Needless to say, Marty’s blog entry was met by an outpouring of support from the Parrots. Now, again, I don’t think that getting drunk and out of hand is necessarily a big deal…EXCEPT WHEN YOU ARE LEADING AN ANTI-CHURCH GROUP AND YOU JUST GAVE THE CHURCH A SHITLOAD OF AMMUNITION TO USE AGAINST YOU.
I read all of the 200+ comments, and NOT ONE said “You dumbass! You know the Church is watching your every move! You know they hold you up as a model of what an ‘evil squirrel’ is! You know you are the standard by which independent Scientologists are judged! Don’t you think you should consider that before you GO OUT AND GET BLIND DRUNK IN A PUBLIC PLACE? What the hell is the matter with you?”
Of course, maybe someone did post that, and Marty censored it – but I don’t think so. Saying LRH is full of crap will get you Censored By Marty™, but saying Marty is full of crap generally won’t. I imagine he’d let such a comment through, and would probably reply by referring to the part of his post where he said he doesn’t want to be a leader:
I have said it before that I am no angel and this movement is not about following some leader. I do not seek to be a leader… [Rapper] Chuck D said early in his career that he did not seek to be a leader, but instead his aim was to help create 5,000 black leaders. That has been, and remains a goal of mine: to help create 5,000 independent Scientologist leaders.
Marty doesn’t seek to be a leader? Well, Marty, if you’re really trying to avoid leadership of the Independent movement, you’re doing it wrong.
Marty goes on to compare “the Hole” at Orleans Parish Prison (or “OPP” to a 14-hour veteran of the place like Marty) to conditions at Scientology’s Int Base. I have news for you, Marty: YOU WERE NOT IN THE FUCKING HOLE. You were in a holding cell where they put amateur prostitutes, drunks who can’t hold their liquor, and dumb-ass college kids who try to buy drugs from cops. Fourteen hours in a holding pen does not constitute hard time, and if you can’t manage to keep yourself under control at a bar, I’m pretty sure that a week in the ACTUAL hole would wreak havoc with your psyche. What would you do with no communication and no audience to tell you how great you are?
I personally have a problem with all of this because Marty’s actions hurt not only the Independents, but the Scientology protest movement as well. I may see myself as being on a different side of the issue than Marty, and I know many Scientology protesters feel the same way – but to Scientologists, Marty and I are on the same team, because we oppose David Miscavige and the Church of Scientology. So when Marty pulls dumb shit like this, it hurts us all.
Oh, and don’t miss this gem from Marty’s blog entry:
You may have heard the racist joke about what happens when you roll a basketball down the street in certain neighborhoods. Well, I am the living proof it is not a race thing.
Um, no, Marty, I haven’t heard that joke, but I assume it has something to do with black people, and I think it’s rude, offensive and disgusting to even allude to it. Why even bring it up? Do you think racial stereotypes are funny? You’ve allowed anti-Semitic comments to be posted on your blog, and now this? Nice, Marty. Very nice.