Turncoats, Traitors and Narcissists

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  1. johnAnchovie

    johnAnchovie Still raging

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    It is an understatement that I was dismayed and distressed by Pete Griffiths’ statements in the Irish High Court last October. There is a sense of personal betrayal and a sense of a sullied friendship. I have refrained from making any statement on this to date; giving him time to come out and clarify what he actually meant by those statements. He has not done so, so here I go.


    Statements made in the High Court become public record and carry the full weight of Irish jurisprudence. Recorded statements made therein are entered into permanent record and are referred to by legal experts for the purpose of legal precedence as similar cases come up in the future and they are studied by students of law who will form tomorrow's legal community.

    Pete Griffiths’ stark public avowal “I have no problem with Scientology or Scientologists’ were a stab in the back for those in the ex Scientology community who have not only suffered unconscionable levels of abuse and personal loss while active within the cult but have gone on to speak out and been subjected to hate campaigns and disconnection from family and former friends.

    It is a slap in the face for bereaved mothers such as Victoria Britton whose child’s murderer was protected and hidden away by Scientology's highest level officials. It is a kick in the guts to the fourteen year old girl cast out by the cult with her mother and father’s collusion to walk the cruel streets of London because she was ‘a source of enturbulation’ and a block on their progress as ‘good, dedicated Sea Org functionaries.'

    For those in the ex community that might get nervous at the thought of dissension in the ranks here in the ex community, let me just say that this was one of the nasty little tricks the cult played on us when we were all good little Hubbardites. We used to suppress our individual needs, cast out lovers, family and friend's ‘for the greater good’ of the Third and Fourth dynamics.

    During the dark days of World War II French and Italian partisan groups were made up of bitterly opposed factions. The Italians had both Trotskyist and Stalinist Communists. They fought on the same terms as Catholic priests and Italian Royalists. The French had a similar make up of very diverse political views united for the purpose of defeating the NAZI. What briefly united them at the end of the war was a universal condemnation of collaborators and in particular, those that betrayed the movement from the inside. In our state of permanent war with this monstrous cult we have to be sharper than that, we know how the cult operates. So we must call out betrayal for what it is when it raises its ugly head.

    We were all sickened when the turncoat Marty Rathbun betrayed us to Miscavige. I am sure he scuttled off with his thirty pieces of silver grinning from ear to ear. He was always conflicted. We could see in the insightful 2016 Louis Theroux documentary. Marty never stopped admiring his bloated guru. He could never face up to being reduced to the status of a common wog. He found it painful to lose his position of power in Miscavige’s pretend navy.

    Not many of us liked Marty Rathbun while he was with us, but we tolerated him in the hope that he would help us bring the sick cult and its perverted leader down. What we all missed was that he was a narcissist, an egotist running the ‘Marty Rathbun Show.’ It was all about him and the slights that he suffered. We let him lash out when any of us dared to criticise his mind-numbing ramblings. We gave him space and supported him and in return he burned us.

    Observing Pete Griffiths over the eight odd years that I have known him, I see aspects of the Marty Rathbun phenomena. In fact he displays many of the traits of the Narcissist. Check out this link if you doubt my observation.

    https://thoughtcatalog.com/…/5-sneaky-things-narcissists-d…/

    Pete had a relatively gentle time of it in his rather brief few years as an active Scientologist. His biggest loss was £2000 for a venue he rented out for a local IAS fund raiser or a Hubbard Birthday event in Kendall and the impoverished Scientologists from Sunderland got out as soon as possible with the megre contents of their stressed wallets intact.

    To borrow Gore Vidal’s description of Ezra Pound, There is something of the ‘Strutting Peacock’ about Pete Griffiths. One who uses you to shine the spotlight on himself, one who uses your notoriety or public recognition to further his own ends. Pete admitted to me that he was tooling along in life, still considering himself, at at least conceptually, a Scientologist, until he heard me speaking on one of the highest rated Irish national radio shows shortly before publication of my book in 2008 and the massive attention it garnered - here in Ireland at least. From that moment on I could not shake him off of my coat tails.

