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Dark Ride

Joy Graysen, wife of Michael Fairman, recently posted her story on Marty’s blog. Long and rambling though it may be, I consider this one a must-read for protesters, as it tells in great detail how Scientologists get seduced and later disillusioned by the Church.

In reading Ms. Graysen’s story, I had an epiphany (a “cog” or “cognition” in Scientologese) about how people come to blame Church leader David Miscavige for the evil policies of the Church that actually originated with Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

In many ways, it relates to a Scientology concept of being a stable point in time and space. When people become disillusioned with the organized Church of Scientology, they tend to see themselves as the stable point, and the Church as the element that changes.

But the truth is that Scientology is like a move-through “dark ride” at an amusement park. The scenery is static; it’s the observer whose position changes.

Ms. Grayson’s ride through Scientology is typical. She heard about it from someone she knew and trusted (her father) and got involved when she had a specific problem to solve. Ms. Grayson soon had an even bigger need when her father, to whom she was close, passed away. She found solace in Dianetics – not surprising, as LRH cribbed Dianetic auditing from proven psychotheraputic techniques.

If you read her story, you will see that Ms. Grayson’s Scientology indoctrination went exactly according to Hubbard’s plan. Enthralled by her successful therapy and the love-bombing to which public Scientologists are subjected, she willingly uprooted her life to as to surround herself with Scientology.

“In 1989, I moved to Los Angeles to be near CC Int [Celebrity Centre International] and immersed myself in the group,” she writes. “I lived across the street from CC, and associated mostly with other Scientologists. I felt safe knowing that we all shared the same knowledge of ethics and ARC, and were all learning to understand ourselves and each other spiritually.”

Ms. Grayson met and married a Scientologist (actor Michael Fairman), spent her inheritance on more Scientology services, and encouraged her sister to do the same, to the tune of $89,000.

But then Ms. Grayson started noticing the holes. Needing to ask for permission for time off course to have a baby. High prices. High-pressure, hard-sell tactics to donate or buy new versions of books. She even saw the foolishness in Tom Cruise’s public displays of elation, although she apparently missed the parallels to her own decision to uproot her life and immerse herself in Scientology culture.

“I started to notice an extreme lack of tolerance,” she continues. “I observed an arrogance and a ‘holier than thou’ point of view towards anyone who was not a Scientologist. My ‘friends’ would have a ‘no sympathy’ attitude towards homeless people, homosexuals, as I mentioned, and really anything remotely liberal minded. I thought compassion and understanding were at the core of Scientology’s values.”

And where does Ms. Grayson lay the blame for all the “changes” she saw? Yup, you guessed it – she thinks the Church is changing, moving away from LRH’s original intentions.

Of course, it doesn’t take more than a few minutes’ research into LRH’s Admin Tech to see that the injustices and problems Ms. Grayson noticed were not new. Requesting time off to have a baby? That’s covered by LRH’s concept of “The greatest good for the greatest number of dynamics” (his version of “The needs of the many outweigh he needs of the few”). High-pressure sales tactics? That can be found in HCO PL 26 Sept 1979, COPYWRITING, specifically the section called “HARD SELL:”

“HARD SELL: …assume that the person is going to sign up right now. You tell him that he is going to sign up right now and he is going to take it right now. That is the inference. One does not describe something, one commands something… Hard sell means insistence that people buy.” — LRH

LRH apologists might point out that LRH was referring to all forms of copywriting, but the same policy makes it clear that LRH was talking about how to sell Scientology:

“You’re offering a service that’s going to rehabilitate the thetan and that is lasting. — LRH

Ms. Grayson was particularly disheartened by what she calls the Church’s “intolerance of homosexuality.” (And rightly so.)

“I myself had witnessed countless examples of… the generality that all gays are covertly hostile,” she wrote.

And yet if she’ll just crack open her copy of Handbook for Preclears, she’ll see it from LRH himself:

“Homosexuality is about 1.1 on the Tone Scale.”

1.1 is “covert hostility.” (More on Scientology’s attitude towards homosexuality here.)

