I know a lot of you avoid Marty’s blog, but you really ought to check out his September 3rd entry, Germany, Europe and Human Rights — including the three videos.
The whole post is both entertaining and troubling. Entertaining, because it’s fun to watch Scientologists spar on camera. Actually, the Squirrel Busters come off looking pretty good in this one – they ask a very reasonable question, namely who is paying for Marty’s trip to Germany, and Marty won’t answer. Way to give them ammunition, Marty ol’ pal. (I know, I know – the fact that I’m bringing this up will be used as proof that I’m OSA.)
For the few of you unfamiliar, Scientology has been under deep scrutiny in Germany. Wikipedia has a good description of the situation. Basically, Germany has all but banned Scientology, saying, correctly, that it’s a business, not a religion. They also are concern about Hubbard’s vision of a utopian society in which those who do not comply are dispatched “quietly and without sorrow.” Germany has some experience with that sort of thing, so they are understandably cautious.
From what I can surmise, Marty plans to take his Hubbard-whitewashing show on the road, and will attempt to convince people that the evils of Scientology are due to Miscavige, not Hubbard. I don’t think this will go over as well as Marty thinks it does; after all, the initial German investigations were based on Hubbard’s own writings, and I’ve found that most of Marty’s lies about Scientology can be disproved by Hubbard’s own writings. Surely the Germans will see through them. Still, I can’t help but worry a bit. It’s in my nature. And that’s the troubling part.
I was wondering if the Wise Beard Man would chime in on this, and he did, re-posting Marty’s videos (although I don’t think the Squirrel Busters come off quite as bad as he says. Standing in front of their camera, talking over Rich’s speech, he comes across being just as childish and petty as they are. WBM also posted the video where Rathbun sprays the Squirrel Busters with a garden hose. Way to give the Squirrel Buster Rich credibility, Marty, especially when he talks about your “complsive, self-destructive and psychotic behavior” [Part 2, 7:30]). But in Part 3, Mosey comes to the rescue and finally starts making some sense.
Ah, Mosey… I think I am falling in love with that woman. (Don’t tell Mrs. Caliwog.) Although I do wish Marty would let her read Paulette Cooper’s book The Scandal of Scientology – available online for free – so she could see that Scientology was sending people to the poorhouse long before Miscavige came to power.
Anyway, I was surprised at the way Marty seems to take a swipe at some of WBM’s (and Anonymous’) friends. Like this part, which starts out as an attack on others competing with Marty for Scientology customers:
“Just look for the 1.1s using the safe Independent Scientology space we are creating to promote such practices as no-training-needed to get onto OT levels, ‘OT I and OT II are of little importance’: especially coming from ‘Class VIIIs’, ‘Class VIs’ and folks claiming to be ‘trained by Ron.’ They may as well be saying ‘Scientology is a fraud, because after all I studied it all, and violently disagree with the Bridge created by Ron.’ Think about it. Beware of anyone who has ‘studied it all’ and discourages you from doing the same.” — Marty Rathbun
Uh-oh. Those last three sentences sound an awful lot like Tory Christman, Jason Beghe, and Jesse Prince – three heroes of mine who achieved high levels in Scientology and then came out publicly to say that Scientology is a scam and Hubbard was full of shit.
Marty goes on to say:
“We never lose sight of the mountain and always have the broader, longer view in mind and keep long-term projects advancing.” — MR
That’s good, because it’s the long-term view that I think Germany is concerned about: Hubbard’s vision of “A world without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper.” That all sounds well and good, until you remember what LRH said about dispatching the undesireables “quietly and without sorrow” – or, as Tom Cruise told us, how SPs (suppressive persons, those who dare speak out against Scientology) will be “something you just read about in the history books.”