What is Freedom?

Reading some MLK this morning, which has become my habit on the day designated to acknowledge the man and his work, I came across some material you might find useful.

Martin Luther King arrested

On the mechanics of suppression and how it denies an individual the power of choice, MLK from What Is Freedom?, The Ethical Demands for Integration:

What is Freedom?  It is, first, the capacity to deliberate or weigh alternatives. “Shall I be a teacher or a lawyer?”  “Shall I vote for this candidate or the other candidate?” “Shall I be a Democrat, Republican or Socialist?”   Second, freedom expresses itself in decision.  The word decision like the word incision involves the image of cutting. Incision means to cut in, decision means to cut off . When I make a decision I cut off alternatives and make a choice.  The existentialists say we must choose, that we are choosing animals; and if we do not choose we sink into thinghood and the mass mind. A third expression of freedom is responsibility.  This is the obligation of the person to respond if he is questioned about his decisions.  No one else can respond for him.  He alone must respond, for his acts are determineed by the centered totality of his being.

From this analysis we can clearly see the evilness of segregation.  It cuts off one’s capacity to deliberate, decide and respond.  The absence of freedom is the imposition of restraint on my deliberation as to what I shall do, where I shall live, how much I shall earn, the kind of tasks I shall pursue.  I am robbed of the basic quality of man-ness. When I cannot choose what I shall do or where I shall live or how I shall survive, it means in fact that someone or some system has already made these a priori decision for me, and I am reduced to an animal. I do not live; I merely exist. The only resemblances I have to real life are the motor responses and functions that are akin to humankind. I cannot adequately assume responsibility as a person because I have been made a party to a decision in which I played no part in making.

Now to be sure, this is hyperbole in some degree but only to underscore what actually happens when a man is robbed of his freedom. The very nature of his life is altered and his being cannot make the full circle of personhood because that which is basic to the character of life itself has been diminished.”

On confronting the evil of suppression, MLK from Stride Toward Freedom:

As I thought further I came to see that what we were really doing was withdrawing our cooperation from an evil system, rather than merely withdrawing our economic support from the bus company. The bus company, being an external expression of the system, would naturally suffer, but the basic aim was to refuse to cooperate with evil. At this point I began to think about Thoreau’s Essay on Civil Disobedience.  I remembered how, as a college student, I had been moved when I first read this work. I became convinced that what we were preparing to do in Montgomery was related to what Thoreau had expressed. We were simply saying to the white community, “We can no longer lend our cooperation to an evil system.”

Something began to say to me, “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetuate  it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”   When oppressed people willingly accept their oppression  they only serve  to give the oppressor a convenient justification for his acts.  Often the oppressor goes along unaware of the evil involved in his oppression so long as the oppressed accepts it. So in ordered to be true to one’s conscience and true to God, a righteous man has no alternative but to refuse to cooperate with an evil system.  This I felt was the nature of our action…”

Finally, while reading the following passage,  it occurred to me that we are blessed to have a number of Mother Pollards among us.  Why it tends  to be women who demonstrate this intuitive strength, I do not know.  But, it does so happen to be that way.  This is in acknowledgment to each of you; and no doubt you will know who you are when you read it. MLK from The Strength of Love:

One of the most dedicated participants in the bus protest in Montgomery, Alabama was an elderly Negro whom we affectionately called Mother Pollard. Although poverty stricken and uneducated, she was amazingly intelligent and possessed a deep understanding of the meaning of the movement.  After having walked for several weeks, she was asked if she were tired. With ungrammatical profundity, she answered, “My feets is tired, but my soul is rested.”

On a particular Monday evening, following a tension-packed week which included being arrested and receiving numerous threatening telephone calls, I spoke at a mass meeting.  I attempted to convey an overt impression of strength and courage, although inwardly depressed and fear-stricken. At the end of the meeting, Mother Pollard came to the front of the church and said, “Come here, son.”  I  immediately went to her and hugged her affectionately. “Something is wrong with you,” she said. “You didn’t talk strong tonight.”  Seeking further to disguise my fears, I retorted, “Oh, no, Mother Pollard, nothing is wrong. I am feeling as fine as ever.”  But her insight was discerning. “Now you can’t fool me,” she said.  “I knows something is wrong. Is it that we ain’t doing things to please you?  Or is it that the white folks is bothering you?”  Before I could respond, she looked directly into my eyes and said, “I don told you we is with you all the way.”  Then her face became radiant and she said in words of quiet certainty, “But even if we ain’t with you, God’s gonna take care of you.”  As she spoke these consoling words, everything in me quivered and quickened with the pulsing tremor of raw energy.

Since that dreary night in 1956, Mother Pollard has passed on to glory and I have known very few quiet days. I have been tortured without and tormented within by the raging fires of tribulation. I have been forced to muster what strength and courage I have to withstand howling winds of pain and jostling storms of adversity. But as the years have unfolded the eloquently simple words of Mother Pollard have come back again and again to give light and peace and guidance to my troubled soul.  “God’s gonna take care of you.”

This faith transforms the whirlwind of despair into a warm and reviving breeze of hope.  The words of a motto which a generation ago were commonly found on the walls in the homes of devout persons need to be etched on our hearts:

                    Fear knocked at the door.

