Ghost in the house

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“So, I feel responsible for having played a major role in developing a criminal organization. It was not a criminal organization at the outstart. It was an organization that had the power, the spiritual power, to reform the criminal. And this is what you have to understand. As long as that strong spiritual power was in the movement, it gave the moral strength to the believer that would enable him to rise above all his negative tendencies. I know, because I went into the movement with more negative tendencies than anybody in the movement. And just faith in what I was taught made it possible for me to stop doing anything that I was doing and everything that I was doing. And I saw thousands of brothers and sisters come in who were in the same condition. And then whatever they were doing, they would stop it overnight, just through faith and faith alone. And by this spiritual force, giving one the faith that enabled one to exercise some moral discipline, it became an organization that was to be respected as well as feared.

“But as soon as the faith in the movement, the faith in the minds of the people in the movement was destroyed, now it has become a movement that’s organized but not on a spiritual basis. And because there is no spiritual ingredient within the organization, there’s no moral discipline. For it now consists of brothers and sisters who were once well meaning, but now who do not have the strength to discipline themselves. So they permit themselves to be used as a machine for a man who, as I say, has gone senile and is using them now to commit murder, acts of maiming and crippling other people.

“I know there’s a brother sitting in here right now, tonight, who was beaten by them a couple of years ago — I’m not going to say. He knows. And if anybody should apologize to him, I should apologize to him. And I do apologize to him. Because he was beaten by the movement when I was in the movement, and I wasn’t too far from him when he got beaten.
“But this is what happens and this is what we have to contend with.  I, for one, disassociate myself from the movement completely. ”


–  Malcolm X February 15, 1965 at the Audubon in Harlem.

NOTE: The Autobiography of Malcolm X has been added to the Recommended Reading section of this blog – just after Frederick Douglass.

11 responses to “Ghost in the house

  1. Wow.

    Amazing how the story is repeated over and over on a lot of movements.

    I say that the trap is when the follower sees something wrong and thinks (rationalize) that it should be a reason for that. A reason that he, as a layman or as a junior follower, is not yet up to understand.

    Truth is truth. By qualification of the observer; not any external evaluation point.

    This scientology scene is going to change as sure as the sun is going to go out tomorrow.
    As the drop of water that takes many years to penetrate a rock…
    …finally the unstopable force moves the “irremovable” object.
    A matter of force versus force+intelligence.
    (A sumo fight is a good example of it).

  2. George Santayana:

    ” Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

  3. Wow, the parallel at work is very interesting.

  4. Wow Marty, phenomenal quote … incredible … that is you, it’s your story. Had you not quoted it, but said it as your own, as a friend, I would have recognized it as your story, why you are doing what you are doing. What a glimpse into your driving spirit.

    It is also the story of many of us … the good, both real and falsely presented, that caused us to want to join Scientology, staff, and the Sea Org has been corrupted into something very sinister. The idea of being able to help our fellow man, to help those in need, to help our friends and family is powerful if not addictive to some of us. When the evidence becomes obvious that our good intentions were being manipulated to help a regime and harm the many, we must stand up and take note.

    From the US Declaration of Independence.


    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.


    Both your quote and the above resonate that those with the ability to do something about it must do something about it.

    They are the story of both people attempting to end human rights violations in the church, and the independent scientologist movement who want the freedom to utilize those parts of Scientology they feel can help themselves, their families, their friends. They want to live their lives in freedom of choice in friends and thought, not be extorted into bankruptcy though having to buy falsely packaged unattainable spiritual salvation from a parasitic and materialistic tyranny.

    I believe the above can not but inspire those who can see and have the ability to do something, to actually do it … as you, Devo, Amy and Rinder, Steve Hall, Jeff Hawkins and all the rest are doing.

    Because of the wealth available to your foe, you can not but hold cards close to your chest, working closely with trusted friends that have the same aims in mind.

  5. These quotes from Malcolm X are testament to his Code of Honor. His integrity was more important than his immediate life.

    He spoke the truth he observed, with such insight, and provided it for the future, and despite expense to his present.

    That’s inspiration to all who today face similar circumstances. That’s the living legacy of a man of integrity.

  6. Bixbear (aka Jason Beghe)

    a lot.
    for everything…..

  7. Soderqvist1: there was another Freedom Fighter pretty unknown today, but who firmly stood for Man’s freedom, and his name was Jack Parsons, (Frater Belarion 210). He was an extraordinary individual, because he was a scientist at days, and an occultist at nights, and he has met L. Ron Hubbard after the WW2, they seems to have departed ways afterwards, because of some disagreement regarding some venture (The Allied Enterprise), and some Girl named Betty! I have read his book; Freedom is a Two-Edged Sword, and even found an abbreviated version online!
    There are also some pertinent quotes from Hubbard’s Affirmations which can elucidated the story a little!

