Category Archives: Following in LRH’s footsteps

Why Miscavige is better than Hubbard

In 1969, Paulette Cooper wrote an article for a British magazine called The Tragi-Farce of Scientology. She then expanded it into a book called The Scandal of Scientology, which she published in 1971.

In retaliation, the Church began a five-year vendetta to drive her over the brink. They sued her, they harassed her, they sent spies to befriend her and to follow her, they wrote her name and phone number in bathroom stalls, and they were nearly successful in an attempt to frame her by writing a bomb threat on stationery they had stolen from her apartment, a stunt they attempted to repeat with threats against the Arab consulate. Ms. Cooper believes the Church was behind an attempted murder that went wrong.

The Church only stopped their campaign of harassment because they were distracted by the discovery of their theft of government documents. Had Operation Snow White not been discovered, they very likely would have hounded Paulette Cooper to her death.

That was Scientology under L. Ron Hubbard.

In 2006, Janet Reitman wrote an article for Rolling Stone magazine called Inside Scientology that was equally critical. That, too, turned into a devastating book of the same name.

In retaliation, the Church wrote an angry letter.

That is Scientology under David Miscavige.

In fact, several critical books have been released in the past two years. So far as I know, none of the authors have been sued, shot or framed.

Clearly, the Church’s actions have been tempered by the times and years of bad PR. The Church may be hobbled by Hubbard’s often idiotic way of doing things, but Miscavige and his management aren’t completely stupid. (That said, it’s worth noting that the harassment has been toned down to an even lower level since Mike Rinder was taken out of the Office of Special Affairs and Marty Rathbun left his post as Miscavige’s chief thug.)

David Miscavige is pretty terrible, but the evidence indicates that he’s nowhere near as bad as LRH.

And for those ex-Churchies who remember LRH as a sweet old man, I’ll point out all the current Churchies, including Tom Cruise, who think David Miscavige is equally great. Are we really supposed to believe that the latter group are deluded cult members, but the former group have their wits about them? Those who worked under Hubbard and have since left indicate that despite his well-honed Santa Claus-like image, behind closed doors, the old man was a vindictive, angry, paranoid, vengeful old grouch with a penchant for screaming tantrums.

So, you ask: Caliwog, what’s your point?

It’s this: As the organized Church continues to implode and independent Scientologists have their own civil wars, there is still that core of people who think LRH’s basic teachings were good, and they were “corrupted” – by Miscavige, by the Guardian’s Office, by David Mayo, or even by an aging Hubbard himself.

Don’t buy it. Hubbard was an evil bastard, from his pre-Scientology days when he stole Jack Parson’s girlfriend and bigamously married her to the day he died in a Bluebird motorhome with an ass-full of the psych meds he claimed to deplore.

As long is there is one person who still thinks Hubbard was a decent guy, the virus of Scientology still threatens our society. Don’t let anyone derail the focus by concentrating on the Church, or on Miscavige, or on other Scientology groups. Scientology is rotten to the core.


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!


Hubbard, Miscavige and Rathbun: “Always attack”

“[David Miscavige] has one impulse that substitutes for strategy, and one impulse alone that he follows: attempt to overwhelm by force.”

So sayeth Marty Rathbun in his recent blog post, Corporate Scientology Aggression. And he’s right. What he is leaving out, though, is that the strategy of overwhelm comes from L. Ron Hubbard. It can be found in dozens of policies; here are a couple of examples:

“[M]ake enough threat or clamor to cause the enemy to quail… find or manufacture enough threat against them to cause them to sue for peace… Don’t ever defend. Always attack. Don’t ever do nothing.”

— L. Ron Hubbard, HCO PL 15 August 1960

“The law can be used very easily to harass, and enough harassment on somebody who is simply on the thin edge anyway, well knowing that he is not authorized, will generally be sufficient to cause his professional decease. If possible, of course, ruin him utterly.”

