Marty Rathbun Wants To Have It Both Ways

Marty Rathbun and Lawrence Wright

In a recent post Marty Rathbun savaged a recently-published anti-Scientology book.

Predictably his followers agreed with Rathbun, lashing out at the book’s inconsistencies, its reliance on plagiarizing from already discredited books, its falsehoods, and for the author’s unabashed attacks on Scientology’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard.

The Rathbun post, however, far from being a “review” of the book, as Marty characterized it, was something else entirely.

It was an exercise in face-saving or – to put it bluntly – a way for Rathbun to do damage control in the eyes of the declining number of customers who look up to him as their so-called leader.

Furthermore, one could see throughout the post a naked self-promotion of Rathbun’s next book which, its author somehow regards, as being the last word on the subject of Scientology.

In reality, though, all the Bulverde “guru” is trying to do is backtrack – and have it both ways.

As the appendix of the new book indicates, Rathbun was an active participant in its creation. He was one of the first people interviewed by the book’s author who stayed for two days with Rathbun and his “wife” Monique at their former house in Ingleside on the Bay, Texas.

Apart from granting lengthy interviews, Rathbun also invited the author and his research assistant to a Fourth of July party in Texas where he introduced them to others in the loosely-knit and often combative “indie” group.

Rathbun facilitated many of the author’s interviews and did a great deal to help him in his “research” for the book.

So, why now does Rathbun attack and condemn the book to his spiritual followers?

We suspect that he is taking a step back, given that Rathbun has lost credibility by saying, on one hand, that he follows the beliefs of L. Ron Hubbard and, on the other, aligning himself with the likes of Tony Ortega and writer John Sweeney who directly attack LRH.

Very sensitive to this – since, by all appearances, it has cost him counseling clients, especially those of the repeat nature – Rathbun is disassociating himself from the book given the nature of its attacks on Mr. Hubbard.

But the reality is that if anyone has tried to damage the reputation of Scientology and its founder it is Rathbun himself, by his delivery of altered Scientology tech that he is now watering down with Buddhism and other belief systems including psychotherapy.

We think this face-saving gesture by Rathbun comes just a little too late, because it is highly disingenuous to open up to an author, invite him to stay at your home and introduce him to your friends at a holiday party and then revile him and the book he wrote on your blog.

It just doesn’t add up. Then again, in Rathbun’s mind, we suppose it doesn’t have to, especially when you’re busy trying to shamelessly promote a new book that you are still writing.

In the end, however, we think that Marty Rathbun is going to have to make a decision. Does he continue to associate with LRH-attackers, promote their blog posts, link to anti-Scientology media sites and get quoted in anti-Scientology stories?

Or, does he just go about his business, trying to drum up counseling clients and weighing in on all things metaphysical on his blog while still maintaining that he believes in LRH, even though his counseling clients would say otherwise.

Either way, it’s getting increasingly obvious that Rathbun is not going to be able to get away much longer with having it both ways. It may have worked up to a point, but now everyone seems to be seeing right through him.

And they don’t like what they see.