    Course 1
    d. Any distaste I may have for Jack Parsons originated in a psychic experiment. Such distaste is foolish. He is my friend and comrade-in-arms.

    M. That I have only friendship for Jack Parsons.

    The Book
    Jack is also an adept. You love and respect him as a friend. He cannot take offense at what you do. You will not wrong him because you love him.

    A Piece of Blue Sky his magickal Career
    Technical Bulletins of Dianetics & Scientology, vol. 3, p. 31
    One chap by the way, gave us solid fuel rockets and assist take-offs for airplanes too heavily loaded, and all the rest of this rocketry panorama, and who [sic] formed Aero jet in California and so on. The late Jack Parsons… was not a chemist, the way we think of chemists. . . . He eventually became quite a man.

    Soderqvist1: so let’s see what Ron’s Comrade-in-arms has to say?

    Freedom is a Two-Edged Sword Chapter 1.
    For numberless centuries society accepted the proposition that certain men were created to be slaves. Their natural function was to serve priests, kings and nobles, men of substance and property who were appointed slave-masters by almighty God. Against this doctrine, some two hundred years ago, rose the most astonishing heresy the world has yet seen; the principle of liberalism. In essence this principle stated that all men are created equal and endowed with inalienable rights, which belong to every man as his birthright.

    It seems necessary to redefine Freedom in the terms understood by Voltaire, Paine, Washington, Jefferson and Emerson. Freedom is a two-edged sword of which one edge is liberty and the other, responsibility. Both edges are exceedingly sharp and the weapon is not suited to casual, cowardly or treacherous hands. No man, no group and no nation has the right to any man’s individual freedom. No matter how pure the motive, how great the emergency, how high the principle, such action is tyranny and is never justified. These rights must be counterbalanced by certain responsibilities. The liberal accepting them must guarantee these rights to all others at all times, regardless of his personal feelings or interests.

    The Creeds And Codes of Scientology We of the Church believe:
    That all men of whatever race, color or creed were created with equal rights; That all men have inalienable rights to their own lives;
    That the souls of men have the rights of men; And we of the Church believe that the laws of God forbid man: To destroy or enslave another’s soul;

    Soderqvist1: The Chapter by Jon Atack as linked to earlier also claim this “To Crowley, Babalon was a manifestation of the Hindu goddess Shakti, who in one of her aspects is also called the “destroyer of man.” Let’s see what Parsons has to say about the “destroyer of man”?

    Endnote by Frater Belarion (Jack Parsons)
    Somewhere in the world today there is a woman for whom the Sword is forged. Somewhere there is one who has heard the trumpets of the New Age and who will respond. She will respond, this new woman, to the high clamor of those sar-trumpets; she will come as a perilous flame and a devious song, a voice in the judgement halls, a banner before armies. She will come girt with the Sword of Freedom. Before her, kings and priests will tremble, cities and empires will fall, and she will be called BABALON, The Scarlet Woman.

    She will be lustful and proud, subtle and deadly forthright and invincible as a naked blade. Women will respond to her war cry, throwing off their chains, men will respond to her challenge, forsaking foolish ways. She will shine as the ruddy Evening Star in the lurid sunset of Gotterdamerung. She will shine again as a Morning Star when the night has passed and a new dawn breaks over the garden of Pan. To you, oh unknown woman, is The Sword of Freedom pledged.

    Soderqvist1: Jack Parsons was a ladies man and his poetry is beautiful!

  8. That’s Malcom X after his pilgrimage to Makkah (Hajj). He saw, for the first time, how the Nation of Islam corrupted the true mission and vision of Islam and how Elijah Muhammed was corrupted by the power he wielded. His split from the NoI facilitated a mass exodus by people just a deceived and disenfranchised as he was.

    The parallels and implications between his story and yours, Marty, is frightening.

    There are also parallels in how blacks view American society as well. Malcom, Martin, Douglass and Rodgers saw a DM in every corner of America. Sometimes he had a badge, sometimes a uniform, sometimes a suit, but they were all using the ideal of America to further or enforce their own vision of America. Those that didn’t conform were excluded, beaten, humiliated or killed. This was done under the guise of law and justice against those labeled as subversive. This is no different from what Hitler and Joe McCarthy did last century.

    I’m not a Scientologist – though the church I used to belong obtained some of the tech and wrapped it up in the Bible – but I think I am seeing a pogrom happen against those that adhere to the writings of LRH and those that are caught in the DM cult of personality. I can’t help to think that sometime in the near future all of you guys are going to be in court or in the Senate testifying.

  9. martyrathbun09

    Yes parallels, but Malcolm had it much worse than we ever did. He was shot dead in cold blood – in front of his wife and little girls – five days after that very address I quoted from. Since you’ve studied this history, what do you make of DM’s trolls labeling me “hypocrite”?

  10. Amazing to come back and check some old postings.

    Keep Bangin as puff daddy said to biggie.

    Keep banging

  11. I love this post … very much.

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