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?... not entirely trustworthy just yet due to his tight relationship with Marty. But the potential is there.
Mike Rinder is a quiet person by nature. I knew him somewhat at PAC. There is also a loyalty between Australians that one has to live and experience to understand. Unless Mike does something to particularly hurt the Australian cause, you are unlikely to find an ex here attacking him. It's the "fair go" policy. The way I see it, they (we) are giving Mike some time and space to reveal what he can and must. They are giving him a fair go because he is an Aussie and he understands this as well. These are the sort of things that are done in Australia without having to be said out loud.
So there is a different standard for Australian nationals? Funny I always viewed the Ex community as quite international, the key common factor being mind fuck and abuse all experienced to some degree n the cult or SO. I figured ex-Scios had far more in common with each other, than just a random per on of the same nationality. The cult experience is unique and seems to create a bond among very disparate people here who otherwise might have nothing to do with one another.
I think it would be quite naive for anyone to apply a different standard to Rinder due to his nationality. If we are to compare Mike to RVY, who held a similar post and status to Rinder's, there is no comparison. RVY stepped into the light and did everything in his power to help stop the abuses and bring down the cult. Mike has done very little in the open save for attack DM (& only DM) and pal around with Marty. If he is actually trying to operate on back channels among critics, I would be very very leery. Until he is willing to do more than participate in an ongoing grudge match with DM I would question
I think the open letter to his family that Mike posted on Martys blog demonstrated his ronboy mindset. Caliwog did an accurate analysis of the letter:
Mike never once declares his love for his son or anything remotely resembling paternal concern - it's all about LRH and who's the best Scientologist using the REAL on source tech. The only thing that may have changed is Mike no longer thinks DM is on-source, preserving LRH. This is important because protecting LRH is still Mike's top priority and he currently hasn't publicly disavowed the methods he used in OSA to protect Lron. Mike's only repeated complaint is DMs management.