Apologies for the “comm lag,” fellow SPs; even wogs get to take summer vacations! Let’s dive right back in.
One of the things that seems to amaze non-Scientologists is the rapidity and viciousness with which Scientologists turn on those who practice Scientology on their own. After all, if someone leaves a Christian church, they probably won’t have their house videotaped and picketed. Many religious people feel that as long as people worship God in their own way, that’s good enough.
This is not a new phenomenon. As I illustrated in my last post, LRH had nothing good to say about Independent Scientologists. He labeled them “squirrels,” a term he redefined to be one of the most hated in Scientology. As you saw in my last post, he called them “parasitic,” “lice,” and “cheap,” and said they were out to actively harm Scientologists and destroy Scientology.
“Scientology is the only workable system Man has… Squirreling is today destructive of a workable system.” — LRH, HCO PL 14 Feb 1965, SAFEGUARDING TECHNOLOGY
No wonder Church-going Scientologists are so eager to picket Marty’s house.
Marty complains about the harassment, but he seems to feel the same way. This was revealed a few months back in his post Deconstructing the Mayo Myth, in which he attempted to minimize the accomplishments of David Mayo, leader of the last Independent Scientology movement to gain any traction. He called Mayo a liar and accused him of making LRH sick with his auditing.
This led to a backlash from supporters and customers who admired Mayo, so Marty wrote a follow-up post, Before You Knight Mayo, making the exact same accusations against Mayo and his followers that LRH made against sqiurrels – and that today’s Church makes against Marty.
“I have noticed over the past year several old AACers [Advanced Ability Center, David Mayo’s auditing organization] coming out of retirement and hanging up their shingles… they are back in business only because of the exodus we have unleashed. Well, over the past couple months I have had some bedraggled souls wind up on my doorstep who have been mauled by old-timer squirrels. I repaired them, and will continue to do so as needed. But, it is apparent to me that a line needs to be drawn. Squirrels leave the church seeking freedom to do whatever hair-brained scheme their banks feed them. Independents leave the church seeking freedom to practice standard tech.” — Marty Rathbun
Of course, there may be some professional jealousy here. Mayo was Hubbard’s right-hand-man and helped to write policy. Rathbun was Miscavige’s right-hand-man and helped to silence critics and cover up the true nature of Lisa McPherson’s death.
But the big issue is that Marty and his customers, like the David Miscavige and his customers, are simply following what Hubbard said to do. The Indies don’t see themselves as squirrels; they think they are following the true word of Hubbard, and that Miscavige is the squirrel. Which is why you see the same vitriol in their comments on Marty’s blog.
I still think Marty’s hatred towards DM is largely fueled by a personal vendetta, a natural reaction to being pushed out of the seat of power. This is what Scientologists call HE&R – Human Emotion and Reaction – and it’s a perfectly naturally way of dealing with loss. But in Scientology, HE&R is a bad thing.
But Marty’s assertion that this harassment is all because of David Miscavige is a bold-faced lie.
Everything that is happening to Marty is happening because L. Ron Hubbard said so. And yet many people believe Marty’s lies, because it’s impossible to believe that a man could cause such misery twenty-five years after his death.
Those of us who understand the true nature of Scientology know different.
Marty is getting ready to go to Germany to tell more lies about L. Ron Hubbard, and to attempt to white-wash this very dangerous religion. It’s up to us to keep talking and make sure that doesn’t happen.