                   Faith answered.

                  There was no one there.


82 responses to “What is Freedom?

  1. Wow, beautiful…thank you for sharing!



  2. Wow Marty,
    Beautiful. Read with awe.
    Posted to my blog and you have been tweeted properly!

    Much Love,

  3. Warm and fuzzy inside.

  4. Tony DePhillips

    Very touching writings.

  5. Floating Needle

    “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetuate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” MLK

    AKA “Tacit Consent.”

    This answers the point of so many “OT’s” who say “Oh, there are so many other things to fight, like human trafficking, kids hooked on drugs, etc. why bother to bring attention to COS faults.”

    Why the above paragraph are concerns, they are not in my universe to any large degree. In other words, these problems are not closely connected to me.

    However, what COS is doing by way of OSA to families, critics and SO members and parishioners both in and out is appalling, is in my face and therefore, I must NOT give my consent by remaining silent.

    Many of us have given tacit consent until we realized that this scene was headed in the wrong direction. Now we must wake up our brethren in the same way we came to a realization.

    If each of us just took the time to help one individual, we would double our numbers very rapidly. But, it is a process to realize you have been a part of the evil and it takes time to come to grips with your involvement.

    Most of us, while still in COS, didn’t know the extent that OSA would go to to harm people. It takes time to realize by being a part of COS, you are a part of OSA.

    But once you realize this, your freedom is regained and the shadows of doubt disappear. That nagging feeling of “something just ‘ain’t right” quietly diminishes and you start to feel a little more free with each passing truth you are able to assimilate.

    There is no greater joy for me than to help a fellow Scientologist realize this, (2 this month) and, you start to experience true freedom despite the freedom haters known as OSA.

    “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” MLK

    Make a New Years resolution to let every friend you have involved in COS know the truth, know the history and know where you stand.

    You owe it to yourself to live freely to speak your mind… I believe LRH would want it no other way.


  6. In the end FREEDOM always WINS!!!

    The C of S is in BIG trouble as they have way to many can”t do this, can’t read this, can’t talk to this person, can’t go on the internet, can’t read that book.

    Anyone who is or was a Scientologist KNOWS exactly what i mean!

    Let FREEDOM ring and start speaking out, speaking up and tell your friends and family who are still drinking the kool-aid to start looking.

    It’s quite an unraveling process from the SCN group, they get you every which way if you allow it. They are professional con men and con women.

    Avoid current SCN like the plagued, they stifle you emotionally, spiritually and physically. Let FREEDOM ring and LEAVE SCN, NOW!!!!!

  7. That was a beautiful moving piece of writing. Very applicable on this day and again at this time. Thank you for sharing it.

  8. “The freedom of an individual depends upon that individual’s freedom to alter his considerations of space, energy, time and life and his roles in it. If he cannot change his mind about these, he is then fixed and enslaved amidst barriers such as those of the physical universe, and barriers of his own creation. Man thus is seen to be enslaved by barriers of his own creation. He creates these barriers himself, or by agreeing with things which hold these barriers to be actual.”

    L. Ron Hubbard

  9. FN, Beautiful and well said. Love

  10. FN,
    Gonna respond to your post if not only because it stirred up such strong emotions in me.
    I had stopped trying to communicate with old friends on the inside.
    I have to say that having close friends I’ve known for the better part of this lifetime either turn on me viciously, disconnect or choose thier own comfort over doing the right thing over the last year was utterly SOUL DESTROYING.
    But you’re right.
    We need to push on and continue to help our friends despite any reasons to stop or any personal discomfort.
    I wrote in an earlier blog of ‘us’ and ‘them’.
    Regardless of their current actions, many of those ‘still inside’ are GOOD PEOPLE. We need to do all we can to help them because they are a part of our own dynamics and we will never acheive personal freedom while are friends are still trapped.

    “You owe it to yourself to live freely to speak your mind… I believe LRH would want it no other way.”

    THANK YOU for the correct indication.

    I’ve emailed those remaining people whose ARC I did not want to ‘lose’.
    I wanted you to know that your post had a profound effect on me and rehabilitated my ability to to remain exterior to the immediate effects of putting order into chaos (merely confusion blowing off).

    ‘It will all come out alright’ 🙂

  11. Marty – thank you for sharing this. Really wonderful. One of my all-time favorite MLK quotes (which I also quoted in my book, SCIENTOLOGY – ABUSE AT THE TOP) is,

    “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

  12. Theo Sismanides

    Marty, we have quite some black community now in Athens, Greece. I can feel the segregation and how it is for them. I am a friend of them. As a matter of fact I have many black friends, from Nigeria, Ethiopia, Guinea, you name it. There are thousands of them in Athens now. The Greeks don’t know what to do with them anymore. However, they are actually outgoing and friendly, OK, a little more laid back than the Greeks but a lot of them work hard. Lots are into prostitution and stuff like that but a lot work a decent work and they are very open and friendly and above all, they don’t absorb your mind like a lot of white people do, meaning have less problems and are simple.

    So I can feel for them and the segregation. And if we are Scientologists we do understand the 4th dynamic and the right to freedom.