Disillusioned with the Church, Mr. Fairman and Ms. Grayson started reading more on the Internet, including Marty’s blog, and then they came to their fork in the road: Leave Scientology or just leave the Church? They chose the latter, and started buying their auditing from Marty Rathbun. As with anyone who leaves the Church, and in keeping with LRH policy, Ms. Fairman soon found herself “disconnected” by the family to which she was once so close.

Ms. Grayson’s assumption is that the Church changed. I submit that the Church stayed the same, and Ms. Grayson and her husband simply moved to a different part of the ride. LRH’s own, pre-1986, un-altered policy makes it clear that little of what they find distasteful is new; they simply didn’t become “Rondroids” to the degree they were expected to. All this will become clear if they are willing to look. But really looking is painful, and like many disillusioned Scientologists, they just aren’t ready.

Marty Rathbun will no doubt do his best to convince the Fairman-Graysons that it was indeed the Church that changed, and not their perspective. Marty is well trained in LRH’s Administrative Technology, and was an active member of Miscavige’s inner circle when many of LRH’s original policies were altered, so he should know better than most what LRH really said.

But Marty has discovered what LRH knew: Celebrities make great customers, because a) they are influential and b) they have lots of money to spend. That’s why LRH went out of his way to court them – and now Marty is following suit. Marty loves to fish, and Michael Fairman and Joy Grayson are whoppers on his line.

The saddest part of Ms. Grayson’s declaration comes near the end:

“Despite the arrogant valence of rightness most of them are stuck in, they are, in actuality, poor, duped victims, whose original intention was to dedicate their lives to helping their fellow man. By their own misguided trust and blind faith, they have allowed themselves to be manipulated so thoroughly, they can’t see that the Church they are fighting for is what is eating them alive.”

Ms. Grayson sees the truth – she just doesn’t know she sees it.

And you can bet your last dollar that Marty Rathbun will do his best to keep it that way.


P.S. The organized Church responded with this article. Read it if you’d like to see just how ruthless and mean-spirited the Church can be. Remember, this is the same group that was love-bombing her in 1989. I think this is sad and pathetic — misguided though she may be, Ms. Grayson is really hurt, and I feel sympathy for her, while her former friends clearly hold her in disdain. No doubt that, with the help of Marty and his sheep, she’ll blame this “us vs. them” mentality on Miscavige and his new regime. We know the truth.

Scientologists and Wogs: What did LRH have to say?

Marty’s last video post spawned an interesting comment discussion about the Church’s attitude towards wogs (a disdainful term for non-Scientologists). Marty’s flock is saying that LRH didn’t have the condescending attitude towards wogs that they see coming from the Church nowadays.

But what did LRH really say about wogs? Turns out it wasn’t quite as flattering as the Independent hive-mind remembers.

Before we delve into LRH’s less-than-flattering observations about us non-Scientologists, let’s look at some of what the sheep are saying:

“For me LRH’s use of the word ‘wog’ was light and humorous and merely a way to establish when a non-Scientologists was being referred to. As with all things connected to the ‘church’ it has been reversed in it’s intention to become a nasty insult… LRH would never have condoned this severe form of individuation.” — Sam

“Sam, I agree with you completely about LRH’s viewpoint re: wogs. When I was at the Creston ranch with LRH we had many contractors and workers on the ranch. LRH knew them all and he liked them and treated them with respect, and they liked him.” — Sarge

“I always hated the ‘us vs wogs’ viewpoint… This 'Us vs Them' mentality that DM harbors and encourages is not Scientology.” — Mark Fisher

“For me true Scientology is about compassion and tolerance.” — Michael Fairman

“The Law of Affinity in [Dianetics] is another fundamental of the Tech that is ignored while Disconnection and the “We are better than wogs” attitude is championed. It’s really Nazi like, isn’t it? That is not LRH’s Brand of Scientology.” — Howard Roark

Has the term “wog” been “reversed in it’s intention to become a nasty insult” by David Miscavige and his minions, as Sam alleges? Was LRH’s use of the term “light and humorous?”

Let’s take a look at what LRH said about wogs, and you can judge for yourself if this attitude is unique to David Miscavige. All quotes are from the 1974 volumes, printed before LRH kicked the bucket, and were not altered by DM or his management team.

