Marty Rathbun: Rumormonger

Marty Rathbun keeps trying to sell horror stories that precious few are buying. His unrelenting efforts to enturbulate fall on an ever-shrinking audience in a sad drama of “the boy who cried wolf.”

What do we know about Marty Rathbun and his escalating volume of disgusting accusations?


“A 1.1 can be accurately spotted by his conversation, since he seeks only to enturbulate those around him, to upset them by his conversation, to destroy them without their ever being aware of his purpose. He listens only to data which will serve him in his enturbulations. Here is the gossip, here is the unfaithful wife, here is the card cheat, here is the most undesirable stratum of any social order.”


Science of Survival

LRH pointed out, and we know from experience with the tech, that there is little to be gained in either clarifying or forwarding rumors. Notice that when one rumor fades, it is quickly replaced with another, and in Marty Rathbun’s case, each is more sensational and degrading than the last. It is not the specific rumor that matters to the rumormonger; it is the intention to enturbulate behind it that counts.

It’s as if continually failing to destroy Scientology, despite the most heinous and outrageous accusations he can make and rumors he can spread, Marty Rathbun repeatedly seeks to “one-up” his rumors. The initial rumors he spread when he started his campaign were alarming and shocking and got attention because he was presumed to be telling an “inside expose.” These soon faded and were no longer covered by any media because they didn’t hold water and were soon found to be lies. Still worse, it was found that he was accusing others of those things he himself did. A very inconvenient fact that made most media outlets pretend he never existed.

Now Marty Rathbun’s rumors have taken on the tone of corny tabloid assaults that can’t even make the pages of the throwaway weeklies one sees at a checkout stand.

And as if to punctuate the point, the only outlets that will carry Marty Rathbun’s repulsive accusations and reports are those who specialize in tabloid journalism.

Marty Rathbun is fighting sinking into Apathy, and dramatizing it wildly. The Apathy case believes he must create a total effect to create any effect at all. This is the character of Rathbun’s wild and scurrilous claims, and of Rathbun himself as he sees himself sinking into a well-deserved obscurity.

So what to do if you hear some of these disgusting rumors and “reports”? Keep in mind what LRH said about these things as far back as 1955, and realize that they are nothing new, and that these too shall fade.

“The group occasionally wants to know something about other Scientologists.  They have heard things.  Those inquiries about myself are best answered in this wise: that in all Ron’s experience with rumors and stories about himself, he has yet to hear one single story come back to him in a form which even vaguely approached the truth or the circumstances about which it was told, and he has heard many, many things which did not happen at all.

Thus, it is the case with Scientologists at large.  Many things are said about them, but they have this experience every now and then that one of these stories comes back to them and when it comes back to them they will not recognize the incident.

It happens that it is the tone level of the general public that scandal and untruth take precedence.  I ask you to consult the Chart of Human Evaluation and you will discover in that chart that truth does not exist below the level of 2.0.  Therefore, why should you be surprised that so many twisted stories are circulated?  They are circulated about you as a Scientologist as well as about me as the Founder of Scientology.  Standing together we can best this vagary of human communication lines.  The example is set for the public by its newspapers, which themselves offer little but untruths.

And I call to your attention that courts do not admit hearsay evidence. They have learned, after long experience, that they can only accept what the witness himself has observed and that they can never accept what the witness has heard that somebody else observed. Hearsay evidence, that evidence which simply recounts what somebody else has said he observed, is not admissible in courts of law anywhere in the civilized world and has not been since Roman times. Compare this, then, to the communication line of hearsays in terms of rumors and find that there is little to be gained in either clarifying or forwarding such rumors.”


(Excerpt from The Scientologist, A Manual On The Dissemination Of Material, March 1955)