— L. Ron Hubbard, “The Scientologist: A manual on the dissemination of material,” 1955

One reason I started this blog was to shed the light of truth on the lies of those who would blame the evils of Scientology on David Miscavige while white-washing Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

If you learn one thing and one thing only from this blog, it should be this: Scientologists do not think for themselves. They think the way L. Ron Hubbard told them to think.

Any practicing Scientologist, independent or Church-going, will tell you this is false.

Any ex-Scientologist will tell you it is 100% true.

It applies to the rank-and-file of the Church. It applies to Marty’s customer base. It applies to Marty Rathbun, Mike Rinder, and David Miscavige.

Think of David Miscavige and Marty Rathbun as political candidates. They both believe in the same set of laws (those written by L. Ron Hubbard). They simply believe in different ways of interpreting and implementing them. They are deeply embroiled in a dirty-tricks campaign, and Miscavige has better funding.

But at the end of the day, they both believe in the same thing: Hubbard’s teachings. And for all the Squirrel Buster antics, for all Miscavige’s use of the law to harass Rathbun, Hubbard’s policies are the real evil in Scientology.

Hubbard’s policies are what hurt people. Hubbard’s policies are what ruin lives.

And nothing Marty Rathbun or David Miscavige says is going to change that.


I love you, Tony Ortega

Hi everyone! Forgive my long absence; as the Scientologists would say, I had to handle some first-dynamic FP cycles. (The rest of us would say I was busy making money.)

And what happens while I’m away? Tony Ortega, who I had accused of being a shill for Marty Rathbun, totally redeems himself (in my eyes, at least), by naming L. Ron Hubbard as the #1 person crippling Scientology. Tony’s article reflect my viewpoint perfectly: It is the policies of L. Ron Hubbard, not merely the implementation of them by David Miscavige, that is the real evil behind Scientology.

Naturally, this article didn’t sit well with Marty Rathbun, and he wrote a reply. I’ll comment more on it in the coming days, but Marty’s arguments are exactly what we hear from organized Scientology: The “unauthorized” biographies are dirt-digging, it doesn’t really matter if Hubbard was a con artist because his “tech” works, and the quotes from policy are all pulled out of context. Same old bullshit Scientology has always spun, with a twist: Independents aren’t going to behave as badly as organized Church members. (Since it was Hubbard hisself who dictated the bad behavior, that remains to be seen. We already know that Marty isn’t above breaking the law when it comes to the Squirrel Busters, although his actions were certainly understandable, if not legally justifiable.)

Oh, glee, glee, glee. More comments coming in the next few days. Be well, my wog brothers and sisters.


Update: Check out what the Churchies have to say about Marty and Tony.

He says, he says

Marty Rathbun says:

“One of the essences of Reverse Scientology as practiced in the Radical Corporate organization is to indoctrinate through the CULTure there that life is not a game. No, they are taught that life is a deadly serious activity.”

L. Ron Hubbard says:

“We’re not playing some minor game in Scientology. It isn’t cute or something to do for lack of something better.

“The whole agonized future of this planet, every Man, Woman and Child on it, and your own destiny for the next endless trillions of years depend on what you do here and now with and in Scientology.

“This is a deadly serious activity.”

— L. Ron Hubbard, HCO PL 7 February 1965, KEEPING SCIENTOLOGY WORKING

The lie: David Miscavige has turned Scientology away from L. Ron Hubbard’s original intentions.

The truth: The Church of Scientology, for all its evils, horrors and abuses, is being run pretty much as founder L. Ron Hubbard intended.


The Church tracks down Marty’s brother

The latest from the Church’s anti-Marty crowd is a blog entry about his brother Scott, which alternately says that he “lives alone with two birds he keeps for company” and “is in full time care.” The gist of the article is that Marty is ignoring Scott, who is projected as a lonely man who just wants to hear from his brother.