Let’s start with the Admin Dictionary definition of “wog,” as drawn from LRH’s lectures:

“WOG, 1. worthy Oriental gentleman. This means a common ordinary run-of-the-mill garden-variety humanoid. (SH Spec 82, 6611C29) 2 . a wog is somebody who isn’t even trying. (SH Spec 73, 6608C02)”

Here are some random policy quotes about wogs, either typed or approved by the Ol’ Fraud hisself:

“We live in a very woggy world at this time. The wog is so out-ethics he is living in what amounts to a criminal society.”


“The dangerous environment of the wog world, of injustice, sudden dismissals, war, atomic bombs, will only persist and trouble us if we fail to spread our safe environment across the world.”


“I am not interested in wog morality.”


“Newspapers of the wog press almost exclusively deal in entheta as their ‘news’ specializes in sexual degradation, disasters, violence, crime, failure, etc.”

— Scn staff, approved by LRH, HCO PL 25 November 1968, AUDITOR CORRESPONDANTS

“We let the main traffic flow untroubled by checks designed to restrain the very few. This is quite opposite to usual wog organization where the many are penalized to restrain the few.”


“…Or any other silly idea borrowed from a wog world where the police make things about as safe as a snake pit full of assorted reptiles.”


“Don’t react to Scientology Justice as though it were ‘wog’ law. In society’s ‘courts’ one is given the works and truth has little bearing on the findings… Wog courts are like throwing dice.”


These are just a few quotes from the Admin volumes; there are many more written policies and countless lectures in which LRH paints a picture of just how insane, scary and dangerous the non-Scientology world is.

Sam, Sarge, Mark et all: If you think LRH didn’t originate the “us vs. them” mentality, or that he really held wogs in such high esteem, or that “true” Scientology is about compassion, perhaps you should re-study your LRH policies.

I’d like to close with something else Sam said:

“I’ve been out and about in the ‘wog’ world for 2 years now. Observing the level of intelligence, honesty, ethics, integrity, honor, warmth and compassion of these ‘wogs’ and comparing it to those involved with Radical Scientology (as illustrated in Marty’s video) quickly puts things into perspective.”

Good point, Sam. It seems the wog world is different than Scientology led you to expect. So maybe you should ask yourself: If LRH misled you about wogs, isn’t it possible he misled you about other things, too?


“Fees!” Marty said “fees!”

Check out this video just posted by Marty Rathbun:

Marty shot this video of the Squirrel Busters outside his home talking to the local police. At 3:14, Marty says “What your fees buy, you Kool-Aid drinkin’ idiots!”


I’ve written about this a few times, starting about a year ago. For those who aren’t familiar, one of the cornerstones of Marty’s movement is that David Miscavige is altering L. Ron Hubbard’s original policies.

But one alteration Marty seems OK with is the alterations to What Your Fees Buy, an essay written by LRH in 1970. In 1991, when Marty held a position of power in Church management, the Church altered this policy, changing all instances of “fee” to “donation.” (This, you recall, was just before the IRS tax-exemption coup.)

Despite his apparent disgust with alterations of LRH tech, Marty has been careful to use “donations” instead of “fees” in his blog… until now. Remember, Marty sells Scientology services, and if he’s trying to live tax-free, like the Church, he probably needs to structure his business so that his customers are paying “donations” rather than “fees” for his services.

So what do you think – is Marty embracing the roots of LRH’s fee-based religion, or was this just a slip-up?

Marty’s complete blog entry – long and rambling, but entertaining as always – can be found here. The gist of it is that by talking to the cops about their anti-Marty antics, these Office of Special Affairs operatives are spreading bad PR for the Church, and basically destroying Scientology one disillusioned police officer at a time. Don’t miss the part where Marty explains away his role as Miscavige’s right hand man by saying he and Mike Rinder were merely “shock absorbers for David Miscavige’s evil intentions.”


How Scientology steals from you every day

From the harassment that modern-day protesters and Independent Scientologists now receive, it seems obvious that the Church of Scientology has lost some of its nerve since Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard died. Forty years ago, a Scientologist showed up at Paulette Cooper’s door with flowers and a gun; today they show up with cameras and silly hats. When Hubbard was alive, Scientologists broke into government offices and photocopied files. Today they walk in like everyone else and file lawsuits. I know I’ve said that Miscavige is every bit as evil as Hubbard, but when you look at just how vicious the Church was during Hubbard’s day, you have to wonder.