    The narcissist will use you to boost his profile and standing in the community. I have been less prolific over the past few years, struggling with illness and stress related exhaustion, I have noted that Pete has subtly turned on me. Not a big loss, but noteworthy based on the linked narcissistic personality exegesis above.

    Friends have told me how Pete has betrayed my own confidences to him in an effort to undermine me. Now I don’t really care about my profile and standing, but I do care when the trust that I give is turned against me. I do care if people that I care about deeply are lied to about me and as result drop me as a friend. He saw fit in the courtroom context to toss the courageous, brutally honest and beyond generous and giving John Magee under the bus. What might he do with you if it suits him?

    I remember inviting him to dinner with my then partner. A highly educated, refined and caring executive in a national State agency. He saw fit to reduce the table conversation to his regaling us, in nauseating detail, with a listing of seedy sexual encounters and a graphic description of the first time he had sex with his partner, Tony. Now I am an enlightened and open minded man, but this does not comprise polite dinner conversation and my partner was left wondering what the hell am I doing hanging around with this person, and perhaps questioned what she was doing living with me if this was the kind of company I keep.

    A friend of mine asked him once to forward a gift to a bereaved mother. Pete forwarded it alright, but sent as a gift from himself.

    Let me just unequivocally state my position: I HAVE a problem with Scientology and I HAVE a problem with Scientologists. A Scientologist condones every single abuse of human rights, every covered up abuse of children - from the awful neglect children suffered in the Cadet Org to the sexual abuse suffered by the likes of Miriam Francis - by merit of their fanatical allegiance to the cult doctrine and its ‘justice’ system.

    Scientologists are not inherently evil. The wonderful Ramina Nunnelly is a case in point. She took me under her wing when I started working with her at Central Marketing, an Int level operation captained by Ronnie Miscavige junior. I have never felt a stronger friendship, nor have I admired anyone in my life more than Ramina. Her incandescence stayed with me long after I had rejected Hubbard and his darkness.
    The cult redirected her fierce and protective love of her wonderful children and harnessed her power to the Scientology Marketing machine. She was good. She was dedicated. She was a brilliant administrator and the kindest and most caring of people managers I have ever encountered in or out of Scientology. But I had a problem with her as a Scientologist and it was only as she began to wake up to the injury and damage she had caused her children as a result of her misplaced trust that I began to rebuild my own friendship with her. You can bet that until that moment she had a problem with me as well.


    The ex and anti Scientology movement attracts low functioning narcissists like flies to the proverbial. The ridiculous Steve Mango being a case in point. There are plenty of others who are not as proficient at self promotion, but are equally manipulative and equally skilled at forming their own little bands of sycophantic followers. I will call them out where I see them impinging on people I know and care about. But you are going to have to protect yourselves one way or the other. Learn about the sociopath, learn about Narcissistic Personality disorder and cut such people loose from your world the moment you spot them.

    We are all imperfect creatures. Malformed by abuse, neglect and permanently damaged in ways that we cannot fathom by our association with Hubbard’s Scientology cult. Indeed, our vulnerabilities are what attracted us to the seductive Scientology promise of perfection and healing by way of The Bridge to Clear and beyond in the first place. We are wiser now, but we are also maybe too trusting of anyone that claims to be a fellow traveller. Thus we are the arbiters of our own demise. This has proved true again and again in the ten years or so that I have been acting to highlight the abusive practices of this cult.

    I had to laugh there at the Scientology Ideal Org opening in Dublin in October. Pete Griffiths was notable in his absence. There we were, a small, disparate, ragtag band of misfits. Four gay guys, an alcoholic pirate from Devon, me - a rapidly aging Scientology burnout with barely enough health and resilience to get out of the house in the morning - an autistic mother of five kids, two of them equally afflicted, a wild and unruly undertaker and a few struggling waifs from the local community blighted by unemployment. All of us facing off to a multinational cult with billions stashed away in tax havens and its leader swishing in and out by way of a private Gulfstream jet and blacked out Mercedes Benz and surrounded by ex special forces security guards like some East European dictator.

