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Happy Father’s Day, LRH!

“You raised three fine children and one who died too soon…” — Marty Rathbun, An Ode to L. Ron Hubbard

Today being Father’s Day, I thought we could look at what kind of a father LRH was to his seven (not four) children. Let’s step through his offspring one by one, shall we?

Marriage #1 (Margaret Louise “Polly” Grub)

Lafayette Ron Hubbard, Jr. (“Nibs”): Nibs supported his father early on but left the Church in 1959 and turned against LRH, going so far as to change his name to Ron DeWolf. He was quoted in a 1983 Penthouse Magazine article as saying “99% of anything my father ever wrote or said about himself is untrue.” Nibs sued for control of his father’s estate when LRH went into hiding, so as to prove that his father was either dead or incapacitated. His stepmother (Mary Sue) later sued him for $5 million with no apparent objection from LRH. Nibs was named as a co-author of the unauthorized (and very unflattering) biography, L.Ron Hubbard: Messiah or Madman. After LRH died, Nibs accepted a settlement from the Church and agreed not to speak out against Scientology or his father. Nibs died in 1991; his grandson, Jamie DeWolf, continues to speak out against Scientology and LRH.

Katherine May Hubbard: Not much information known about Katherine, but in 1951, Polly filed papers saying that LRH had not paid child support since their 1947 divorce. Katherine is not acknowledged in Church biographies, which (like Marty) maintain that LRH had only four children, but she is named in alleged wills from 1979, 1982, 1983, and 1986 and in this 1994 copyright transfer notice.

Marriage #2 (Sarah Elizabeth Northrup)

Alexis Valierie Hubbard: After his marriage to Sarah broke up, LRH reportedly abducted both her and three-year-old Alexis, then released Sarah and took Alexis to Cuba. Eventually he returned Alexis to her mother in exchange for a written statement from her (Sarah) denying all the claims she made about him; Sarah signed so as to get Alexis back and get away from LRH. In 1970, at the age of 21, Alexis attempted to contact LRH. He wrote back, denying that he was her father (as he denied his marriage to Sarah), and she never tried to contact him again. Alexis is not mentioned in any legal paperwork, though in 1986 she reportedly received a financial settlement from the Church in exchange for her continued silence. LRH can be seen lying about being married to Sarah in this 1968 television program.

Marriage #3 (Mary Sue Whipp)

Diana Meredith Dewolf Hubbard: The oldest child of LRH and Mary Sue, Diana was favored by her father and reportedly remains active in Church management to this day. Notably, she has not spoken out against David Miscavige.

Geoffrey Quentin McCaully Hubbard (“Quentin”): After Nibs quit the Church, LRH expected Quentin to be his successor, regardless of the fact that Quentin wanted nothing of the sort. Quentin was reportedly homosexual, which LRH considered to be a dangerous perversion. Quentin attempted suicide in 1974, and was placed in the Rehabilitation Project Force, Scientology’s in-house prison camp. On October 28th, 1976, Quentin made another suicide attempt, and was found unconscious in his car. LRH’s alleged reaction was to scream “That stupid fucking kid! Look what he’s done to me!” Quentin died two weeks later without regaining consciousness. He was 22.

Mary Suzette Rochelle Hubbard (“Suzette”): Became active in the Church. Suzette had a romantic relationship with then-Scientologist Arnie Lerma, until Hubbard learned of their plans to elope. Lerma left Scientology and went on to post the OT levels to the Internet (on which Indies like Marty Rathbun now rely). Suzette is reportedly still involved with Scientology, though not in upper management. Like her sister, she has not spoken out against David Miscavige.

Arthur Ronald Conway Hubbard: Arthur grew up in Scientology, but reportedly drifted away from the Church. An artist, he went by Arthur Conway rather than Arthur Hubbard, presumably to avoid association with his famous father. He may have accepted a financial settlement in exchange for not speaking out about Scientology or his father.

