Daily Archives: September 7, 2010

Lulz alert: Scientology hangs cross on Super Power building, Marty Rathbun claims credit

The Church of Scientology sent out an email announcing a cross-hanging celebration for the Super Power building in Clearwater, Florida, which has been under construction for over twelve years.

Marty Rathbun’s response: “You’re welcome.”

I suppose this isn’t really newsworthy, but it is irksome. The protest movement has been talking about the Super Power building — perhaps one of the biggest wastes of Scientology parishioners’ money — for years.

Marty says that “Super Power is a Miscavige Ponzi scheme.”

First of all, a Ponzi scheme is one in which investors are paid with funds coming in from other investors. Money for the Super Power sinkhole is not returned to Scientologists, so this is not a Ponzi scheme. (Marty, you might want to Google those impressive-sounding phrases before you use them in public.)

Second, Super Power isn’t David Miscavige’s scam. Yes, the Super Power building may have been DM’s initiative, but it was LRH who made the first unkept promise of when Super Power would be delivered:

“Super Power will be delivered at Saint Hills within the next 6 weeks….” — LRH, RON’S JOURNAL 30, 17 December 1978

Ron promised Super Power in early 1979, and seven years later, when he died, it hadn’t been delivered. Even now, more than thirty years later, only a handful of people have allegedly received the Super Power rundown. Ironic, because in the same Ron’s Journal, LRH said:

“There is no reason a Dianetic Clear should be denied the powerful gains which research made available in ‘78 (see above). For the public who have gone Dianetic Clear, and those who haven’t, Saint Hills will become a mecca where they obtain the most excellent results obtainable in Super Power.” — LRH, ibid

Ron was pretty vague on what exactly Super Power would do, promising simply that the Super Power rundown “puts the person into fantastic shape unleashing the super power of a thetan.” Leaked versions of the Super Power rundown include instructions to “Get the idea that you have infinite power” and “Get the idea of you causing all 8th dynamics to assume the viewpoint of all 8th dynamics.” According to Scientology’s Tech Dictionary, the 8th dynamic is “the urge towards existence as infinity. This is also identified as the Supreme Being… this can be called the infinity or God dynamic.”

You can interpret that as you wish; to me, it sounds like Super Power promises Scientologists that they will become God.

But I digress.

The point is that Scientology has been promising Super Power for over thirty years and wasting Scientologists’ money on the Super Power building since 1998. And Scientology protesters have been pointing this out for years.

And now, when Miscavige hangs a cross, Rathbun claims credit? Please.

Marty has been railing against the Church (and rightfully so) for their haranguing of members for money to complete seemingly endless projects like the Ideal Orgs and Super Power building. But let’s not forget that Marty was a member of the Church’s upper management when the Super Power building was started, and didn’t leave until six years later — more than enough time to compete the building. Why didn’t he get it done then? Why didn’t speak out then?

Ironically, many of the same people posting comments that say how brilliant Marty is for pointing this out are the same people whose money he wasted while helping to run the Church.

Marty closes his post by saying he has re-thought his response. “Perhaps instead of ‘you’re welcome,'” he writes, “it ought to be ‘I’m sorry.'”

You got that one right, Marty.