    And some of their leaders are more open to Scientology than the white leaders even though they are Christians but they appreciate knowledge and the acquiring of.

    To MLK then and his fight for freedom. To LRH who made it possible for us to differentiate between freedom and enslavement through knowing how to know. (Even) To DM who, in his own unique suppressive ways, makes it possible for us to revive the true meaning of freedom and knowledge even in this abnormal and confusing way, and to you, Marty, who keeps the spark alive in all of us. Let those who even now decide to remain silent, decide who they really are and what Scientology really is for the world. One thing though guys: MLK was fighting for freedom for the black community. LRH fought for freedom through the freedom of knowledge not just for the white community. I don’t see Scientology reaching out anymore, rather than just being introverted. You are a decisive point to make this change.

  13. That was a great piece. Meanwhile, I would like to comment on the works of Dr. MLK Jr. and the work that is ahead of us.

    MLK fought for “civil rights”. Has anybody here ever every inquired what the difference is between a “civil right” and an “inalienable right”? A right that is in alienable or unalienable means un-a-lien-able, as in it can’t be liened. The declaration of July 4th, 17776 speaks of “inalienable” rights, including life, liberty, and the persuit of happiness. Other inalienable rights include our right to property, to freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, freedom of speech, of the press, redress of grievances, self defense including unfettered access to the means of self defense, to travel, to be secure in your home, your papers, your possessions, etc.

    Civil rights, on the other hand, are not rights at all but merely a grant of privilege. Civil rights, being privilege, are, in fact, whatever the grantor, in this case govt., says they are and no more.

    The dirty little secret … the original Constitutions of most of the several states of the united States had a requirement that in order to be a Citizen of your state (there was no such thing as a US citizen until the passage of the 14th ammendment in 1868) you had to be white. Following the Civil War, the freed blacks had no status … they were not owned chattel nor were they Citizens of their respective states. They were given, via the 14th ammendment, a second class of citizenship of the federal United States. They were made “US citizens”. They were granted “civil rights”. In otherwords, the federal govt. did not recognize then NOR HAS IT TO THIS DAY recognized that other than whites are endowed of their creator with inalienable rights. Furthermore, in the years following the passage of the 14th ammendment, the govt. has gradually and systematically failed to recognize that ANYONE has inalienable rights.

    Some will say “conspiracy” and there may very well be a conspiracy or conspiracies afoot, but it doesn’t require one. Governmental entities, made up of men and women, are no better than the people that comprise them. People in general and governmental entities in particular tend to aquire and centralize power, never to be relinquished voluntarily. Treating everyone as a “person” with “civil rights” most certainly gives the govt. more power than recognizing Citizens of the several united States with inalienable rights.

    There is one other aspect to all of this … one of our inalienable rights is an inalienable right to contract with others, including government, and this is how we get outselves into trouble. How many of you have birth certificates? No law requires a birth certificate/birth registration. Have you ever looked at the application? You get to sign for your infant son or daughter that he or she is a “US citizen” and a “resident” of the STATE OF …., meaning resident alien and the “STATE OF …. ” in all uppercase is actually a corporate entity of sorts and not underlying state or republic, which would be “_____ State.” When you married, did you obtain a marriage license from the state? A license is a permission to do what you couldn’t otherwise do by right. You don’t have a right to marry???????? Vehicle registration and driver’s licenses are other examples of your agreements with the state whereby you relinquished right in exchange for privilege. Then there is my favorite, the SSN or what I call a socialist slavestate number. According to the Social Security Administration, also known as the slave enumeration bureau, “a Social Security Number is not required to live OR WORK in the United States nor is it required to have just for the sake of having”, but try getting a job in this country without an SSN. Use of that number converts your right to work into the privilege of
    “employment” which is a specifically defined term within the revenue codes, and it is how you incur liability for FICA, federal income tax, state income tax, local income tax, and, pretty soon, Obamacare.

    How does any of that apply here, which is a forum regarding the freedom of Scientologists outside of the Cof$ to the practice of their applied religious philosophy? That gets into the issue of church incorporation. The vast majority of churches in the United States, including the Cof$, have taken 501(c)3 not for profit corporate status and sought a grant of tax “exemption” from the govt. This is a trade of right for privilege, because without taking the incorporated status, a church is an EXCEPTION to the tax codes, meaning not subject to them in the first place, and the tax codes say as much. By begging govt. for an exemption a church becomes the subject of govt. regulation, which effectively muzzles a church from speaking out on any issue that the govt. deems to be political in nature. Most church pastors are in fear of losing their exemption and therefore remain silent on issues they should be speaking out against.

    We are becoming an increasingly less free society, and this is to be expected. Since we tend to operate on “civil rights” with a govt. that refuses to recognize inalienable rights, why should we be suprised when the govt. continues to limit their granted privileges known as “civil rights”?
    As I see it, the work of Dr. MLK Jr. is not complete until the inalienable rights of everyone are recognized.


  14. Your humble servant


    Thank you for this inspiring writing on this day of commemoration. I see mother Pollard was OT too–very perceptive and capable of infusing healing energy at a distance. On the subject of freedom, no, it doesn’t always win. The darkness of tyranny and oppression can descend for a very long time. Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to work for it and fight for it. Thank you for this reminder.

