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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.


VV’s Birthday Event story: Marty, you’re doing it wrong

Back when I was working for a secular Admin Tech company, I quickly came to realize that I made a better Scientologist than a lot of the Scientologists I worked with. I may not have believed in LRH’s bullshit, but it when it came to following LRH’s instructions, I had it all over the Kool-Aid drinkers. I was Mister Standard Tech.

Now it’s looking like I may have to take over Marty’s Independent Movement, too.

Marty’s latest blog entry, Ortega Calls Bullshit on Miscavige, is all about the Village Voice’s hilarious coverage of the LRH Birthday Celebration. Except Tony Ortega doesn’t call bullshit on Miscavige – he calls bullshit on Hubbard.

I was about to call Tony’s article “an excellent expose’ of Hubbard’s lies,” but the truth is, Tony doesn’t do much exposing and doesn’t need to. All he has to do is show the videos that feature Hubbard’s own words in his own voice, and it’s crystal clear to your average wog that L. Ron is as full of shit as the men’s room at a prune-eating contest. Tony does an excellent job of letting the facts – or, in Hubbard’s case, the fabrications – speak for themselves.

Now, if I was in the business of selling Scientology, as Marty Rathbun and David Miscavige are, the last thing I would do is link to this article, which is devastating to Hubbard’s credibility. But not Marty! Tony absolutely trashes Marty’s hero, and all Marty can say is “I don’t particularly cotton to Tony’s anti-Scientology tone and joking and degrading digs….”

Jesus, Marty, are you blind and stupid?

I suppose I shouldn’t be pointing this out, as by promoting the article, Marty is doing great harm to the Scientology movement, and that’s what I like to see. But I just can’t stand to watch someone so dedicated do such a lousy job.

I am doing my best to figure out how Marty can possibly see the VV article as damning Miscavige. Marty goes on to finish the sentence I quoted above with “…he has done a splendid job of chronicling the fraud and insanity that pass for Scientology Inc events.”

Is the idea that by showing these clips, which make it obvious that Hubbard is either deluded, a liar, or both, that the Church is somehow harming LRH’s reputation? That’s the best justification I could come up with, and let’s face it, it’s not a very good one. (UPDATE: Yup, that’s it. See below.)

No, it appears that Marty is doing the “Enemy of my enemy” thing. Tony has made the Church’s shit list; they are trying to paint him as an enabler of pimps and human traffickers (the VV takes ads for sexual services in their classified section) and a friend of the squirrels.

“I guess they didn’t want me linking to Tony’s article,” Marty writes. (To which I want to reply, “Well, of course they don’t want you linking to Tony’s article, you fucktard – it makes Hubbard look like a delusional buffoon!”) But Marty doesn’t see that. Instead, he writes, “Too late, and had I seen this infantile OSA statement beforehand, I would have linked earlier.”

Marty, maybe this hasn’t occurred to you, but if people realize Hubbard has no credibility whatsoever, and that he lied about his background and his abilities, THEY WON’T WANT TO BUY SCIENTOLOGY SERVICES FROM YOU, EITHER.

Seriously, Marty, maybe you should turn the whole Independent movement over to me. I may see Scientology as nothing but a fraud, but I’m pretty sure I can do it better than you.

Stay tuned for more – Marty says he’s working on a blog entry that will tell us “why Tony’s work is so skilled and important. I am going to connect some dots on how it evidences that Miscavige is L Ron Hubbard’s worst enemy.”

Marty, as much as I would like to claim the title for myself, L. Ron Hubbard’s worst enemy is… L. Ron Hubbard. For those of us who haven’t deluded ourselves into thinking he’s Mankind’s Greatest Friend, the man all but hangs himself by the balls with every sentence. If I wasn’t so busy being distracted by your antics, I think I could make this blog much better by simply writing about Hubbard’s own policies with blog entries like this one.

If I were you, Marty, I’d a) remove my tongue from Ortega’s rectum and b) forget your revenge fantasies against Miscavige. Better to follow the lead of David Mayo; he built a lot more than you did in a much shorter time. I don’t agree with you making money selling Scientology; you are no better than David Miscavige. But if you’re going to do it, for fuck’s sake, do it right.

UPDATE: Marty tied the whole thing together in a blog entry he just posted, L Ron Hubbard’s Worst Enemy – Part II. After a quick read, it looks like Marty is saying that Hubbard was indeed a bit of a bullshit artist, but that’s okay, and by dragging out these literal stories, Miscavige is trying to make Hubbard look foolish and therefore destroy Scientology. Here’s where you’re getting it wrong, Marty: Scientology is built on Hubbard’s credibility. If Hubbard lied about his Navy record, who is to say he didn’t like about the gains on the OT levels? (Oh wait, he did.) More soon.


