Daily Archives: November 13, 2010

Two sides, one story

Today I want to send you over to an (apparently Church-backed) anti-Marty site called Marty Rathbun Blog, specifically to a blog entry entitled Marty Rathbun turns his clients into religious haters.

Now, I’m sure some Indies will see this as proof that I am aligned with the Church; after all, I am forwarding an enemy line. That’s not it at all. No, I want you to read this blog entry and see how similar the language is to what you read on Marty Rathbun’s site.

Substitute the word “squirrel” with “OSA agent,” substitute “Marty Rathbun” with “David Miscavige,” and it’s largely the same rhetoric. Both sides are accusing the other of mis-applying Scientology with the end result of preventing people from achieving salvation. And both label all people who disagrees with LRH (like me) as “haters”.

Read the comments, and you’ll see very similar language there, too.

Why are they so similar? Because their viewpoint comes from the exact same place: The writings and teachings of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

How are we supposed to believe that Independent Scientology will be any different than what the Church does now?

Let’s say David Miscavige was somehow toppled and someone else took over, someone who believes strongly in LRH. I’m sure – at least, I would hope – that the pysical beatings would stop, as would the rampant SP declares, and maybe even the incessant demands for money. (But the latter wouldn’t stop for long. Remember, LRH’s rules of management by statistics demanded ever-increasing stats.)

Surely the changes would seem significant to those inside – but to those on the outside, things wouldn’t really change all that much. Those who begged to differ with the Church’s direction would still be branded as squirrels, and those who disagreed with LRH would still be labeled as “Scientology haters” or “religious bigots”.

And the practice of Scientology would still be just as dangerous.

There are people, both Scientologists and non-Scientologists, calling for a kinder, gentler Scientology. But to make that happen, one must partially reject the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard, something LRH himself said was a big no-no.

Will realy change come to Scientology? Can real change come to Scientology? Maybe – but it isn’t going to come from anyone who believes in “pure LRH tech.”