  15. So eloquently stated, the tribulations of those who fight the good fight.

    One wonders how history is strewn with individuals who suffer so, seemingly alone (though yes, God is there) — until the truth for which they fought becomes “popular.” I am grateful to each and every one.

    It’s a no-brainer (best way to think anyway) that the most precious gift and ability one can have and nurture in others is the ability to look and see.
    “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

  16. Hi,
    A very touching tribute, Marty. Happy MLK tribute day.
    I have a complimentary piece I wrote called Return to Freedom. http://blog.scientologyrecovery.com/return-to-freedom-2/
    Not on civil rights, but on freedom as it specifically relates to the spirit, the mind, reason, and “human nature.” I think some may find it fits hand and glove with what you wrote.

  17. The day that LRH Basics Extension Courses and lectures are used in the majority of schools on this planet would represent freedom for me.

    Would be a day worthy of the rise of Excalibur.

    Cheers Martin Luther King where ever you are now.

  18. Truthful to say the least. If, let’s say you were in an org somewhere, a newbie perhaps to that org, at an event, and you casually engaged another person at the event in conversation maybe not knowing yet that they were pretty indoctrinated in to Scientology. And then you asked them:

    “When you go on the internet do you use Internet Explorer or Firefox?”

    And the Scientologist answered:

    “Oh no. We are not allowed to go on the internet. There are all kinds of bad things on there!”

    A person in 6th grade would walk away and look for someone else to talk to. What a retarded answer that might come from one of the creators of the new civilization to be. That is so ignorant it is funny, but I am sure the Scientologist would not have meant it to be funny.

  19. Marty,

    Very apropos for the day that celebrates Martin Luther King Jr’s life and achievements.

    A man who accomplished quite a lot in the very short life he had as MLK.

    Here’s lovin’ ya all back.

  20. Those are some great quotes Marty, Thanks for posting them. MLK went right to the heart of things.

  21. Thank you, Marty, for sharing these words with us. They might have been lost to me if not for this post. As it is, they’re inspiring, re-assuring, and beautiful.

    Having learned a long time ago to read, value and believe “indicators,” I’ve noticed that when I read this blog I almost always feel stronger, calmer, happier. I usually learn something important, either from what you’ve written or from what you’ve inspired someone else to post in response. I’m sure I don’t know half of what you do in life, but I can tell you that I value you very highly for what you say to me, here, everyday. Thank you .


  22. p.s. As our Tony the Tiger says, I’m flowin’ you a little energy. Please accept it in the spirit in which it’s given.

  23. Beautiful, indeed! I’m ashamed to say I haven’t read Dr. King’s books, yet. Those passages seemed to lead directly into this man’s beingness, and I hope that I can display even a fraction of the courage and integrity he stood for.

  24. I love Martin Luther King Jr. He confronted more evil than any other man except, of course, LRH. He is a wonderous study.

    U2’s most fitting tribute to MLK:

    ML Tom

  25. Clearwater Lawyer

    Marty, thanks for sharing these writings. Almost a half century later, his thoughts describe (at least in part) the current struggle with the CofS. I know that all in the independent movement will remain strong and committed despite the many challenges. Thanks again,

  26. “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetuate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”
    LRH said a very similar thing somewhere (sorry not got a reference). The overt of most significance is that of omission.
    Our overts of omission drag us down far more than the overt acts of destruction. In the moments of commision we stood proud even when we failed as we stood up for what we believed in. Perhaps we made mistakes and killed the wrong enemy. But when we were strong we could acknowledge our mistakes.
    When we failed to act, seemingly oppressed beyond the survival of our bodies, we broke our integrity and the Code of Honor.
    I did it many times before I left the CofS in 1982. I hated it when I saw a friend get attacked by a Nazi “missionaire” back in 1982.
    Greg Wilhere arrived at ITO and put us all on a 6 hour sleep schedule. Craig Ferreira was the only one to stand up to him. He was carted off to the RPF and although I knew that Craig was right I didn’t have the guts to stand up for him.
    I felt out of my depth totally and saw a degree of evil in WDC that I could not be close to. I left.
    I compromised my integrity back in 1981 and still sometimes hate myself for failing to stand with Craig.
    I left 28 years ago. Many stayed a lot longer.
    It is a kind of PTSness that we will have to resolve in order to forge a future for Scientology.


  28. Thank you Marty. This says it all for me:
    “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetuate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” When oppressed people willingly accept their oppression they only serve to give the oppressor a convenient justification for his acts. Often the oppressor goes along unaware of the evil involved in his oppression so long as the oppressed accepts it. So in ordered to be true to one’s conscience and true to God, a righteous man has no alternative but to refuse to cooperate with an evil system.

  29. Cat Daddy, this is very perfect! I have really enjoyed your participation in this blog. You often come up with some of the most appropriate LRH quotes!

  30. If that is your worst overt, you are hereby forgiven. If one person knows who you really are you told to them the time place, form and event of what you believe you did wrong and told the truth, then by any standard it can’t be a W/H anymore. So, by leaving the C of S the way you did, consider your amends DONE.

