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Marty levels a devastating blow to Chris Shelton with just one short sentence:
"They are delivered with the self-sure authority of an Ivy League shrink."
But for whom was that black-pr, dead-agent, third-party, positioning (against "shrinks") written for? What public does Rathbun hope to win over with that embarrassingly pathetic propaganda? Let's see. . .
WHAT A SCIENTOLOGIST THINKS WHEN THEY READ THAT LINE:
"OMG!!! Shelton's a psych. OMG!!! Shelton's therefore an SP. OMG!!! So, Shelton's a dreaded SP Shrink OMG!! Shelton has therefore been on the track trillions of years, sabotaging mankind's spiritual freedom and fighting against the Commodore and his loyal officers. OMG!!!!
WHAT A WOG THINKS WHEN THEY READ THAT LINE:Marty could only have written that if:
"Gee, that sounds excellent. Finally! A well educated Ivy League professional on the mind, rather than having to listen to amateurish, sanctimonious bombast from Scientology charlatans!"
1. He is incredibly stupid. (He's not, so I am forthwith ruling #1 out)
2. He is intentionally trolling.
3. Someone else is intentionally trolling (as Marty, on his blog).
4. Rathbun is having (or already had) a mental breakdown and is operating in a severely compromised psychological state. (no reason to assume that, so let's rule it out)
That leaves two viable choices, #2 and #3.
If I had to pick one, it would be #3. Because even if Marty was trying to troll the ex-Scientology/Critic communities, he would not default to Hubbard's embarrassing 1950s/1960s tactics of pointing his finger and yelling bad words (e.g. Communist! Psych! et al) Marty is more creative than that and (I believe) would not want to be caught dead taking on the buffoonish post of being a "psych-buster".
I have no facts that it is #3, but I will say that the ONLY time I have ever seen such amateurishly overblown, melodramatically off-putting dead-agent "capers" are those run by senior management of the Church of Scientology. Marty's blog is now perfectly in synch with all of the corny-cringey-creepy "attacks" that we have seen for decades from the cult; like the time Heber went on national tv and began ranting like an asylum patient, screaming non-sequitur questions like "WHY DO YOU LOVE DRUGS?!" while trying to drown out the host and other guest.
So now Marty attacks Chris Shelton, one of the most intelligent and perfectly likable Scientologists that ever lived. And one views the video looking in vain for ANY slightest morsel of truth in Rathbun's invective-laced ad hominem. But, quite remarkably, there is absolutely NOTHING to find. Chris was charming as ever, perfectly well reasoned, graceful and humble in his earnest attempt to answer a viewer's question.
I see the exact same dna in Rathbun's recent wacky posts that is all over Freedom Magazine and the hate websites that COS sets up to attack its critics. It's the very same madness that was embedded in the Squirrel-Busters who camped on Marty's front lawn, stalked him and yelled insane statements and questions at him to provoke ANY reaction. Unmistakable signature on those absurd, amateurish bullbaiting that is supposed to defeat Scientology's enemies. LOL.
Now, instead of being aimed at Rathbun, the church entheta attack machines are aimed at the critic community at large.
It's all speculation. But, I have just never, ever seen any person or organization as clownishly over the top in their lying attacks as the COS. If I had to bet, that's where the money goes. A COS/OSA "Op" to "take down" the indies and exes.
I feel kind of slighted that Marty hasn't attacked me. Instead they sent "B" team troller Alanzo after me, but he's way too easy to shatter, so where's the fun in that? LOLOL
After reading your post, let's consider how their behavior can be used to keep the whales donating.
A video of people leaving a movie theatre: They can use this to monitor anyone they know who may be connected with a whale. They can use it to show a whale that there are hundreds of people watching this movie to solicit donations from the whale. They can use it to make an internal black PR film so that people won't watch the movie.
Dead agenting of any critic by Marty Rathbun: Whether or not Marty is being run by the Scientology organization or not, his smearing of any critic can be shown to a whale with a contradictory previous piece of evidence to show that he is an unreliable source. It can be shown to a whale to show them that even Marty, who is an SP, thinks the critic is out ethics.
If you follow the money, Scientology does not care about the lack of value of its brand, the rank and file Scientologists who are leaving, the only thing that matters to them are the whales. If you analyse their actions in this way, what they do makes sense.