There’s one big exception: Scientology’s victory over the IRS, which came in 1993. Scientology had been fighting for its tax-exempt status for decades, the war having started in Hubbard’s day. And then all of a sudden, after just one meeting between David Miscavige, Marty Rathbun, and IRS Commissioner Fred Goldberg, the IRS settled with Scientology and dropped its case.

Marty told his side of the story to the St. Petersburg Times, insisting that they “didn’t need blackmail.” According to Marty, the Church agreed to stop its campaign, and that was enough for the IRS.

I’ve never bought into that story. It seems strange that the most tenacious of government agencies would simply give up. I suppose it’s possible they decided there was no way around the definition of Scientology as a religion (even though it clearly operates as a business). But if that’s the case, then why, after decades of fighting, did it take just one meeting with two of Scientology’s leaders to bring them to that realization?

Only three people know what really happened in that meeting. Miscavige won’t talk, for obvious reasons. So far, Goldman hasn’t spilled the beans. The man who we would expect to hear from is the guy who is supposedly exposing the crimes of what he calls “Corporate Scientology.”

And yet Marty doesn’t talk much about the IRS.

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why. Three possibilities:

1) The story we’re hearing is true. After decades of battling Scientology, the IRS suddenly decided, after one meeting with Miscavige and his assistant Rathbun, to turn their back on years of work and expense.

2) Scientology did indeed have some unsavory information about Goldman and/or the IRS, and Marty won’t talk about it for fear of implicating himself.

3) Marty knows that Scientology’s tax-exempt status is fragile and doesn’t want to do anything to endanger it. Marty makes his living selling Scientology services, and now that his wife has quit her day job to help him out, there’s a good chance that both she and Marty are living tax-free.

My vote goes with 2 and 3.

In my opinion, the Scientology protest movement really needs to concentrate on the tax issue. Scientology may be able to fit themselves into the definition of a religion, but let’s not forget that Hubbard started Scientology as a self-help business. He turned it into a religion for one reason and one reason only: So that he could operate above the law.

Every day that Scientology retains its tax-exempt status, they are stealing from us.

Here in California, our education budgets are being mowed down like dead grass. Desperately-needed teachers are being fired and school programs are being slashed to the bone. Meanwhile, Scientology operates some of its largest businesses in California, including the American Saint Hill Organization and Advanced Organization Los Angeles, where they sell some of their most expensive services. And how much of that money are they paying in taxes? Not a dime. Several states as well as the Fed are missing out on MILLIONS of dollars of tax revenue from Scientology. And yet Scientology has no problem using the same government-provided services as the rest of us.

Even Marty himself is driving on publicly-funded roads and spreading his word on the Internet, which itself was born out of a taxpayer-funded Department of Defense project.

It irks me that even though I’ve never paid for a Scientology service, thanks to their tax-exempt status, they practically have their hand in my pocket.

It irks me that Marty, in his supposed effort to expose the crimes of the Church of Scientology, is keeping quiet about their biggest crime of all — the one he, by his own admission, helped pull off.

And it irks me that by having his wife quit her job and join his auditing business, he too may well be reaping the benefit of that crime, dodging his obligation to pay taxes and sucking off the teats of the Federal and Texas state governments while contributing nothing useful to society. (Expansion, my ass.)

Notice that for all the sniping they do at each other, neither the Church nor Marty likes to talk about this issue. They’re unlikely bedfellows. Well… not that unlikely.

The funny thing is, by Hubbard’s own “tech,” not paying taxes is a bad thing. Scientologists believe in the concept of exchange; they say something valuable must be exchanged for something valuable. (That’s their excuse for charging money for their religion.) By driving on public roads, enjoying public parks, and calling the police on his fellow Scientologists, Marty is using taxpayer-funded services for which he may not be paying. (I’d love to know if he uses his tax-exempt status to duck out of paying sales tax.) That’s out-exchange, and according to Hubbard, that’s bad. Well, it’s bad unless you’re Hubbard.