Do the upper OT levels cause cancer?

A quick quote from Marty’s latest testimonial, this one from forty-plus-year Scientologist Phil Bruemmer:

“I have also become aware of an inordinate number of persons on, or completed on, OT VII/VIII who have lost their bodies due to cancer.

“In 1989 I lost a wife to cancer. She was a Class VIII C/S who was bogged on VII for years. Apparently, there was no tech to debug her (or no one cared) and she later got cancer, suffered for a number of years and finally dropped the body.

“There were some others who got cancer at that time and I have recently learned there have been many more, even in recent times. It makes it seem the tech not only does not work, but that its unworkability is extremely hazardous.

“I do not believe for one moment that LRH would release a tech which was so dangerous. I can only conclude that the original LRH materials were altered.”

Okay, got that? OT7 and OT8, if not properly applied, cause cancer.

It couldn’t have anything to do with the fact that so many Scientologists smoke like chimneys? Or that LRH famously said that “not smoking enough will cause cancer“?

Now, I’m not just posting this to make fun of a Scientologist for his ridiculous medical beliefs. (Okay, maybe that’s a little bit of the reason I’m posting it.)

I’m posting it because it amazes me that a sixty year old man, living in 21st century Europe, could be so ignorant about the cause of disease.

I’m posting it because it is a reminder of one of the true dangers of Scientology – the fact that perfectly sensible adults make terrible decisions that affect their lives, and they make these decisions because they unquestioningly follow everything said by L. Ron Hubbard, a man proven to be an uneducated, ignorant, power-hungry scam artist.

I’m posting this because it answers all those LRH apologists who say “Well, so what if Hubbard was a bit of a scumbag? There’s still value in his teachings.”

How many of those cancer-stricken OT7s and OT8s would be alive today were they not Scientologists, and had they been following the advice of real doctors (and following societal norms) rather than, as one Scientologist I know so blatantly put it, “doing whatever L. Ron Hubbard says”?

A lot of people, even the Wise Beard Man Mark Bunker himself, have defended Freezoners, Independents and Marty himself, saying that they have no problem with Scientology as long as the practices aren’t abusive. Well, I say the abuses are right there in LRH’s teachings, and here is yet more proof.

Remember, Scientologists genuinely believe this shit. “Doctor” Hubbard said that what really causes people to get sick is being surrounded by negative people. So it’s easy to see how a dedicated Scientologist could draw such a ridiculous conclusion about the link between the upper OT levels and cancer. (They seem to ignore the fact that LRH said reading the OT3 material would cause death by pneumonia. Dunno about you, but Caliwog is pneumonia-free.)

Dissatisfied Scientologists think the reason OT7 and OT8 don’t give them the gains they were promised is that the levels aren’t being properly delivered by the Church. Hell, if I invested hundreds of thousands of dollars and the best years of my life, I’d want someone to blame, too.

Those of us on the outside know that the OT levels don’t work because they are sci-fi bullshit, and that Phil’s wife is most likely dead because she didn’t get proper medical treatment in time.

And yet, forty years of life-experience and one dead wife later, poor ol’ Phil still thinks that DM killed his wife by altering the tech. It’s hard not to feel sorry for the guy.

It’s also hard not to get angry when you realize that such shocking ignorance runs rampant throughout Scientology.

And it’s really hard not to resent Marty Rathbun for wanting to squeeze a few more dollars out of these people before they realize that all of Scientology, not just the Church, is a scam. If Marty didn’t have his well-publicized business, isn’t it possible that Phil would be going to his doctor for a thorough check-up rather than going to Texas to pay for more of LRH’s bullshit?

Do people have the right to make stupid decisions that result in their own deaths? Of course they do. But let’s not pretend that independent Scientology is a safe alternative, because it isn’t. ALL of the abuses of Scientology stem, in one way or another, from the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard. People buying the OT levels from Marty are going to make the same poor life decisions as people buying the OT levels from the organized Church. Let’s not forget that – and let’s not keep quiet about it.


One other thing…

A quick update to yesterday’s post

I was poking around the Church of Scientology’s Religious Freedom Watch site, and came across their page about Ted Patrick. Some of the verbiage is familiar — they are the exact same words as Heber Jentzsch used about Ted Patrick in this famous KFI radio interview. Not similar – the same.

And isn’t Heber Jentzsch the guy that Marty and his independents hold up as the Greatest Scientologist Ever? (Even if Marry exaggerated his disappearance, a lie that seems to have persisted and made it into one of the Villiage Voice’s stories.)

