I wanted to talk more about David Mayo vs. Marty Rathbun. Now, I’m not writing this to glorify the Independent movement; as far as I’m concerned, Scientology in all its forms is a fraud. But I wanted to put paid to Marty Rathbun’s attempts to downplay the accomplishments of Mayo’s Advanced Ability Center (AAC) and the Free Zone movement that followed it and paint himself as the “source” of the Independent Scientology movement.
A reminder of what Marty said:
[Mayo’s] stint as a Scientology practioner [sic] outside the church lasted a far sight shorter than the existence of the modern Independent movement, which has only just begun…
“[I have been] contemplating a post to distinguish us from the likes of Mayo. I have noticed over the past year several old AACers coming out of retirement and hanging up their shingles. While nattering about Independents being ‘johnny come lately’ out of one side of their mouths, they are back in business only because of the exodus we have unleashed.”
It is true that the original AAC did not last very long – but they also did a lot more to attract the Church’s ire. Within a short time, David Mayo had a full staff and was training multiple clients. He had at least two AAC chapters in Europe. He was trying to create a unified world-wide Independent Scientology movement, remnants of which still exist to this day.
But the original Independents didn’t just sell Scientology services. They, like Anonymous, were activists. They picketed Saint Hill at a time when the Church was at its most powerful.
Today the Church is under siege from several directions, and what does Marty do? He has a barbeque in the back woods of Texas.
Almost makes you wonder who was really trying to reform Scientology and who is just “hanging up his shingle” and trying to make some money.
“Sure, David Mayo took a beating. You think we haven’t?”
Well, compared to what David Mayo endured, Marty’s kind of a lightweight. Getting your name smeared in Scientology’s own magazines and having some dorks with cameras show up on your doorstep is child’s play compared to the lawsuits, harassment and vilification that Mayo went through.
Truth is, if you look at how far Mayo’s Advanced Ability Center got, not to mention the fact that Mayo was LRH’s right-hand man until the ol’ fraud turned his back on him, Marty really hasn’t accomplished anything worth bragging about. No wonder Marty is so eager to talk shit about Mayo – compared to the AAC, Casablanca is a fart in the wind.
I’ll be honest: I never had much of a problem with the Independent/Free Zone movement until Marty came along. I’ve always thought the teachings of Scientology are a mix of repackaged psychology and sci-fi bullshit. It wasn’t until I realized that Marty was lying to his followers and attempting to censor the truth that I realized just how dangerous Independent Scientology could be. Fact is, if Marty wasn’t trying to Miscavige-ize the Independent movement, this blog probably wouldn’t exist.
Why is Marty so eager to tone down the accomplishments of David Mayo? Well, there are a few possible reasons. One is that he’s an egomaniac and a narcissist, just like LRH and DM. Think about it: Saying that he’s picking up where Mayo left off would give him a tremendous rallying point and a huge potential client base. But it would also mean sharing the glory (not to mention the auditing sales), and we can all see how Marty likes to keep people like Mike Rinder in his shadow, even if they have a lot to contribute. But perhaps Marty thinks the AACers would laugh at him for not having enough experience in Scientology tech. After all, Mayo was chief Case Supervisor; Marty was chief thug.
Maybe it has to do with Marty’s devotion to LRH. Remember, Mayo wasn’t just given his Suppressive Person declare and told to leave. He was thoroughly demonized by L. Ron Hubbard, the man with whom David worked side by side and to whose teachings he had dedicated his life. (Read The Story of a Squirrel: David Mayo.) Marty’s desire for revenge against Miscavige is one thing, but can you imagine the betrayal Mayo must have felt?
Another possible explanation is that David Mayo has turned his back on Scientology. And when you’re trying to pay your bills by selling Scientology services – just as Marty Rathbun, David Miscavige, and LRH before them both – that’s simply not good for business.
To me, though, the most likely reason that Marty Rathbun thinks David Mayo is bad that LRH said David Mayo was bad. And Marty Rathbun, like any proper Scientologist, always does what LRH said.
As far as I can tell, that’s the real difference between David Mayo and Marty Rathbun: Marty takes LRH at face value. David actually used his mind and thought about what was going on – a path that led him away from LRH, away from the Church, and, finally, away from Scientology.
I find the fact that David Mayo no longer considers himself to be a Scientologist very, very encouraging. If LRH’s co-pilot, a man who believed so earnestly that he helped co-author much of the religion, can turn away, that gives me hope that other Scientologists can do the same.
Most Scientologists leave because they eventually see through the lies. And we’ve seen first-hand how even Marty’s loyal flock saw through his attempt to re-write the history of the Independent movement. With that in mind, I’ll close with a quote from one of David Mayo’s lectures:
“I feel that we should make a particular point of maintaining our own integrity and truthfulness, because that is a very valuable thing that we have. And although others may go into a lot of mud-slinging and name-calling and so on, if we maintain our integrity, then we maintain our freedom and our independence.”
Marty would do well to heed David’s advice.