LRH went on to teach that children are just “thetans (spirits) in little bodies,” and since they do not contribute much work, are “down-stat” (non-productive) and deserving of little resource allocation, hence the disgraceful conditions in Scientology Sea Org day care centers (the “Cadet Org”) and the eventual ban on Sea Org members being banned from having children (or coerced into having abortions). For more on Scientology’s attitude towards children, see this Caliwog article.

Happy Father’s Day, LRH, and thank you for setting such a craptastic example of parenthood for your customers suckers culties followers!

ML,
Caliwog

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Grab your coat, the snow job is a-comin’!

Shit, maybe I’m not going on hiatus just yet.

Marty’s latest blog entry, Meet the Editors – What Is Wrong With Scientology? talks about the purposes of Marty’s (supposedly) upcoming book. From the book’s title, we can already tell that Marty will be using a classic Church of Scientology technique: Redirection.

It works like this: We protesters say “Scientology is wrong.” Instead of saying “No it isn’t,” the Scientologists hijacks the subject by saying “You’re right! There is something wrong with it. Here’s what it is.” And it is invariably something that works in Scientology’s favor. In Marty’s case, you can bet the lives of your children that it will be David Miscavige.

Sounds simple, but see how effective it can be? Marty will essentially use all of our good work to make it sound like we’re all on the same side. Scientology is evil. That evil is ’cause of Miscavige. Get rid of Miscavige and the evil is gone.

Except it’s not, because Scientology is rotten to the core. But I’m pretty sure Marty won’t say that.

In this blog entry, Marty says, “…in describing what is wrong with Scientology, I tell what Scientology is, or what it was intended to be by L. Ron Hubbard.”

Well, now, that’s a problem, because what LRH meant Scientology to be, and what he said it was intended to be, are two different things.

LRH said Scientology was a way to help mankind – a mantra that Scientologists cling on to like some sort of lifeline. Problem is, as we all know, LRH was a proven liar. The Church deals with this by encouraging its parishioners not to believe anything about Scientology or LRH that did not originate from the Church. Marty encourages his flock to read a bit more – not too much “entheta,” but some outside stuff. Problem is, when you do that, you run into bullshit that simply cannot be justified. Hence Marty’s “not everything LRH said should be taken literally” mantra. (Bullshit again. LRH literally said to always take him literally.)

Basically, Marty is going to use the words of a known bullshit artist to justify that artist’s own bullshit. It doesn’t add up unless you want it to add up.

And Scientologists like Marty desperately want it to add up.

Anyway, this whole redirection and truth-substitution thing is a Church technique. Heber Jentzsch, a favorite Scientologist of both Marty’s and mine (but for entirely different reasons), used it to great effect by trying to out-shout and out-bully his opponents (as heard in the greatest Scientology interview ever). And now Marty is probably going to use it in his book.

Sorry, tell me again how Marty’s Independent movement is that different from the Church of Scientology? Because the more I distance myself from the whole thing, the more trouble I have telling the two of them apart.

ML,
Caliwog

Caliwog on hiatus

Hello, fellow wogs! Due to some other obligations in my life, I’ll once again have to hang up Caliwog for a little while. I’m not giving up and no one has gotten to me. But I think we’ve reached a good point for me to take a break: The Church is continuing its downward slide and Marty, having run into an intellectual cul-de-sac by saying that L. Ron Hubbard was not to be taken literally, has gone back to his “successful actions” of posting rambling stories of the newly liberated and “leaking” ten-plus-year-old “dox” revealing innocuous marketing advice. Scientology is spinning its wheels as usual.

Keep checking back every couple of weeks, as I’ll post when necessary. If you’re new, dig back through the archives. There’s a lot of good stuff here on the basic scam of Scientology, how it works, where LRH cribbed his materials, etc. That shit never changes.

Hey, you know what? If anyone wants me to post a blog entry here, send it to caliwog at hotmail. (Dot-com, of course.) Give me a couple of weeks as I’m checking mail infrequently.

Oh, and Marty sez his first book is supposedly coming out soon… not the big book, but an alternative, smaller book. I definitely can’t wait for that!!

Thanks, Wogs, and I’ll be back on the air in a little bit!

ML,
Caliwog