    The contrast could not have been more stark. Indeed, the illustration of the reality of our ex and anti Scientology communities efforts could not have been better stated

    https://www.irishtimes.com/…/man-appalled-at-behaviour-towa…

    “I do not have a problem with Scientology or Scientologists,” he said.
    “I hold my hand up and regret my role and I think it was terrible,” he said.
    looking back now at the video, he felt the two CoS members, Zabrina Collins and Michael O’Donnell, “are due an apology for what went went on”.
    “actually appalled” looking at a video played in the High Court of him following two church members distributing booklets in Dublin.
    It was not his intention to harass or intimidate anyone, and he always wanted to act lawfully.
     
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  2. ThetanExterior

    ThetanExterior Gold Meritorious Patron

    When I click on that link it says the page was not found so I can only go by the comments you quote in your posting but I have to say I can't see what you're complaining about.

    Most of us who were scientologists have done things we now regret and that is why we usually say we don't have anything against scientologists - it is the organization that is the problem. Obviously this is a simplification but the point I'm making is that it seems to me that most ex-scientologists say the same thing as those quotes attributed to Pete.

    As for him not being at the opening of the Dublin org, I seem to recall seeing him at the recent opening of the Birmingham org so why are you making it sound like he's doing nothing to help? I knew Pete when he was in scientology and he was a more dedicated scientologist than me. Now he's out he is a more dedicated anti-scientologist than me. In fact when I bought your book, The Complex, on ebay I was surprised to find the seller was Pete Griffiths. I don't know the arrangement you had with him but he seems to have been helping you sell the book but now you have nothing good to say about him?

    Obviously I know nothing about your relationship with him but I'm not too happy to see such a one-sided posting as your OP. If there is more to this than you have said then please clarify.
     
  3. Wilbur

    Wilbur Patron with Honors

    I saw John's post before TE replied, and I was also tempted to reply, but didn't, because it occurred to me that there's probably more to this story than is contained in the post, and I didn't want to get in the middle of two people's personal arguments with one another. It looks to me like there is some kind of personal dispute between John and Peter that has perhaps been brewing for some time. Anyway, I'm glad that TE has expressed his dismay at this post.

    I have no idea whether/to what extent Peter Griffiths is now "doing his bit" to highlight the abuses of Scn, but he was probably considered by the church for several years to be the number one SP in the UK, taking over, in a different way, the mantle of his highness the venerable John Atack. More recently, John McGhee (I hope I'm not butchering his name) has also been doing a lot, with Peter G. often there with him. I have often watched Peter's videos online, and my understanding is that he had a lot less invested in Scientology than some, as he didn't spend decades in the sea org and thereby lose half his life to it. To my mind, that makes it all the more impressive that he is willing to stand up and highlight issues with the church. He's less likely than some to be doing it simply as revenge for a life stolen by the church.

    I have to say, John (John Anchovy, that is), I found your post to be pompous and self-righteous, criticising anybody whose personality doesn't fit your standards of academic excellence, such as the 'ridiculous Steve Mango' and the 'alcoholic pirate from Devon'. You come across as somebody who, having discovered education and educated themselves, now considers everybody around you to be a chump, and accordingly treats them with disdain. Reading between the lines of what you say, I suspect that being physically unwell has impacted the quality of your life significantly, and so, without wishing to sound condescending, this was another reason I was wary of replying - I was unwell myself recently, and know that it can make you bad-tempered and more likely to lash out at others. Like TE says in his post above, we don't know the full story, so it's quite possible that there's more to your dispute with PG than is contained in the post above. And I don't know the details of what PG said in the High Court, or why. But the fact that you criticise a host of other people in the same post says to me that the post was more about you blowing off steam than anything anybody else has done. I think that the lack of magnanimity shown in that post does you no favours.