  31. For Marty, Mosey, Mike, Christie, Sarge, Sam, Jim, and all my other friends here who stand up and never waver in what they believe is true and right … “I don told you we is with you all the way. But even if we ain’t with you, God’s gonna take care of you.”

    God’s gonna take care of all of us. As Sam said, ‘It will all come out alright.’

    With love to all tonight,

    Just Me

  32. Tony DePhillips

    Hi Marty,

    What you say here got me thinking. Thinking about what you are doing and what I think LRH was trying to do. I don’t think that LRH was trying to con us. I don’t think that he was just in it for the money. I think that LRH really wanted to help the world and I think he did.
    I do think that in his final years it seems that LRH’s writings apparently got harsher than I would have liked.
    That being said, what I got out of Scientology and continue to get and use has been very valuable to me.
    To sit back and be part of the evil force that has taken over and spoiled Scientology was not an option for me.
    Truly, the enemy is the reactive mind.
    We all have people that we have loved and liked remain “loyal” to the cult of deception.
    I know that all these people are basically good.
    In order to help those I care about I will keep trying to enlighten them to the best of my ability.
    When they act hostile to me, I will do my best to remain sane, even if it hurts.
    I feel that we are fighting LRH’s fight against unreason and insanity.
    We are the ones that will keep the dream alive.

    What LRH did was and is important.

    Thanks for what you are doing Marty and Mike, it is very important.

    Everyone who is helping here is very important.

    Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
    — Martin Luther King Jr.

  33. ExIntStaffmember

    Marty, thanks so much for sharing these eloquent words of MLK. What an inspiring figure and an awesome example to follow in the vanquishing of oppression and the pursuit of freedom.

  34. Well said Tony.

  35. Ralph – All you could have done was make a “gallant” spectacle of yourself and you would have been one of many insignificant sacrificial lambs who meant relatively little to those who stayed. Your actual departure as you did it said volumes without you having to say a word. That in itself was an act of civil disobedience. It was probably more powerful than you think because no one ever told you about it. It told us all you wouldn’t take the bullshit anymore. Had you acted out more dramatically, we probably would have been told that you went psycho or something and it would have given us all a different impression. I never heard about Craig’s rebellion and I knew Craig pretty well and was friends with his wife, too. You did well.
    In fact, the whole Scientology movement experienced civil disobedience from 1981 onwards. Its just taken a while to get it to this point. You have held out a light in the darkness for years on your websites, etc. What happened with you and so many of us are well expressed in the tarot cards, the Hierophant and the Hermit. One graduates from the mystery school and takes his learning/teachings into The World (also another Tarot card). As LRH said about the Tarot, its a philoslophical machine. Its a natural process. After I left the Sea Org, I completed an old cycle of action I never got to do. I read the Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse. It won the Nobel Prize for literature. It is also called Magister Ludi. It is about someone who lived his whole life in a cloistered mystery school. The parallels to the Sea Org were uncanny to me having just left. After he is too old to leave, he realizes that he has ignored life and seeks his way. In other words, he routes out and the process isn’t very easy. There is no OSA or GO but the he has to get back in comm with all the forces he ignored his whole life. The most moving part of the book was the appendix where it is about how the American Indians spends his whole life preparing for his death. It was good save for the fact the author should have stressed that preparing for death is really preparing for life.
    As for Martin Luther King, besides changing the conditions in America, he also helped me realize a postulate. When I was a kid, I always wished that my birthday would become a holiday so I could have the day off. Well, helped make that come true. We share the same birthday.

  36. On the way to a game in a small town somewhere in the middle of nowhere in southern Virginia, the famished Roanoke Catholic High School football team decided to stop at a small restaurant to get a bite to eat. Once all the orders were taken and the food started coming out of the kitchen, the restaurant owner, who hadn’t noticed the black athlete at first, said, “He can’t eat in here. He’s going to have to eat outside.” Team members were visibly shocked. Without hardly missing a beat, the coach said simply, “Pick up your plates, boys, we’re all going outside.” The young athletes lumbered out balancing utensils, plates and drinks in their adolescent hands in solidarity with their Afro-American teammate. The restaurant owner fumed as he watched the young men merrily scarfing down their food in the parking lot, with other restaurant patrons watching on in astonishment. I betcha that restaurant owner never pulled that stunt again.

    In the C of $, conscience seems to be in very short supply, with folks willing to turn their backs on family and friends, though they might even agree with the outpoints within.

    Thanks for the wonderful MLK post, Marty. It made my day.


  37. FN, Sarge & Sam – Beautiful and very well said!

  38. Yes Sam, it will all come out allright. Your strength and life a great part of that fact.

  39. Glenn,
    Wonderful article and wonderful to have you back.

    (I owe you that blues album…I’ll get it to you.)

  40. Ralph,
    I understand. I also know Craig would too, and he would without any doubt, upon reading this comment, give that heartfelt sincere look and gesture to express it.

    We are forging a future. A good one with more compassion and the Code of Honor.

  41. The Federal trial which most people do not know about…
    Everyone should watch this video!!!

    William F Pepper was a personal friend of Martin Luther King. Later he also served as the attorney for the King Family and also as an attorney for the patsy, James Earl Ray.

