Monthly Archives: January 2012

Perhaps we really don’t have anything to worry about…

Just read a recent post, Miscavige’s Religious Freedom Crusade, on Marty’s blog.

For those not in the know, the fruits of the Squirrel Busters labors have finally been revealed in the form of this video, which does a pretty good job of portraying Marty as crazy and violent, while conveniently leaving out the fact that they literally worked overtime to provoke him. (For the record, I think Marty’s anger was justified, although his behavior wasn’t too bright.) In one scene, Marty popped a guy in the face, knocking off his sunglasses and allegedly causing cuts. The Scientologists reported it and Marty was arrested, but David Aken, the county attorney, refused to file charges.

The blog entry cites a letter from the guy Marty hit (although Marty says it was “clearly written” by a Scn lawyer who just died) to “Mr. Akens” (Dumb shits!), questioning the decision not to prosecute, and mentioning that he was producing a documentary for his religion.

I saw the message between the lines pretty clearly: This is a thinly veiled threat of a religious discrimination lawsuit. Marty even pointed that out in the blog entry.

You’d expect to see talk of this in the comments, right? Wrong! Here’s a sampling of what Marty’s flock had to say:

“DM and his corrupt church are PTS corporate idiots stable datum and it’s senior to their logic.”

“I do feel sorry for him, must be awful to be such a lilly-livered little coward. I’m shore [sic] he dudn’t get much respect. Too sad.”

“Pathetic. I’m surprised this clown didn’t throw in something along the lines of “My psychiatrist has confirmed that I have suffered irreversible mental anguish, trauma and PTSD from this incident.”

(In case you don’t know, to a Scientologist, saying someone goes to a psychiatrist is a HUGE insult, as bad as if I told you that your mother is a whore. Speaking of which, if you see your mother, tell her she still owes me change from my $20 bill. OH SNAP!!)

“The obvious insanity and psychotic behavior of miscavige and his personal cult is well described in the following excerpts from an LRH bulletin…”

“..that Norman guy from your videos is one of the greasiest most evil-purposed looking SP’s I’ve ever seen.”

And the Ignorance of the Wog World Award goes to Sara:

Jury trial for battery? Really?

I thought there might be SOME intelligent discussion of the possibility of a lawsuit, and how that might get handled in Texas, and all the positive media reaction it might receive… but, nope. Nada. Just a lot of childish name-calling.

Compare that to these randomly-picked comments from this Church-run, anti-Marty site:

“Rathbun just keeps going right past all his idiotic screw ups and still thinks he’s smart.”

“If there’s anything that Rin and Rat want to stop it’s Scientology’s basic purpose… They will never get policy, and even if they did, they would work against it. These are not good, constructive people.”

“I think that Rathbun knows he is an incompetent moron.”

Sometimes I wonder why I even bother to protest this so-called religion. They’re like a bunch of fucking eight-year-olds. I suppose this is a perfect example of the sort of blind, idiotic conformity that Hubbard was trying to achieve… problem is, I don’t think he imagined that the mental eight-year-olds he created, like Miscavige and Rathbun, would ever be running the show.

Sometimes I wonder if we really have anything to worry about. Of course, I know that while an individual wasp may not be all that much of a problem, get a swarm of them angry and they can really ruin your day.


Denial redux

I wanted to re-post a comment on Marty’s blog by an Indie named KFrancis. I was going to post this free of my own input, but I just can’t help myself. Take it away, K:

The things I believe in A.D. 2012

A.D.? Anno Domini? In the year of our lord? You must not be far enough up The Bridge to know that Christianity is an implant and Christ didn’t exist. LRH will set you straight in this MP3 file. (I’m assuming you didn’t mean LRH’s definition, “After Dianetics,” because AD 2012 is the year 3963.)

1. That LRH is actually our greatest friend, that he left this earth with the full intention to come back and that he intends to clear this planet.

You forgot: “…and my bank account.”