My take on this is that Marty’s relationships with his family are none of the Church’s fucking business. They should be ashamed of themselves for stooping this low. (They should be, but they won’t.) And I’m sure this article will backfire, generating a lot of sympathy for Marty. If he plays his cards right, he can probably get Tony Ortega of the Village Voice, who seems to buy 100% into Marty’s bullshit, to write an article.

Even though I think this is wrong, I stop short of sympathy for Marty. Why? Because the Church is acting exactly the way founder L. Ron Hubbard directed them to. And L. Ron Hubbard is the man that Marty holds up as his ideal.

This is usually the point where I quote policy proving that the Church is just doing what Hubbard said, and put paid to Marty’s constant and continuous lie that David Miscavige is the root of all of the Church’s evils. But is that really necessary? Any devoted Scientologist will tell you that Scientology is all about doing what LRH said. Furthermore, public issuances, such as the web site, have to go through a process called IA, which stands for Issue Authority. They must be checked for exact adherence to LRH tech and Church policy before they can see the light of day. Marty may try to blame this sort of bullshit on Miscavige, but the truth is that the Church is acting in accordance with Scientology scripture. (Lucky for Marty, most of his customers are public Scientologists who aren’t familiar with the “Admin Tech.”)

And let’s not forget that the Church has been doing this sort of thing for decades. Once again, I will ask why Mike and Marty did not try to put a stop to this sort of thing when they held positions of authority in the Church? The answer is simple and self-evident: Because this is what L. Ron Hubbard said to do. Marty Rathbun and Mike Rinder know that. And just like any good Scientologist, Church-going or Independent, they always do exactly what L. Ron Hubbard says. Best yet, they don’t have to tell their customers/followers the truth, because LRH said that one should tell an “acceptable truth” (i.e. a lie) for public relations purposes.

This is why I have absolutely no sympathy for Marty Rathbun. You reap what you sow, Marty. If you had truly left Scientology – if you spoke out against the true source of Scientology’s crimes, like Jesse Prince does – I might feel differently. But you haven’t, so I don’t. Remember, Marty, the basic cause for the harassment of your brother is YOUR religious philosophy.

By the way, the article also mentions that schizophrenia runs in the Rathbun family, which, it says, “explains a lot of what we are currently witnessing with Marty falling apart and losing his marbles.” This should give you some idea of how ignorant Scientologists are about mental illness. Marty may be a lot of things, but it’s pretty obvious that he’s not schizophrenic. Scientologists won’t realize this, though – and it is with this same level of ignorance and incompetence that they make decisions about the health care of their children. This is just one of the reasons why I maintain that Scientology is exceptionally dangerous.

I am glad that Scott is getting proper care. The article notes that despite being on psychiatric medicine – something Scientologists consider an evil on par with rape and murder – he is “lucid, interesting, intelligent, well-mannered and loving.” If Scott were being cared for by Scientologists, he’d probably be dead like Lisa McPherson. Let’s be frank: Until Marty Rathbun quits Scientology, the further he stays away from his brother Scott, the better.


How Scientology steals from you every day

From the harassment that modern-day protesters and Independent Scientologists now receive, it seems obvious that the Church of Scientology has lost some of its nerve since Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard died. Forty years ago, a Scientologist showed up at Paulette Cooper’s door with flowers and a gun; today they show up with cameras and silly hats. When Hubbard was alive, Scientologists broke into government offices and photocopied files. Today they walk in like everyone else and file lawsuits. I know I’ve said that Miscavige is every bit as evil as Hubbard, but when you look at just how vicious the Church was during Hubbard’s day, you have to wonder.

There’s one big exception: Scientology’s victory over the IRS, which came in 1993. Scientology had been fighting for its tax-exempt status for decades, the war having started in Hubbard’s day. And then all of a sudden, after just one meeting between David Miscavige, Marty Rathbun, and IRS Commissioner Fred Goldberg, the IRS settled with Scientology and dropped its case.