    Here is a court case of December, 1999 which had unimpeachable evidence that proved the government conspired to assassinate King. Transcripts of the trial are available at the King Family website.

    The media DELIBERATELY did not go into the courtroom when they had access.
    One of the only reporters who attended every day of the trial, was Memphis TV reporter and local ABC news anchor Wendell Stacy. Because of insisting on attending the trial every day, Stacy was fired.

    Here are some details surrounding this case.
    “…Seventy witnesses set out the details of a conspiracy in a plot to murder King that involved J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI, Richard Helms and the CIA, the military, the local Memphis police, and organized crime figures from New Orleans and Memphis. The evidence is unimpeachable. The jury took an hour to find for the King family. But the silence following these shocking revelations was deafening. Like the pattern during all the investigations of the assassination throughout the years, no major media outlet would cover the story. It was effectively buried.”

    Taken from William Pepper’s “An Act of State” who was a personal friend of King, and the attorney representing both the King Family and also James Earl Ray (the patsy).
    December 8th , 1999 the jury decided the verdict. More quotes from Pepper:

    “On the evening of April 4 1968, Martin Luther King was in Memphis supporting a worker’s strike. By the end of the day, top-level army snipers were in position to knock him out if ordered. Two military officers were in place on the roof of a fire station near the Lorraine Motel, to photograph the events. Two black firemen had been ordered not to report to duty that day and a black Memphis Police Department detective on surveillance duty in the fire station was physically removed from his post and taken home. Dr. King’s room at the motel was changed from a secluded ground-floor room to number 306 on the balcony. Loyd Jowers, owner of Jim’s Grill which backed to the motel from the other side of the street, had already received $100,000 in cash for his agreement to participate in the assassination. He was to go out into the brush area behind the grill with the shooter and take possession of the gun immediately after the fatal shot was fired. When the dust settled, King had been hit, and a clean-up procedure was immediately set in motion. James Earl Ray was effectively framed, the snipers dispersed, any witnesses who could not be controlled were killed, and the crime scene was destroyed.”

    Transcripts of the trial are available at http://www.thekingcenter.org

    Actual video footage of the trial can be seen here…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEpAs1E5v4s
    at this YouTubeUser
    The testimony of William Schaap shows how the media is controlled.

  42. What a beautiful communication.
    I am inspired and moved. Thanks M.
    You know he’s my favorite. Hands down.

    “…Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me ’round”
    “Freedom Road”
    (One of MLK’s favorite Negro Spirituals)

  43. Scott Campbell

    Right on, Tony.

    Marty’s post also made me think of something. The Oxford Capacity Analysis question, “Are you in favor of color bar and class distinction?”

    Isn’t it ironic that the C of S has created a De-facto “color bar and class distinction” in it’s own organization by creating a pervasive culture of money and status motivation?

    You would think that any organization desiring “A civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where man is free to rise to greater heights” would want to make those aims easily attainable for all.

    Apparently not.

    However, we have the answer to this problem in Independent Scientology.

    “Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


  44. Kathy Braceland

    Beautiful and powerful passages from a very great man. What a nice way to celebrate the life and work of MLK. Thanks for posting these Marty.

  45. one of those who see

    Ralph, that you would write this shows what kind of being you are -beautiful. And quite free indeed.

  46. one of those who see

    Marty, thank you for this. Just beautiful and relevant. I hadn’t read much about MLK.
    “Since that dreary night in 1956, Mother Pollard has passed on to glory and I have known very few quiet days. I have been tortured without and tormented within by the raging fires of tribulation. I have been forced to muster what strength and courage I have to withstand howling winds of pain and jostling storms of adversity. But as the years have unfolded the eloquently simple words of Mother Pollard have come back again and again to give light and peace and guidance to my troubled soul. “God’s gonna take care of you.”

    Years pass and we remember the actions of great men, but not necessarily the struggle they went through. I appreciate you posting this. And although your emphasis was on the wonderful woman in the story, I’m sure it is helpful to another great man – you.

  47. I had the opportunity to observe the living legacy of Dr. King today. I attended a book signing by the author of a book I co-authored at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. A speaker talking about the historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Dr. Mom talking about her book Purposeful Parenting (see on Amazon) and a group of Cuban musicians playing native music, for an audience of every age, race, ethnicity and gender it was very apparent that the desire for freedom is far, far stronger than the desire to oppress and control.
    Thanks for the inspirational quotes, Marty.

  48. Amy, that is one of my favorite quotes too…
    “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

    A very empowering quote for me and has helped me have STRENGTH and COURAGE to speak out the TRUTH!!!!

  49. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a man of great faith, integrity and wisdom and I am glad that you have pointed out his work on this subject. Current CoS members especially would be wise to keep these words in mind when contemplating the oppressive situation their church is in:
    “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps perpetrate it.” “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.” “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it’s right.” “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

  50. Friend of Ron

    Thanks Marty!

    We detoured to Memphis today so we could be in the space where MLK spent his last day, and then became larger than life and thus changed the world.

    We detoured to celibrate our own beginning of a new chapter in our journey towards greater independence and true freedom.

    When men with evil in their heart hold the key to liberty they lock the door and throw away the key.

