Daily Archives: January 19, 2011

Oops! Scientologists aren’t as dumb as Hubbard thought they were

Marty Rathbun has been using the term “radical Scientology,” a phrase intended to remind people of the “radical Islam” movement responsible for so many senseless and tragic deaths around the world.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who finds this in bad taste, but we can also find it in a policy written by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard:

“Associating the attacking group’s activities with reprehensible groups in the past by using familiar descriptive words will be found very effective. For example, if the word “white” has been made hateful to the public by some past criminal group we use “white” in our descriptive terminology concerning the group that is attacking us and whom we are investigating. “Psychiatric blood sports” is an example, blood sports being lately very much derogated.” — LRH, HCO PL 17 Feb 1966 PUBLIC INVESTIGATION SECTION

Unfortunately, like much of Hubbard’s technology, this doesn’t necessarily work. Case in point: this entry on Marty Rathbun’s blog, with a headline that promises, “Independent vs. Radical: More differentiation.” The blog entry has a lengthy quote from an LRH lecture which basically discusses whether mankind is a product of the physical universe or the physical universe is a product of mankind. Scientology believes the latter, and the quote goes on to say that if the Scientologist and his auditor don’t both desire more freedom, auditing won’t help the Scientologist come to that realization.

The quote is an interesting concept, to be sure, but it doesn’t really do much to differentiate Marty’s brand of Scientology from the Church’s. And you can tell by the lack of comments – around sixty. Most of Marty’s posts get a couple hundred affirmations from the flock, often more. Marty won’t post comments that say “What the fuck are you talking about?”, so when less than 100 chime in, that usually means the post didn’t even make sense to the faithful. (Don’t worry, Indies; this time, the problem isn’t you.)

According to LRH technology, this blog entry should have received lots of attention, because Marty used a descriptive word that is hateful to the public in his headline. The tech is never wrong, so the problem must be Marty. Were this an organized Church activity, since the comments stat crashed, Marty would have been sent to “cramming” to find his MU – the word in LRH policy that he misunderstood.

Of course, those of us who aren’t Scientologists know this is nonsense. This is a “filler” blog entry in which Marty cuts and pastes an LRH passage (really, Marty, you couldn’t even delete the extra line breaks between paragraphs?) instead of writing something of substance. It wasn’t well thought out, the headline has little to do with the subject matter, and using the word “radical” actually widens the credibility gap. But that’s what happens when you rely solely on LRH tech.

The bottom line is that people aren’t as stupid or gullible as LRH tries to tell us they are. Even Marty’s sheep don’t always respond like sheep.