2. I believe that LRH considers all auditors his personal friends and allies in the effort to clear this planet.

3. I believe that LRH considers Ms. Debbie Cook his friend and would not want her harmed, suppressed, declared, diminished, stopped pressured, followed or in any way ruined.

I love Debbie Cook’s email, but it seems to me she’s guilty of crimes under HCO PL 7 March 1965 Issue III, JUSTICE OFFENSES AND PENALTIES. I’m sure Ron wouldn’t be pleased about that. (More on Scn crimes.)

4. I believe that LRH’s heart weeps to see what has happened to his friends and the technology that he handed over to us for safe keeping and application.

Well, given accounts of what LRH was like, it’s more likely that he’s red as a beet, screaming his head off at the hot-pants-clad teenage girls he used as personal servants.

Regardless, while I still think DM is running things more or less as LRH intended, it’s true that if LRH was around, he could update the scam for modern times and make a lot more more money. Instead, David Miscavige, Marty Rathbun, and other Scientology profit-seekers are stuck with the shit he wrote 25+ years ago.

.5. I believe that LRH knows exactly what is going on here and in Scientology today and knows exactly who is doing it and already has a plan in place to correct the scene and restore Scientology.

I believe if you read all of the “tech,” especially the Admin Tech (LRH’s management how-to), you’ll see that DM is running things more or less as LRH wanted, i.e. selling salvation to make a profit. That said, thanks to the Internet, I think the general public knows Scientology is a scam and LRH is a fraud, hence DM’s reliance on hounding the faithfully brainwashed for money. LRH might not approve, but he left no provisions for “discoveries” of new material, so what’s a cult leader to do?

6. I believe that since LRH departed in 1986 he has never once taken his eye off of our planet and his home for even a minute.

Maybe that’s why he failed to notice those Vistaril injections he got in the days before he died.

7. I believe that things may get much worse before they get better but that they will get better.

I’m with you up until the “before”.

8. I believe that January 1st 2012 will be remembered as the day when the tide turned and that an auditor said “no more” and Ms. Debbie Cook will be remembered for taking a stand.

Debbie Cook’s email was a landmark, but she’s no Lisa McPherson.

9. I believe when the betrayal is fully recognized and understood that the pain will be unimaginable for some but that we will pass through it as a group and that it will open the door for the healing to begin.

100% correct here. This happens daily to Scientologists who wake up and realize that the whole thing is a scam — not just the Church, but LRH’s entire subject of Scientology.

10. I believe that the actual Golden Age of Tech. took place on this earth from 1950 until roughly 1982. That LRH presided over this age at St. Hill and any other location where he was actually present and on the line.

That was certainly the Golden Age of the Scam. It amazes me that Scientologists are so eager to believe in the public persona carefully sown by LRH, and ignore numerous eyewitnesses who actually worked with him and said he acted like a petulant, hot-headed baby.

11. I believe LRH has been in progress for his return and that he will be returning with a group of ethical and fully trained OT’s that share his vision, know all about earth cases and intend to clear this planet and sector.

Ah, the Second Coming. Every religion has one nowadays. Though one has to wonder, if he couldn’t get his ass out of his motorhome to stand up for his (supposedly) beloved wife, what makes you think he’s going to lift a finger for you whiners?

12. I believe that LRH and these OT’s will be entirely unimpeded by the small time games played down here on earth and world clearing will begin immediately with LRH’s original tech. fully in and on source.

No question, the key to un-fucking this prison planet is a bunch of chain-smokers armed with dictionaries.

13. I believe earth will be the site of an unbelievable renaissance and will be lead by LRH , OT’s and all Scientologists who wish to join.

…because if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

14. I believe many will immediately recognize that it is LRH and that the Org’s will see a boom like never before and that they will be a joy to be in and support.

As long as you’re not on his shit list. But yes, aside from those who get locked in chain lockers, tossed overboard, screamed at, arbitrarily sent to do slave labor, disowned or left to take the blame and rot in jail (note: the latter two apply to immediate family only), I’m sure “many” will love their time in the orgs under LRH.