    During the 30s and 40s the “good German” denied the Jews their right to be, forcing other “good Germans” to disconnect from Jews.

    And so, when fighting the good fight in the 80s and 90s, we used this to highlight how the modern “good German” was doing the same again by blacklisting Scientologists so others would disconnect from and not to do business with Scientologists . “Don’t buy from Jews” in the 30s had become “Don’t by from Scientologists” in the 90s.

    And now the “good Scientologist” denies the independent Scientologists their right to be, to do, to have. The “good Scientologist” now blacklists the independent Scientologists by putting pressure on friends and family to disconnect from and not do business with the independent Scientologists.

    Miscavige and his “good Scientolgists” have come full circle.

    When men with evil in their heart hold the key to liberty they lock the door and throw away the key.

  51. “God’s gonna take care of you” is pretty powerful stuff, and it is true. It is only very recently I have begun to understand the nature of God, and it is powerful.

  52. Interesting Mr. Hilton. Thank you for sharing this story.
    I believe that Miscavige and his agents could have been stopped in this time around 82. Mayo was still around as well as other strong headed individuals. Mutiny was of course forbidden but that would possibly have stopped him.

    I salute this hero Craig Ferreira and others like him.

  53. Tory Christman

    Great post, and many excellent responses.
    “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” Martin Luther King,
    a hero for myself as well as many others.

  54. Tory Christman

    PS: re those who have lost loved ones….this is in honor of them:
    I’ve lost SO many loved ones while “in” Scientology (the “church”)—who died way too young, committed suicide OR “Disconnected”. This is a tribute song to ALL of my lost, departed friends:

    Bless you all. And if you’re lurking, and you’ve “Disconnected” from your Parents: PLEASE REALIZE YOU NEED TO RE-CONNECT…***…NOW***.
    Love and Peace to ALL 🙂 Tory/Magoo

  55. Floating Needle

    Thanks Sam. I know some of those “utterly SOUL DESTROYING” people believe they have good intentions, which makes that much harder for them to see, if they can even look. But you keep sticking it in front of them… gently and politely. And sooner or later, no matter how hard they try to rationalize it, they’re going to end up tripping over the truth, and when they do, they will realize they have you to thank for waking them up.

  56. Floating Needle

    Thanks sarge!

  57. Tony and Scott
    Beautiful inspirational sentiments.

  58. Just Me
    Thanks so much for the love.
    In dark moments, the love, loyalty and fortitude of this group continues to shine brightly and I draw much strength from it.
    To all of our friends both inside and out:
    “When you hear people growling, when the lines are all awry, when the audior has flubbed and the world of Scientology looks black, just remember that in the dozen years of sometimes despairing work and heart-breaking set-backs, the dream has yet come true. We have it now. We can and are clearing them all – and you.
    In Scientology just remember this when all looks dark”
    L Ron Hubbard HCOB 2 October AD12

  59. Ralph
    I’m sure you’ll get your chance to sit down and have a beer with Craig someday and set it all to rights. Such is the way of the theta universe.
    Thanks for sharing – all I can say is that you are demonstrating the point Jim made:
    “We are forging a future. A good one with more compassion and the Code of Honor.”
    To me this is the group that LRH postulated when he created the Sea Org. A group that would operate on truth, light and a natural (not enforced) code of honor.
    We don’t owe anyone our help. We are already free. And yet we all still forge ahead and insist that others share that freedom.
    I truly have found MY group 🙂

  60. Very interesting, thanks for posting

  61. Independent Scientologist

    True story:

    Back in the 1980s when I worked for the City of Austin, Texas we were given the choice every year of taking off either Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday or Confederate Heroes Day. Talk about requiring someone to declare their allegience! Ultimately the city resolved all controversy by giving employees both days off.

    Today’s post and comments impinged more than usual. MLK was a great and inspirational figure. I haven’t read many of his writings – I should do that one of these days – but I remember being very moved in high school when I came across “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.”

    When you consider what blacks in this country have had to put up with for about a hundred and fifty years or so, the travails of independent scientologists don’t look so bad. For instance, no one is preventing us from being scientologists and practicing our faith – thank God.

    – Ron Matlock

  62. Marty,
    Thank you for this! Mr King was and is a sterling example of What Is Greatness. He was and is one of the GREATEST people to have ever lived. begin fair use, “The hardest task one can have is to continue to love his fellows despite all reasons he should not.” “A primary trap is to succumb to invitations to hate.” LRH IMHO, many staff and public are caught in this trap. Staff are almost taught to resent, dislike, hate public, other staff, etc. because, they don’t measure up to what is expected. Public do this, too. People are catagorized into a class system. This causes much discord amongst all. If people were taught to care and love, there would be no problems in the Church. No case on post requires operating above 2.0. Resentment and hate don’t work. It’s BASIC Scientology. 1SP

  63. “As I thought further I came to see that what we were really doing was withdrawing our cooperation from an evil system, rather than merely withdrawing our economic support from the bus company. The bus company, being an external expression of the system, would naturally suffer, but the basic aim was to refuse to cooperate with evil.” MLK

    This is what I have had to come to terms with in the current Cof(NOT)Scn, off purpose and departed from LRH’s Estate Planning and the Corporate paradigm he established and that is supposed to be in place. It isn’t the ‘target’, the Suppressive Person David Miscavige is. However, the Cof(NOT)Scn, embroiled as it is in his turmoil and corruption, is as the ‘bus company’ in MLK’s description, and has become an external expression of the aberrated mind of its self-styled ‘ecclessiastical leader’.

