I haven’t commented on any of Marty Rathbun’s posts in a while, but his latest (“A Worker’s Paradise for Tom Cruise“) is a great example of what is wrong with Marty and his merry band of Independent Scientologists.
The post is Marty’s analysis of an alleged memo to David Miscavige’s office about a conversation between the memo writer (Director of Vehicles) and Tom Cruise. Marty doesn’t mention the source of the memo, and since he’s usually happy to credit things to his OSA sources, I’m guessing it could have come from the hard drives that Daniel Montalvo stole*. The memo is also half a decade old.
When you read Marty’s blog entry, note that his analysis precedes the memo itself. Instead of presenting the memo and then sharing his thoughts, Marty tells his people what to think in advance, and then shows the memo. This is typical Scientology – Church publications uses similar tactics – and judging from the comments from Marty’s sheep, it worked. Here’s what I suggest, dear Caliwog fans: Read the memo first (it’s the bold bit at the bottom) and then read Marty’s analysis, and tell me if Marty might not just be smoking something other than tobacco.
Want my opinion on the Tom Cruise memo? Okay, here it is: WHO FUCKING CARES? We know Miscavige is spending tons of Scientology parishoner’s money to kiss Tom Cruise’s ass, but that’s not a scam he invented – he’s doing exactly what Church founder L. Ron Hubbard instructed him to do.
LRH repeatedly talked about the importance of attracting celebrities, as they are opinion leaders and generate lots of publicity on their own. He even published a list of celebrities to be recruited into Scientology. Per LRH’s own tech, romancing Tom Cruise is actually a very sensible and cost-effective thing to do – after all, look how much publicity Scientology has received through Mr. Cruise’s antics. (One wonders, had LRH lived to see the type of publicity Cruise generated, would he have revised his policies?)
The reason posts like this piss me off is because Marty is skillfully misdirecting his sheep from the real issues, just like LRH did and just like current Church management does. By getting them rallied up about Tom Cruise, he’s giving them a place to focus their energy and their anger. It keeps them from thinking too much about the real source of Scientology abuses: L. Ron Hubbard.
Why should we care? Ask any ex-Scientologist why they gave up Scientology – not just the organized Church, but the whole subject – and most, if not all, will tell you that they started to see the holes and the inconsistencies in LRH’s “tech.” They started to question, and that led them to the realization that Scientology is a scam, and that they had been had.
People can only concentrate on so much. LRH knew this (he uses the term “attention units,” which is a pretty good description). LRH threw out tons of red herrings, and Marty is doing the same.
Our job as Scientology protesters is to keep Scientologists focused on the truth: The truth about LRH, the truth about the Tech, and the truth about Scientology. We basically just have to keep them focused on their own subject, particularly the less savory bits that Marty Rathbun and David Miscavige would rather they don’t see. If we do that enough, they’ll eventually see Scientology for what it is and they will leave on their own. No more Jason Beghes losing fortunes, no more Tory Christmans losing their spouses, and no more Lisa McPhersons losing their lives. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?
* Speaking of Daniel Montalvo, Marty hasn’t mentioned him in quite a while. Did David go back to the Church? And if he did, will Marty return the $8,000+ in donations he says he collected on Daniel’s behalf?
UPDATE: Two days after this post, Marty posted an update and an accounting: Daniel Montalvo: The Latest. Yay Marty!