15. I believe we are going to make it to unimaginable OT states of being!

You’re right. The OT states of being are definitely unimaginable, because no one can a) say what they are or b) demonstrate them.

If this is the Scientology mindset, then clearly Rathbun and Miscavige need not worry about an income stream for the next few years.


Who is in denial?

Check out the post Denialism on Marty’s blog. Replace the use of “Corporate Scientologist” with “independent Scientologist” (or, hell, just “Scientologist”) and tell me it doesn’t apply.

This is one of those days where I feel pity for, rather than anger towards, Marty, his independent mob, and all those who have left the Church but still believe in Hubbard. They think they are “out” but they aren’t even close.


Marty: Suppression causes cancer

Just a quick quote from Marty Rathbun’s blog entry about the death of Annie Broeker, former LRH aid and ex-wife of Marty’s superfanboy Jim Logan (“Ann Marie Tidman 1956 – 2011 — In Memoriam):

“Shortly before John Brousseau (JB) left the corporate church in April 2010 he was told that Annie had contracted lung cancer. Since then a network of friends on the outside has sought to assist her knowing full well the suppression she was under that would cause such a scourge to invade her body.”

Got that? Annie Broeker got lung cancer because of “the suppression she was under.” Not because it ran in her family. Not because Scientologists smoke like chimneys in their attempt to be like their guru, L. Ron Hubbard. (Disclaimer: I don’t know if Ms. Broeker smoked or not.) Not because of some undiscovered medical cause.

Nope – Annie Broeker got lung cancer because David Miscavige was suppressing her.

This is what L. Ron Hubbard teaches his Scientologists – that you don’t get sick because of germs, but rather that you get sick because of a connection to a suppressive person or a “potential trouble source” (someone who is connected to an SP).

This sounds like something you could laugh off… until you realize that this is the information Scientologists use to make decisions about their own health care and that of their loved ones. Including their children. Scientologists would rather listen to a power-crazed con man who failed out of college than doctors who have had years of training.

And how do Scientologists treat cancer? Do they go to the doctor for aggressive radiation or chemotherapy? Nope. They give “touch assists.” They repeatedly poke the person and say “Feel my finger. Thank you.”

Imagine if you went to your doctor and were told that your spouse had cancer, that it was caused by someone being mean to her, and that the treatment was to repeatedly touch her and thank her. I don’t know about you, but I’d punch that doctor in his shiny white teeth, and then I’d sue the living shit out of him.

Not that any of this matters, because Annie Broeker didn’t die; she simply dropped her body. As we speak, she’s probably directing her new body to coo and gurgle and gaze lovingly at her new parents. Or maybe she’s hanging out with LRH’s thetan on some far-away planet somewhere. Who the fuck knows.

All I do know is that we have yet more evidence that so-called independent Scientology is no safer than Church-going Scientology. Forget about Miscavige throwing a beating to his staff – that isn’t right, but it’s not the real evil of the Church.

The real evil is people who perpetuate the idea that if no one treats you badly, you are safe from deadly diseases.

Think about it this way: If Annie Broeker had quit Scientology and trusted her care to real doctors, she probably would have had her cancer detected earlier, could have treated it, and would probably be alive today.

LRH reached out from beyond the grave and killed her, as sure as if he shot her with a gun. Except a gun is more humane.

Ever watch someone die of cancer? I have. It’s about as unpleasant and undignified a death as you could hope for.

And yet Marty Rathbun, just like David Miscavige, still wants to make his living by selling this bullshit.

And what are Marty’s followers doing? Acting sad. Wait a second, I thought Annie was an immortal thetan! She’s dropped her body and freed herself of Miscavige’s suppression! Shouldn’t you be celebrating?

But you’re not. You’re sad. You know why? Because humans recognize death for what it really is. You see the finality of it. You know Annie is dead and gone. That sad feeling welling inside you, dear Scientologist, is your bullshit detector, and it’s ringing like fucking crazy.