Marty told his side of the story to the St. Petersburg Times, insisting that they “didn’t need blackmail.” According to Marty, the Church agreed to stop its campaign, and that was enough for the IRS.

I’ve never bought into that story. It seems strange that the most tenacious of government agencies would simply give up. I suppose it’s possible they decided there was no way around the definition of Scientology as a religion (even though it clearly operates as a business). But if that’s the case, then why, after decades of fighting, did it take just one meeting with two of Scientology’s leaders to bring them to that realization?

Only three people know what really happened in that meeting. Miscavige won’t talk, for obvious reasons. So far, Goldman hasn’t spilled the beans. The man who we would expect to hear from is the guy who is supposedly exposing the crimes of what he calls “Corporate Scientology.”

And yet Marty doesn’t talk much about the IRS.

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why. Three possibilities:

1) The story we’re hearing is true. After decades of battling Scientology, the IRS suddenly decided, after one meeting with Miscavige and his assistant Rathbun, to turn their back on years of work and expense.

2) Scientology did indeed have some unsavory information about Goldman and/or the IRS, and Marty won’t talk about it for fear of implicating himself.

3) Marty knows that Scientology’s tax-exempt status is fragile and doesn’t want to do anything to endanger it. Marty makes his living selling Scientology services, and now that his wife has quit her day job to help him out, there’s a good chance that both she and Marty are living tax-free.

My vote goes with 2 and 3.

In my opinion, the Scientology protest movement really needs to concentrate on the tax issue. Scientology may be able to fit themselves into the definition of a religion, but let’s not forget that Hubbard started Scientology as a self-help business. He turned it into a religion for one reason and one reason only: So that he could operate above the law.

Every day that Scientology retains its tax-exempt status, they are stealing from us.

Here in California, our education budgets are being mowed down like dead grass. Desperately-needed teachers are being fired and school programs are being slashed to the bone. Meanwhile, Scientology operates some of its largest businesses in California, including the American Saint Hill Organization and Advanced Organization Los Angeles, where they sell some of their most expensive services. And how much of that money are they paying in taxes? Not a dime. Several states as well as the Fed are missing out on MILLIONS of dollars of tax revenue from Scientology. And yet Scientology has no problem using the same government-provided services as the rest of us.

Even Marty himself is driving on publicly-funded roads and spreading his word on the Internet, which itself was born out of a taxpayer-funded Department of Defense project.

It irks me that even though I’ve never paid for a Scientology service, thanks to their tax-exempt status, they practically have their hand in my pocket.

It irks me that Marty, in his supposed effort to expose the crimes of the Church of Scientology, is keeping quiet about their biggest crime of all — the one he, by his own admission, helped pull off.

And it irks me that by having his wife quit her job and join his auditing business, he too may well be reaping the benefit of that crime, dodging his obligation to pay taxes and sucking off the teats of the Federal and Texas state governments while contributing nothing useful to society. (Expansion, my ass.)

Notice that for all the sniping they do at each other, neither the Church nor Marty likes to talk about this issue. They’re unlikely bedfellows. Well… not that unlikely.

The funny thing is, by Hubbard’s own “tech,” not paying taxes is a bad thing. Scientologists believe in the concept of exchange; they say something valuable must be exchanged for something valuable. (That’s their excuse for charging money for their religion.) By driving on public roads, enjoying public parks, and calling the police on his fellow Scientologists, Marty is using taxpayer-funded services for which he may not be paying. (I’d love to know if he uses his tax-exempt status to duck out of paying sales tax.) That’s out-exchange, and according to Hubbard, that’s bad. Well, it’s bad unless you’re Hubbard.

Now, I don’t know for a fact if Marty is using his Scientology home business to duck out of paying income taxes. Even so, I bet if we talked more about this issue, it would make life very uncomfortable for both Marty and the Church. Next time you comment on Marty’s blog, why not ask?