    He will drag it down to nothing in order to protect his own interests.


    There are OEC Volumes, the Management Series, a valid structure and CST with the vested authority to resurrect an entity that WILL carry forward the Ideal, Ethic and Rationale that are the actual spirit and letter of the applied spiritual philosophy that is Scientology.

    I’m amazed at the insight and purpose Doctor King had and maintained. Truly, he has been to the mountaintop.

  64. Martin Luther King dynamically opposed the war the last year of his life. Many in the civil rights community abandoned King, because of this position.
    The Federal trial in Memphis December 1999 is something that most people do not know. The transcripts of the trial are on the King Family website.
    William F Pepper was a personal friend of King, then later was the attorney who PROVED in court to a jury of 12 that the government was involved in the death of Martin Luther King.
    Footage of the actual trial can be found on YouTube.

    I wish more people were aware of this trial.

  65. “Staff are almost taught to resent, dislike, hate public, other staff, etc.”

    It’s more than ‘almost’, they ARE taught through admiration for forwarding group think. And it’s not just in SCN of course, it’s all over the place.

    Recently, a NY Times headline was about how opposing Congressional parties were actually going to sit together during the State of the Union address. Duh? Is this breakthrough progress or simply an indication of the extreme depth of exclusionary think that is usually bought into?

    I went to look at a house for sale in Clearwater in the early nineties. Sat down with the owner and the real estate agent. They chit-chatted a bit and then the real estate agent said to the home owner, “Did you know? Some blacks just bought a house down the street!”
    The homeowner replied, “Oh?! But thank god, at least they weren’t Scientologists!”
    I thought to myself, “Man, this is really a weird planet.”

  66. I haven’t read much of MLK’s writings – WOW. He reaches out and touches you. A courageous and gentle soul
    Thanks Marty

  67. Thanks Marty! Really nice posting. I also very much enjoyed the comments. I’m not only impressed with the MLK principles forwarded above, but another of his principles: “peaceful resolution.” Hallelujah!

  68. TL,
    I stumbled on that transcript a while back and read it with fascination, but was not surprised. Several other books shine light on the MLK hit, some of which appears to be fact, other just theory, but all highly plausible, especially the data and observations that tie his assassination in with that of RFK and JFK; the common denominator being their opposition to the Vietnam War. The Monsters of Money and Power didn’t want the dinging of that cash register interrupted.

  69. This is great Marty. Specially since I am close to Walden Pond right now. I truly doubt that most americans do not understand what MLK PREVENTED from happening. His voice for non violent protest, and his articulate voice avoided what could have been devastating.

    He is a greater man, I think, than people give him credit for.

  70. For some reason the MLK holiday has become a “Black” Holiday,
    but if you read his writings, he was working to heal our country
    thru non violent means. He was a hero for All Americans, no matter what the color of their skin.

  71. Thank you, Marty.

  72. martyrathbun09

    Matter of fact, he didn’t get gunned down till he broadened his horizon and started organizing on behalf of poor people (color didn’t matter).

  73. martyrathbun09

    You’re right, Cheny and McCain should have kissed his feet – prevented a bloody revolution in this country.

  74. . . . . . and we aren’t on slave ships, or in a prison, or a dark cold dungeon, in chains, whipped, and beaten. We are free, and we have a voice! And we are using that voice to remain free! And I am using that voice to have the freedom to talk to my son, and be a Mom; a freedom I have been denied by the Church of Scientology. Martin Luther King stood up for all blacks, and I will stand up for all the mothers of the world, to have the freedom to create their families with the precious love, that they were given to do so. Martin Luther King’s writings apply perfectly to the freedom, and power of choice of being a mother, and withdrawing from an evil system that denies her that freedom and basic human right.
    Thank you, Martin Luther King, Jr., for standing up for your people, so that we can live with basic human dignity, and the fundamentals rights that God granted to us all. My hat is off to you! You give me courage to do what I must do. You give me courage to use the voice that God gave me, to speak out aganist the evil system.
    Catherine von Ach
    Mother of Chase Hunter von Ach

  75. ‎”Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

  76. Thanks Marty, I never knew that. But it makes sense from what I know of the Character of the Man.

  77. I wanted to say something explainetory, but instead I just say: You’re welcome.

  78. But even in the 80s and 90s, the abuses were there to see.

    The Germans spotted this, and knew that the money would be flowing back uplines to fund highly questionable operations.

    Boycotting Scientology businesses wasn’t 1930s-style discrimination (very crass comparison, BTW – I was hoping conversation here would be more uptone than Godwin’s Law), it was far more like the bus boycotts that catalyzed the Civil Rights movement.

  79. martyrathbun09


  80. Your style is very unique compared to other folks I have read stuff from.
    Many thanks for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I’ll just book
    mark this blog.

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