    Reading your post made me realise that, yes, you can't really trust people in the ex community with confidences. But it was not because of the confidences that you say PG betrayed of yours - rather it was because of the disclosures you make in your post. It makes me shudder to think of the possibility of sharing things over dinner with another ex about my personal life, only to find them attributed to me in a post on ESMB, for thousands to read.

    Again, I'm wary, even as I type, of posting this, because I do not know the full facts of what has gone on between you and PG. You obviously feel that you are fully justified in posting what you did and, not being in possession of the full facts, I am not in a position to comment on that, except in as far as the facts in the post warrant.

    However, the post struck me as the kind of thing that an agent provocateur from OSA would be proud of. Not that I'm accusing you of being that - I'm merely pointing out the effect of reading it. For me, it had the opposite effect of that intended. It made me think, "here's a volatile character whom I should never trust with confidences". It reminded me of the tirades of Gerry Armstrong and his personal feuds with others, conducted openly on the internet. Reading some of Gerry's stuff similarly made me think 'here's a nutter with a vocabulary, whose life has been destroyed by Scientology, and who is feverishly lashing out at anybody, hoping that at least some of the kicks hit in the vague direction of Scientology'.

    Your post was entertaining, and part of me was thinking, 'oh good, I can bring out the popcorn and watch a feud play out online'. But that is surely not the intent of this board, and detracts from what is being done here.

    W.
     
  4. Teanntás

    Teanntás Patron Meritorious

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/cri...wards-church-of-scientology-members-1.3271634
     
  5. ThetanExterior

    ThetanExterior Gold Meritorious Patron

    Pete Griffiths protesting at the Birmingham Ideal Org opening in October 2017. Notice he is being interviewed and saying that scientologists are being conned. So much for him being a "traitor and turncoat".

     
  6. Teanntás

    Teanntás Patron Meritorious

    I hadn't seen that SPs on Tour video before. Delightful

     
  7. johnAnchovie

    johnAnchovie Still raging

    I am sure that your responses are derived from a good place and reflect your anxiety with regards to 'OSA infiltration'. I had better check my bank account to make sure that Miscavige has deposited my support check.

    I assume that you have been through the Scientology mill and like me, you worshipped the ground that the pervert Hubbard and his maniacal successor deigned to step on. I learned a few lessons from my involvement, the tone of your response indicates that you didn't.

    If you haven't by now realized that a movement such as the ex and anti Scientology crowd describes is a magnate for narcissists and manipulators, then you have been living a very blinkered existence indeed. If you haven't by now made the effort to educate yourself on the narcissistic and sociopathic personality, then shame on you.

    I apologise for not dumbing down my language and reasoning to suit your low expectancies, but you can always revert to the silliness of word clearing.

    Asimov made an interesting observation some thirty or forty years ago:

    “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”

    Now in my defense, my going into tertiary education was an effort to distance myself from the intellectual desert that describes life in Hubbard's cult. That effort has proved to be the single best thing that I have given myself in this short and troubled life. Only the woefully ignorant or teeth gnashingly envious would try to detract from the effort to improve oneself.

    I leave you, Teanntas, to wallow in your darkness.
     
  8. Teanntás

    Teanntás Patron Meritorious

    "you worshipped the ground that the pervert Hubbard and his maniacal successor deigned to step on"

    I think if you give it some reflection, you will realize that that is an outrageous statement.
     
  9. Terril park

    Terril park Sponsor

    I've met Pete Griffiths on a number of occasions. I
    believe the first time was when he organised a 2 day press
    conference in East Grinstead and got the UKs most read
    Newspaper, The Sun, to send a journalist and photographer
    to cover it. The last time was at Steve Cannans book signing event in London. So he doesn't hate Scientologists. So what.
     

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