Marty Rathbun formerly a high ranking member of The Church of Scientology, who claims to have “audited” (counseled) members as important as Tom Cruise and be privy to its innermost secrets as well as a key figure in the organization’s efforts to fend off curious reporters was arrested yesterday. Until 2004 when he left the organisation Rathburn was one of the highest ranking executives at the Church of Scientology. In 2009 he started publically questioning and criticising the leadership of David Miscavige on his blog.
At about 5:30 pm, a San Patricio County deputy sheriff showed up at Marty Rathbun’s house and took him into custody for a Class A misdemeanor arrest warrant. Four hours later, he was released. Some have suggested that Rathbuns arrest is the latest twist in a long running series of bizarre run ins between Rathbun and Scientology including doorstepping Rathbun at his house with cameras strapped to their heads.
Rathburn “blew” (defected) from the church a few years back and seems to have been a thorn in the side of the Church of Scientology ever since and subject to campaigns of intimidation and harassment by the church. He still believes in the philosophy of L. Ron Hubbard but is disenchanted with the direction and leadership of the official “church”. Over the past few years has been a vocal supported of the Free Zone groups and encouraged members of the Church of Scientology to leave and join these groups whose members are labelled squirrels by the official “church”. Rathburns encouragement of people to leave the church seems to represent a threat to their business model particularly at a time when the church faces dwindling membership.
There are guides available online for those who wish to leave scientology and for those who wish to continue to worship as Scientologists but outside the church information about the Free Zone can be found here.
Further information on the Church of Scientology and some of its more controversial activities can be found here.
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