Anyway, this isn’t any big deal; L. Ron Hubbard redefined the concept of understanding by substituting the word “duplication.” Learning in Scientology doesn’t involve grasping a concept so much as learning whatever shit LRH (or your Scn betters) wrote by rote. So it’s common to see the same words popping up from difference Scientology sources.

Still, I thought this was interesting – the same words coming from Heber (who Marty called “one of the most special people I have met and worked with”) and RFW’s Joel Philips (per Marty, a “little rat OSA operative” who is ignoring “his obligation to take down his OSA propaganda designed to destroy a number of people”).


A Caliwog prediction comes true

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?


Sheila Huber: Must-See YT

If you havent’ seen Sheila Huber’s video interviews, you must, must, must watch them. There is nothing more educational for Scientology protesters than the tesimony of former Scientologists who are actually former Scientologists — not just those who have traded the David Miscavige for Marty Rathbun or the Free Zone.

In Part 1, Sheila tells us how she wound up in Scientology and the Sea Org, despite a fair amount of skepticism. Keep in mind, she got into the Church in the early 80s, before LRH died and Miscatige took over.

Part 2 tells about how Shiela got out of the Sea Org — including how they used her only son as a pawn to keep her going with the program.

There are four more segment of Ms. Huber’s video; search YouTube for Sheila Huber and you’ll find them. Watch and learn, and think carefully when you hear people say that aside from Miscavige’s beatings and the endless pursuit of money, Scientology is just a harmless religion.


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.


Top Ten Posts of 2011

I have a couple of new posts in the works, but for now, I thought I’d steal an idea from Marty and list the ten posts you visited most in 2011. (This excludes the Censored by Marty section.) Here they are, starting with the most popular:

  1. How Scientology works: Re-stating the obvious
  2. Omitted by Marty: Heber is alive and well
  3. The Big Lie
  4. Why Mark Bunker is wrong
  5. The rift is open
  6. Aaron Saxton: More on Tory and Marty
  7. Mosey: Let’s talk about KSW
  8. Dark Ride
  9. Marty vs. Mayo
  10. All aboard the hypocrisy express!

Enjoy, and I’ll talk to you in the New Year.


How Scientology works: Re-stating the obvious

The other day, Mike Rinder posted an entry on Marty’s blog that gives a great illustration of the Scientology mind-set.

Mike posted a passage from LRH called “Invalidation.” In it, Hubbard basically says that people with dominating personalities either demand that others do what they say as a condition of a continued relationship, or belittle others in order to increase their perceived importance.

Except, in typical Hubbard fashion, what I’ve explained in one sentence, he stretches to well over five hundred words. And Scientologists confuse this verbosity for intelligence.

The concept Hubbard presents is not earth-shattering. It’s the basis of abusive relationships. (In fact, it’s the basis of Hubbard’s relationship with his Scientology followers – that man is weighed down, and that without Hubbard’s help, they can’t get out of the morass.) I’m sure that most of you, like me, have understood the basic concept since they were in their teens or twenties.

But Scientologists take this restatement of common sense as proof of Hubbard’s brilliance.

How does this happen? I have a theory, and it stems from the fact that the most ardent Scientologists are those that are born into the religion or are attracted to it in their teens or twenties – the time of life when we really start to figure life out. While us wogs are out experiencing life and learning these lessons first-hand, Scientologists are encouraged to turn inwards, reading LRH’s writings, listening to LRH’s lectures, and surrounding themselves with people who feel the same way.

We’ve all had “a-hah!” moments when we figure things out – when we suddenly realize, for example, that our dominating parent or partner was belittling us to make themselves seem more important, because in fact they have low self-images and feel that any importance they have must be manufactured. Maybe we figured it out on our own or maybe it was pointed out to us. It’s called an epiphany; Scientologists call it a “cog” or “cognition.” On the outside, we generally credit these epiphanies to our own understanding. Scientologists credit their “cogs” to the “technology” of LRH.

No wonder Scientologists think LRH is brilliant – and no wonder it’s so easy for the rest of us to see that he was a man of average intelligence at best.

Remember, Scientology preys on those who are looking for answers. Scientology’s streetside Personality Tests and slick TV ads are meant to ensnare those who are seeking out truths. Ever notice how few people become Scientologists in their 40s or 50s, and how those who dabble in it tend to drift away? That’s no coincidence. Scientology is designed to latch on to the needy. Inside LRH’s “Admin Tech” you’ll find LRH’s simple marketing philosophy: Do market research to find out what people want and then write ads promising them the answers.

