by Tony Ortega, Village Voice. 26th July 2011
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninsca ... gy_apo.php
There's now a discusion thread in the Opinions & Debate section on this same topic:For Scientology watchers, a stunning development tonight that, not so long ago, we can hardly imagine happening.
Mark Bunker, dean of the old time Scientology critics, has written a guest poston Marty Rathbun's blog this evening -- well, I would be hardly more surprised if a Michael Wolff editorial appeared in tomorrow's Wall Street Journal with a glowing preface by Rupert Murdoch.
Rathbun, who not so many years ago was charged with keeping tabs on critics like Bunker in his role as one of the highest executives in Scientology, is well aware what a surprising turn this is:
"Whatever Mark Bunker's views, and whatever I may think of them, Mark Bunker is a decent, honest guy."
Rathbun, as inspector general of the Religious Technology Center, answered only to Scientology's ultimate leader, David Miscavige. As we've pointed out numerous times before, Rathbun was an enforcer, a fixer, and went after Scientology's perceived enemies seemingly with glee. But in 2004 he left the organization and then two years ago began suddenly speaking out against Miscavige at his blog, "Moving On Up a Little Higher."
Tonight, we learn the surprising secret that when Rathbun needed help setting up his blog, he received that help from an unlikely source: Mark Bunker.
(I am having deja vu: 12 years ago, when I wrote about Tory Christman leaving Scientology, what set her on the road to defection was in part some helpful tech advice from Operation Clambake operator Andreas Heldal-Lund. The web: its power is amazing.)
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