Hello again, fellow wogs! There’s been so much that I’ve wanted to write about, but I’ve been busy working to keep a roof over Mrs. Caliwog’s head. Please forgive the lack of blog activity and backed-up email.
One story that has me chomping at the bit is an entry Marty Rathbun posted last week, called Who Is Joel Phillips. According to Marty, Joel Phillips is the sponsor of Religious Freedom Watch, one of the web sites the Church uses to discredit its critics. Marty us using this blog post to “out” him. There’s a lot to this post – Marty had to amend it a couple of times because of obvious gaffes in the links he posted – but part that stands out to me is the original ending:
“I encourage anyone who has time on their hands to see to it that each and every one of Phillips’ business contacts are made aware of what Phillips has been up to.”
Forgive me if I sound dramatic, but reading this literally gave me chills.
Why? Because it’s exactly the technique used by the Church of Scientology: Publicly identify them as an enemy, then inform his or her associates about the “crimes” that they supposedly have been up to.
Remember the protests against Mark Bunker, in which the Church was trying to “expose” him to his neighbors? What about the (effective) campaign to ruin the business of LRH apologist Debbie Cook by encouraging her clients to stop doing business with her?
Marty is acting exactly like David Miscavige. And if you’ll forgive the expression… I told you so.
I have been saying “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss” for as long as I have been running this blog. How can Marty Rathbun be so much like David Miscavige, the man he abhors? Because they are both singing off the same sheet of music. They trained together. They worked together. And they are both trying their best to carry out their individual interpretations of the will of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.
It’s a busy day, so I don’t have time to dig through LRH policy at the moment, but we’ve discussed it before: The concepts of being in or out of a group, with no gray area between; the idea of disconnection (which Marty defended – remember that time he walked away while a prostitute was being beat up by her pimp, and didn’t even bother to call the cops); and the idea of spreading “lurid sex blood crimes” about a person in order to keep them from attacking.
Basically, Marty is trying to shudder Phillips into silence.
This is yet another subtle reminder, fellow anti-Scientologists, that for all their animosity, Miscavige and Rathbun are two peas in a pod. Marty may be trying to portray Miscavige and his mismanaged Church into the face of evil, but you and I know that the real evil, the true root of the problem, is L. Ron Hubbard and the whole subject of Scientology.
And if you know it, why not shout it?