Reading Marty Rathbun’s Memoirs of a Scientology Warrior reminded me of why I started this blog in the first place.
Having never met Rathbun personally but having commented on his blog Moving Up a Little Bit Higher under the handle “RJ” sometime in the past when he first started it there seemed to be a conviction on his part to reform the current Scientology Organization.
Back then Marty was known as the “Martin Luther of Scientology” and effectively started his own cult of personality mostly due to the fact that he was once David Miscavige’s right hand man and in many cases his eminence gris as the Inspector General of the Religious Technology Center.
Anyway to make a tediously long story short I had the audacity to question his infinite wisdom and was kicked out of his cult. I guess for not be servile enough and not accepting what he said as some kind of holy writ.
This has happened a number of times when involved in a debate with former Sea Organization executives who lived in the insulated bubble known as “Int Base”.
One could call it a “cult” within a “cult”. If one was referring to the Church of Scientology as a cult.
Personally I think the Church of Scientology gradually became a cult beginning sometime in the early eighties when the Commodore’s Messengers Org assumed full control of the Organization as covered in my earlier article on Shadow Management.
Something that seemed to be supported at the time by L Ron Hubbard personally when he recorded RJ-38.
But things are not always what they seem and to me it is doubtful that Hubbard would have approved many of the actions taken by the “clean team” as he called them if he’d actually had all the facts.
True my own personal opinion but one based on actual extant policies at the time that Hubbard had personally written.
The fact is Hubbard had pretty much moved off Scientology command and control lines in 1981 after his wife Mary Sue Hubbard and ten other Guardian’s Office staff were convicted of Conspiracy which named L Ron Hubbard as an unindicted co-conspirator and had moved off directly involving himself with the management of the Church.
As Rathbun says:
I learned that the Commodore’s Messenger Org (CMO) was getting more and more involved with management of the church. They were trying to take the job of management off of LRH’s plate, so he could concentrate on his films, and developing new technology. I would later learn there was a necessity for that withdrawal from direct control because of the complications of the FBI raids connected with his wife’s GO operations.
About the time I arrived, LRH had begun to isolate himself from direct contact with any senior management personnel of the church – both the administrators of the Guardian’s Office, which handled all external-facing affairs (legal, public relations, etc.) and the administrators of the Sea Organization who managed all other aspects of church operations. I would later learn that Hubbard had recently recovered from an illness that had nearly taken his life earlier that year.
Rathbun, Mark (2013-05-28). Memoirs of a Scientology Warrior (Kindle Locations 2303-2310). Amazon Books. Kindle Edition.
Yet then he contradicts himself that Hubbard was the source of various “secret” orders. One allegedly ordering the CMO to depose Mary Sue Hubbard as the Controller of Scientology which basically contradicts what Miscavige said about the event in the article The Man Behind Scientology where he says:
It took five months for word of her resignation to reach her secluded husband, Scientology says. In a sworn statement two years later, Hubbard said of his wife: “Although we are presently apart, we remain husband and wife.”
A statement that Rathbun could have corrected at the time as he participated in the original interview with Miscavige along with Mike Rinder who himself would eventually leave the Church.
Much of the book alludes to these various “secret orders” that Hubbard allegedly wrote. Even citing the occasional quote but not giving the exact date and title of any of these alleged “orders”.
Thus we come to what I consider the problem with various first hand accounts that claim Hubbard said this and Hubbard said that yet not directly citing the actual dispatch or order and giving the precise date when he ordered it.
It gets even worse in many cases when one of these as they are factiously called “History Makers” by one researcher is nailed down for specifics about an event like Hubbard’s time in Morocco.
On many occasions anyone who questions these so called “History Makers” on any of these events by asking for actual verification of what they say is true as per the above is usually attacked ad hominem.
Therefore it is easy to see how Scientology became a cult when the word of a high level Sea Organization member is to be accepted without question even if it defies what is considered Scientology’s scriptures.
That said. The fact is that for interesting historical background of events which occurred during and following the Church of Scientology’s changing of the guard. I would recommend Rathbun’s book. Though I’d take what he says with more then a grain of salt.
Maybe a shaker full.