Do you see the sense of what I’m saying? Of course you do, and there’s a reason for that: Most of you are either not Scientologists, or ex-Scios who have figured out how the scam works. It’s an easy leap for us, but nearly impossible to fathom for those who are still “in” – and by “in” I don’t mean “in the Church of Scientology,” but rather “in the Scientology mind-set.” People like Mike Rinder and Marty Rathbun actually do read essays like “Invalidation” and believe that Hubbard has some unusual insight into life. And when there’s a coincidence – like Hubbard’s first question dealing with height – they say things like Mike did: “Oh, how prescient LRH is.” (Note the use of present tense.) They really do believe this.

How do you explain this to a Scientologist? I’ve tried, pointing out to Scientology friends that much of LRH’s tech is just common sense and life experience. Their answer? “Yes, but nobody ever dived into it to the depth that LRH did.” In other words, no one else could be bothered to stretch one sentence into five hundred words. It’s enough to make you bang your head against the wall. If anyone has had any success explaining this to Scientologists, or if you’re an ex who cares to share how you figured it out, by all means, comment away.

The sad part is that Hubbard treats his followers just as he says in this essay: He explains everything and invalidates their ability to discover these things on our own. So sad, because figuring out life is half the fun of living, don’t you think?


What’s happening in Germany?

I know a lot of you avoid Marty’s blog, but you really ought to check out his September 3rd entry, Germany, Europe and Human Rights — including the three videos.

The whole post is both entertaining and troubling. Entertaining, because it’s fun to watch Scientologists spar on camera. Actually, the Squirrel Busters come off looking pretty good in this one – they ask a very reasonable question, namely who is paying for Marty’s trip to Germany, and Marty won’t answer. Way to give them ammunition, Marty ol’ pal. (I know, I know – the fact that I’m bringing this up will be used as proof that I’m OSA.)

For the few of you unfamiliar, Scientology has been under deep scrutiny in Germany. Wikipedia has a good description of the situation. Basically, Germany has all but banned Scientology, saying, correctly, that it’s a business, not a religion. They also are concern about Hubbard’s vision of a utopian society in which those who do not comply are dispatched “quietly and without sorrow.” Germany has some experience with that sort of thing, so they are understandably cautious.

From what I can surmise, Marty plans to take his Hubbard-whitewashing show on the road, and will attempt to convince people that the evils of Scientology are due to Miscavige, not Hubbard. I don’t think this will go over as well as Marty thinks it does; after all, the initial German investigations were based on Hubbard’s own writings, and I’ve found that most of Marty’s lies about Scientology can be disproved by Hubbard’s own writings. Surely the Germans will see through them. Still, I can’t help but worry a bit. It’s in my nature. And that’s the troubling part.

I was wondering if the Wise Beard Man would chime in on this, and he did, re-posting Marty’s videos (although I don’t think the Squirrel Busters come off quite as bad as he says. Standing in front of their camera, talking over Rich’s speech, he comes across being just as childish and petty as they are. WBM also posted the video where Rathbun sprays the Squirrel Busters with a garden hose. Way to give the Squirrel Buster Rich credibility, Marty, especially when he talks about your “complsive, self-destructive and psychotic behavior” [Part 2, 7:30]). But in Part 3, Mosey comes to the rescue and finally starts making some sense.

Ah, Mosey… I think I am falling in love with that woman. (Don’t tell Mrs. Caliwog.) Although I do wish Marty would let her read Paulette Cooper’s book The Scandal of Scientology – available online for free – so she could see that Scientology was sending people to the poorhouse long before Miscavige came to power.

Anyway, I was surprised at the way Marty seems to take a swipe at some of WBM’s (and Anonymous’) friends. Like this part, which starts out as an attack on others competing with Marty for Scientology customers:

“Just look for the 1.1s using the safe Independent Scientology space we are creating to promote such practices as no-training-needed to get onto OT levels, ‘OT I and OT II are of little importance’: especially coming from ‘Class VIIIs’, ‘Class VIs’ and folks claiming to be ‘trained by Ron.’ They may as well be saying ‘Scientology is a fraud, because after all I studied it all, and violently disagree with the Bridge created by Ron.’ Think about it. Beware of anyone who has ‘studied it all’ and discourages you from doing the same.” — Marty Rathbun

Uh-oh. Those last three sentences sound an awful lot like Tory Christman, Jason Beghe, and Jesse Prince – three heroes of mine who achieved high levels in Scientology and then came out publicly to say that Scientology is a scam and Hubbard was full of shit.

Marty goes on to say:

“We never lose sight of the mountain and always have the broader, longer view in mind and keep long-term projects advancing.” — MR

That’s good, because it’s the long-term view that I think Germany is concerned about: Hubbard’s vision of “A world without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper.” That all sounds well and good, until you remember what LRH said about dispatching the undesireables “quietly and without sorrow” – or, as Tom Cruise told us, how SPs (suppressive persons, those who dare speak out against Scientology) will be “something you just read about in the history books.”