Just some things I've been pondering over the last couple of days.
I see some resemblance in the way ex-Scion-leaders avert responsibility, pointing their finger to DM, and the way Nazi leaders tried to avert responsibility in the Neurenberg trials. These are only personal observations and opinions. I wonder how you feel about these things.
When reading about Marty Rathbun and Mike Rinder pointing fingers at DM and Little Tommy D, while washing the dirt of their own hands, they remind me of an old aunt of mine. No, she wasn't a Scion, she was a Nazi.
A real one, born around 1890, and Hitler-supporter from the nineteen-thirties. When the Germans invaded our country in 1940 she welcomed them. She lost two sons on the Eastern front, mourned them as a mother but was proud of the ultimate sacrifice they brought for the cause.
After the liberation in 1945 she was seen as a traitor, by society and by the rest of the family. She spent some time in a prison camp after the war. Until the day she died, in the late seventies, she claimed it was not Hitler's fault. He had not known of the crimes committed in his name. The Nazi-movement was betrayed by high officers, traitors with their own agenda's, spies for international Capitalism, or Bolshevism, or Zionism or a combination of above mentioned.
She saw Hitler in the same way Marty and Mike see LRH. An infallible demi-god. Failure was caused by treason or by stupidity of underlings. It never occurred to her that the basic philosophy was plain wrong and that Hitler was a deluded megalomaniac. Just like it never seems to occur to M&M that Hubs was a greedy, lying psychopath and that scientology makes no sense.
This woman was clearly indoctrinated, like most low-ranking nazi-followers in those days were.
High ranking ones were a different ballgame altogether. During the Neurenberg trials the high ranking officers defended themselves with the "Befehl ist Befehl" defence, i.a.w., we just followed orders.
To a certain point they were right, they were following orders, like high-ranking scions are following orders now.
That doesn't absolve them from personal responsibility for their actions. Some of the Nazi officers stood up for their own crimes, were punished and partially forgiven, though no victim could ever forget.
Some nazi officers were hero's, who sacrificed their lives to try to stop the madness.
However, most were either true believers or they blamed the system, their superiors and the covert actions of the enemy. Some even had the guts to blame the victims, like Co$ tends to do now. They never took their responsibility, and were thus punished to death or to life in prison.
Confession and true remorse are the first steps to redemption and healing. If people like Marty and Mike keep covering their own co-responsibility for the Co$-crimes, keep blaming the whole thing on the new management, they never will be forgiven, nor will they find peace within themselves.
Like my aunt, after WW II, they will have to keep living a lie, and never will they be able to live full, happy lives, forfilling a meaningful role in society. They will remain in the margins.
It is not up to me to forgive these guys, or Tommy, if he ever leaves the church. It's up to their victims.
But I do know that M&M need to owe up to their own deeds, and to stop acting as if L.Ron was a saint. He wasn't. If they go on like this, they will end up like old diehard nazi's, scorned and laughed at, not taken seriously by mainstream society and loathed for their hypocrisy by everybody who's gotten victimized by the church. Eventually they will be punished, by society or by their own conscience.
My aunt died an old, bitter and lonely woman. For Co$-apologists like M&M to prevent that same sad fate I have some tips:
The first steps of the twelve-step program to cure addictions and compulsive behavior are:
-admit to yourself that you've done wrong
-confess your transgressions to others
-take responsibility for those transgressions
-accept the consequences of taking responsibility, even if it means getting punished
-if possible, try to make amends to your victims.
The Catholics say, and i.m.o. they are right: No redemption without confession and penance.
I sincerely hope that every Scientology-member will find freedom. I also hope that the high-ranking ones will see the abuse and have the courage to stand up for their misdeeds and those of the movement, including the lies of LRH.
If they do not clean up their own mess, eventually society will, and the outcome will not be nice for the leaders of the church.
It may be like the rulings in Neurenberg in 1945/46. It's gonna hurt...