Now, I don’t know for a fact if Marty is using his Scientology home business to duck out of paying income taxes. Even so, I bet if we talked more about this issue, it would make life very uncomfortable for both Marty and the Church. Next time you comment on Marty’s blog, why not ask?


Stepping stone or road block?

Great blog entry over on Marty’s site that shows the extent Scientologists will go to to “make it go right”. Rocio Finds the Right Item tells the story of yet another person disillusioned with the Church. I particularly like the bits where she describes the steps they took to try to get results from her auditing:

“The new auditor had me try different cans, wrist straps, the solo cans, a heater directed at my feet, a small fan directed at my face, a folded-up blanket to rest my hand on, a very comfortable chair that he brought in, a special soap to wash my hands with, etc., etc., etc….

“The wrist straps caused high TA so the auditor had someone turn off the air conditioning to our room. This caused me to sweat profusely and a skin rash, so the sessions had to be stopped every 2 to 5 minutes, to wipe off the sweat…

“I told the sup[ervisor] that I would not use the wrist straps anymore… She said I could not hold the cans with my left hand so the only way was to hold the cans with my right hand (I am right-handed) and write the worksheets with the left hand…”

Ms. Garcia was getting fed up with Scientology. According to her story, she had repeatedly stopped moving up the bridge, but kept going back when Scientology’s sales staff harangued her. And then:

“On November of 2010, I visited Mr. Marty Rathbun at Casablanca. I spent five fabulous days receiving auditing I really needed… I did not have a heater on my feet, or a fan on my face, or the wrist-straps. Gone were the special soap and blankets and even the magic chair!”

Two points to make here. First, note that it never occurred to anyone that the reason her auditing wasn’t getting results was that Scientology simply doesn’t work. Ms. Garcia very nearly came to that conclusion herself, except that the Church kept badgering her (LRH’s “sales tech”) and she caved.

And that brings us to point #2. Sick as she was of the Church, she might have been close to getting out. But she didn’t, because good ol’ Marty had set up shop for disillusioned Scientologists just like her.

I’ve read opinions that independent practitioners like Marty are a stepping stone for people to get out of Scientology. I see them as a road block – and this is an example of why.

Getting out of the Church of Scientology is a painful process. It involves the realization that you invested countless hours, dollars and energy into (as Jason Beghe so eloquently put it) “something that is empty.” It requires realizing you were wrong – something Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard attempted to steel his followers against.

So it’s no wonder that people would rather cling to the illusion that there’s someone to blame other than themselves and LRH. Blaming David Miscavige for screwing up the Church is an easy target – and when we point out the verifiable fact that DM is simply following Hubbard’s policies, they ignore us.

Reading Ms. Garcia’s story, I feel saddened that we have lost yet another person to Scientology, even if it’s just for a little while. Had we done our job – had Ms. Garcia realized that Marty’s brand of Scientology is just the same old shit coming from a different asshole – perhaps she would have come to the inevitable realization (that Scientology is a crock) a little bit sooner.

I have no doubt that just as she became disillusioned with the Church of Scientology, Ms. Garcia (and others like her) will eventually become disillusioned with independent Scientology as well. We as protesters know that LRH’s tech is largely sci-fi bullshit, and it works because people want it to work. There will always the Jim Logans of the world – customers for life who will swallow the crap as fast as you can shovel it down their throat and then tell you how tasty it is. You can show up at the airport and stop their spouse from leaving the Church with you; you can say their beloved homosexual brother was “a sexual pervert” and “extremely dangerous to society”; and they will just keep coming back for more with open arms and open wallets. But for the Rocio Garcias of the world, I’d rather see them have a clear path out.

Does it matter if Ms. Garcia remains a Scientologist for a while longer? I think so. If you read her story, you’ll see that she dragged her kids with her to Flag. One wonders how many doctors appointments those kids have missed, how many of their illnesses have gone untreated, and whether she and her OTVIII husband sent them to Scientology schools rather than giving them a proper education – something that’s sure to hobble their chances in life. And God forbid one of them has a legitimate psychiatric problem, even one as common as clinical depression. How much longer will those kids have to suffer because their parents are Keeping Scientology Working?

