In his latest blog entry, Let Me Be Crystal Clear, Marty clarifies what he meant when he said that the world is leaving Scientology behind. Regular readers of Marty’s know that he has a habit of pronouncing things dead, and I guess that by saying that Scientology is dead to the majority of the world – which, let’s face it, it is – he pissed off some of his loyal following.
As part of his backpedaling, Marty accuses hard-core Church goers of violating several points of LRH’s “Code of a Scientologist.” For reasons I can’t quite understand, this pissed me off — I suppose it’s because I can’t stand hypocrisy, and Marty violates most of the points from the Code that he cites. To wit:
“1. To keep Scientologists, the public and the press accurately informed concerning Scientology, the world of mental health and society.”
One of Marty’s major premises – the idea that the crimes of Scientology are the fault of present-day Church leader David Miscavige and not Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard – is a lie, one that he insists on repeating to the public, the media, and his flock of loyal followers (many of whom naively look to him for the truth). Most of Scientology’s crimes were initiated by LRH, and as a long-time member of Church management – and one who admits he carried out those crimes – Marty should know that. Marty has attempted to whitewash LRH to the public and the press, so he’s not keeping anyone accurately informed about Scientology. Or the “world of mental health,” for that matter – why isn’t Marty exposing Scientology’s easily-disproven lies about psychiatry?
“8. To support true humanitarian endeavors in the fields of human rights.”
Marty’s “stats” on this one are zero. Actually, they are minus one – remember that story he told about leaving a prostitute to get beat up by her pimp? One could argue that Marty tries to get people away from the Church of Scientology, which is a good thing. Unfortunately, he doesn’t try to get them away from the subject of Scientology, which is a bad thing. At the end of the day, what Marty is doing is little different than the Church’s so-called “humanitarian” programs like Narconon and the Way to Happiness foundation: Elaborate and cleverly-disguised recruitment drives.
“11. To actively decry the suppression of knowledge, wisdom, philosophy or data which would help mankind.”
Rather than decry the suppression of knowledge, Marty practices it, by actively censoring comments that talk about the dangerous side of Scientology and the less-savory parts of LRH’s tech. (I have an entire section devoted to comments that have been Censored by Marty™.) Why doesn’t Marty let critical comments stand, and defend them? Because a) there is no reasonable defense, and b) LRH and the Church trained Marty to cover up and lie, and those old habits die hard.
“14. To teach Scientology at a level it can be understood and used by the recipients.”
Fail. Marty has a major opportunity to use his blog (not to mention his media appearances) to inform the world at large about Scientology’s alleged benefits – and yet he doesn’t. As time goes on, Marty’s posts feature more and more Scientologese. Having alienated so many protesters, he’s now preaching to the converted. The problem, I think, is that Marty is blinded by his hatred for David Miscavige. His blog – and, I assume, his life – has become all about getting revenge. And I can respect that, because DM is an evil, sadistic little troll – but why does Marty have to adopt so many of DM’s tactics? (Oh, yeah, I know – because they both learned from the same teacher.)
“16. To insist upon standard and unvaried Scientology as an applied activity in ethics, processing and administration in Scientology organizations.”
I have to answer this one from the perspective of a Scientologist. Marty (and many of his followers) accuse the Church of altering Hubbard’s writings. But how do Marty’s followers know that he’s applying genuine Scientology? Hubbard insisted on using up-to-date E-meters that had to be regularly sent in for “recertification”(at significant cost, of course).* The Church-going anti-Marty crowd accuses Marty of using out-of-date, uncalibrated meters and of not being qualified for the plethora of jobs Hubbard invented to surround the auditing process. We don’t even know what version of Hubbard’s bulletins he’s using. Original LRH writings? Altered by David Miscavige? Altered by the Free Zone? Altered by Marty Rathbun?
* Meter recertification was one of Hubbard’s brilliant money-making scams, especially when you consider that most modern electronic devices generally don’t go out of adjustment. Wasn’t that why we invented solid-state electronics – to reduce maintenance? When was the last time you had to send your computer or wide-screen TV back to the factory for recerfitication?
“17. To take my share of responsibility for the impact of Scientology upon the world.”
That’s a laugh. Let’s not forget that Marty shares responsibility for many of the organized Church’s abuses, some of which he openly claims to have invented and/or carried out. Marty and Mike say they have information that could put David Miscavige in jail, and yet as far as I know, no criminal charges have been filed. Either this “information” doesn’t exist, or Marty is waiting for the statute of limitations to run out so he won’t go to jail, too.
Besides, we know the impact of Scientology on the world is largely negative. Lisa McPherson died because LRH said that the proper way to treat a psychotic breakdown was to lock someone in a room and not talk to them. Marty has never spoken out against this quackery. He has never said that locking Lisa in a room to die was the wrong thing to do. He has never said that Lisa should have received proper medical and psychiatric help from a qualified doctor, rather than a bunch of ignorant fucking bozos. Marty has only said that he believes Lisa died because DM altered LRH’s technology! The truth is that this LRH policy was Lisa McPherson’s death warrant.
Now, to be fair, there are a couple of points of the Code of a Scientologist that Marty has achieved:
“19. To set an example of the effectiveness and wisdom of Scientology.”
Marty gets a VWD (“Very Well Done”) for this one, because he has done a great job of showing that Scientology is ineffective and exceptionally unwise.
“20. To make this world a saner, better place.”
More kudos for Marty, because he has exposed Independent Scientology as something other than the kooky but relatively benign practice that many people (including myself) once thought it was. Thanks to Marty, we have a constant reminder that Church-affiliated Scientologists aren’t the only problem. Marty has made me come to realize that Independents and Free Zoners are every bit as dangerous as the Church of Scientology, because they believe 100% in the lies and oppression that LRH imposed on his followers – and wanted to impose on the entire world. He reminds us daily that independent Scientology is just as dangerous as Church-affiliated Scientology. And by doing that, he has indeed helped to make the world a better, saner place.
Thanks, Marty, for making that “crystal clear.”