Rest in peace, Annie.


The Debbie Cook disintegration

I suppose the Debbie Cook situation is too big a thing for me not to comment on it.

In case you’re not familiar, Debbie Cook is a former high-ranking Scientology executive. Over the New Year weekend, she sent an email to 12,000 Scientologists complaining about the Church’s emphasis on fund raising for ornate Ideal Orgs and forcing Scientologists to re-take “levels” that they do not need. Ms. Cook blames David Miscavige for the destruction of the Church’s management structure, and quotes LRH policy saying that selling Scientology, not fund-raisers, should be used to make money. The letter (authenticated by other sources) can be found at this Marty Rathbun blog entry.

So what does this mean? Well, for one thing, it means you should stock up on popcorn!

I’m taking a wait-and-see attitude towards this one. Debbie claims she is a member in good standing of the Church, and is not in communication with those who aren’t (i.e. Marty and his crew). Her outlook is clearly similar to many Independents – that LRH’s tech is basically good, and David Miscavige’s implementation is bad – although she lacks Marty’s vitriol towards DM. (I’m sure that will come in good time.)

I have often said that David Miscavige is following closely in the foosteps of L. Ron Hubbard. Debbie’s email bolsters the Independent argument that DM is mis-managing the Church, counter to LRH’s intentions. I can’t argue her with the policy she quotes; LRH emphasized exchange (i.e. no something-for-nothing) (although he did have financial mechanisms in place to accept financial “gifts”). Ms. Cook’s policy quotes clearly show LRH’s intention to use Scientology services as the main profit center (something I would think the IRS should take notice of). As for DM’s provenance, there is little evidence available to the public of what LRH actually intended for Church management after his death.

I would imagine that the reason for David Miscavige’s emphasis on fund-raising is that Scientology simply isn’t making money the way it used to. When LRH was alive, he continually updated the scam Scientology to adapt it to modern times. Since his death, Scientologists have continued to beat the same dead horses. Their vilification of psychiatry, for example, which may have had merit in the 1950s, seems ridiculous and ill-informed today. But with no new policies being written, and their conviction that LRH had all the answers, what else can they do but keep on keeping on?

David Miscavige is the product of a Scientology environment – the “Homo Novis” who is dedicated to fulfilling his purpose, no matter what. He’s exactly the kind of sociopathic bastard that Scientology tries to create. You’ll see similar personality traits in other Scientologists, especially when they get angry. (See Aaron Saxton’s video interview for a candid discussion of just how ruthless Scientologists are supposed to be.)

Anyway, as always, I have mixed feelings about stories like these. On the one hand, anything that exposes the truth about Scientology is a good thing – and Scientology’s endless “regging” for money is the truth.

On the other hand, this story does, in some small way, perpetuate the myth that David Miscavige is the source of Scientology’s bad practices. To be fair, Scientologists like Marty Rathbun and Debbie Cook are too young to know how bad things were when Hubbard was running the show. It’s a classic example of “Good Old Days” syndrome.

Fortunately, there are still people who remember that the Good Old Days were anything but good. Like this person.

So, as I said, I’ll wait and see. As I’m sure Marty Rathbun will. After all, this could go two ways for him.

If Debbie Cook ends up being an ally, this could be a windfall for Marty’s burgeoning Scientology business, with the potential to bring in a lot of customers with big pockets.

On the other hand, if Ms. Cook is laying the groundwork for her own auditing business, then I’m sure Marty will be quick to give her the David Mayo treatment.

As for me, I’ll continue doing what I do best: Talking about the real practices of Scientology as dictated by L. Ron Hubbard. Despite Miscavige’s attempt to accelerate the emptying of parishioners’ pockets, it is within “the Tech” that the real evil of Scientology can be found.

Let’s keep our eye on the ball – as long as people are reaching for information about Scientology, it is the obligation of the protest movement to see that people get the real truth – not the skewed version of those who, like Hubbard, Miscavige, and Rathbun, seek to profit from its followers.