Next time you see or hear a Marty apologist saying that Independent Scientology is a better alternative to the Church of Scientology, or that Independent Scientology is somehow less harmful, ask them how. Ask them why. Ask them what the real evil in Scientology is – a guy who hits his staff or a philosophy that sucks away people’s souls and wallets.

And remember Rocio Garcia, who thinks she is out, but is still very much in.


All quiet on the Caliwog front

I’m sure you’ve noticed a lack of activity here on Caliwog’s Blog for the last couple of weeks. Part of the reason is that I’ve simply been busy with the parts of my life that put a roof over my head and food on Mrs. Caliwog’s table. But another part is that based on everything I’m seeing and reading, I’m feeling extraordinarily satisfied with what’s happening on the protest movement vis-a-vis the Church and Marty Rathbun.

I started this blog out of my concern that legitimate protesters might not really see what Marty was up to. I am still disturbed that people like Jason Beghe, Tori Christman, Amy Scobee, and even Mark Bunker – all heroes of the movement, as far as I am concerned – have all, in some small way, lent their support to what Marty is doing. That really bothers me.

But in reading Why We Protest and ESMB, it becomes clear to me that people understand what Marty is up to, and that he regularly censors dissent and re-writes history, just like Scientology trained him to do. People understand that he really isn’t any better than David Miscavige or L. Ron Hubbard. I’d like to take some small measure of credit for this, but the truth is that Marty is so obviously full of shit that it’s hard not to figure this out on your own.

The fact that Jesse Prince started speaking out and calling Marty on his bullshit comes as a huge relief. Humans are social animals, so it should come as no surprise that ex-high-ranking Scios are eager to clump together like urine in a cat box. It’s good to see Jesse tell it like it is without fear of making Marty angry. (Like the military, rank is a big deal in Scientology, and Scios are often reluctant to speak out against their perceived betters.) The fact that Jesse can say what he has to say without letting emotion get the better of him is an amazing accomplishment. It’s certainly something I can’t always manage, and I didn’t allow L. Ron Hubbard to take over the best years of my life!

And I can’t go on without mentioning my friend Aaron Saxton. Aaron has become a controversial figure in the protest movement, and it’s unfortunate that so many people can’t see past the baggage and just hear what he has to say. Aaron is perhaps the finest living example of what Scientology does to a person, and he’s willing to talk about all of it – no matter how bad his actions were – because getting the truth out is more important to him than getting people’s approval. To this day, Aaron’s video interview (starting here) remains one of the best and most candid illustrations of what growing up in Scientology and the Sea Org – the Hubbard Youth, if you will – does to a person. If Marty had even one-tenth of one percent of Aaron’s candor, bravery and honestly, I might have some shred of respect for him.

And then there is the scuffle between Marty Rathbun and the Church. Most of Marty’s attention is now devoted to the light-weight harassment he’s getting; the Church, meanwhile, knows they’ve found a button, and will continue to press it. While I feel that any harassment is wrong, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t enjoying the antics between them. The truth is, either the Church has lost some of its mean streak, or they just aren’t willing to unleash the big guns on Marty. Actually, the fact that they wield cameras and signs today, whereas in Hubbard’s day they broke into government offices, framed people with fake bomb threats, and showed up on people’s doorsteps with guns, really calls into question Marty’s assertion that Miscavige is the real evil in Scientology. Regardless, I will continue to enjoy watching two groups I don’t like fight with each other, and meanwhile I sincerely hope that Marty never finds out just how persuasive the Church of Scientology can really be.

This is not goodbye, although I know it sounds like one. I just wanted to explain my absence. Things may be quiet for a bit, or something may come up that leads to a flurry of postings. I read Marty’s blog and the Church’s responses every day, and I enjoy researching policy and shining the light of truth on the lies of both the Church and the Independent movement. But these things take time. My over-arching goal has always been to make sure that the public knows the truth about Scientology in all its forms – including the fact that Marty’s brand of Scientology is no different than the Church’s. And the public seems to have figured that out. Marty’s customer base is not new Scientologists; it’s existing Scientologists who want to be deluded at cheaper rates.

Keep posting, keep telling the truth, keep exposing Marty’s censorship, and I’ll see you soon!