L. Ron Hubbard’s “Fair Game” Still Practiced Today
The term “Fair Game” means that those who are perceived as dissenters of The Church of Scientology are subject to harassment and intimidation by all means possible. It was invented by Hubbard to try to control dissent inside and outside the church.
The Church of Scientology has declared time and time again that it is not a cult.
Yet, when video was posted and made available on October 19, by former Scientologist, Mark “Marty” Rathbun, being harassed in a Los Angeles airport by current executives, Marc Yager, Dave Bloomberg and Jennifer Linson Devocht, who report directly to church leader, David Miscavige, the lines between religion and cult became even blurrier. Devocht can be heard saying Rathbun needs to “stop committing suppressive acts” and “nobody gives a f— about you”.
Rathbun can be heard repeatedly asking the trio, “Can you please move on?”
The Scientology website states on the subject of cults:
‘Cult’ is usually meant in a disparaging sense to imply a secret or closed group with limited membership and mysterious beliefs…
Scientology is unique in that it does not force anyone to ‘believe’ anything. Rather, Scientology maintains every individual should think for themselves. In Scientology, what is true for the individual is only what they have observed personally and know is true for them. Scientology is not authoritarian, but instead offers a technology one can use and then decide whether it works for them.
Their claim of “lack of authoritarianism” just doesn’t add up, judging by the behavior of members in this video clip of Squirrel Busters, who harass members, who routinely harass Rathbun, a BBC documentary and claims made by other former members of intimidation. They have been known to stalk and harrass former members, whom Scientologists call “Suppressive People,” or “SP’s,” and protesters who dare to be outspoken against the religion.
Perhaps they meant they are not authoritarian towards current members, but that’s a murky area too, according to Rathbun.
Rathbun became vocal against the church when he left after 27 years in 2004. Rathbun had formerly been part of the Sea Organization, boasting a crew of 5,000 or more that sail from port to port, delivering their highest ranking members to train others in “auditing” and delivering Scientology’s teachings. In an interview on Anderson Cooper 360°, Rathbun told Anderson Cooper that Miscavige, ruled with an “iron fist” claiming:
In late ’03, there was a beating every day … And if it wasn’t from him [David Miscavige] doing it, it was from him inciting others to do it to others.
Rathbun’s claim is backed by other members according to the same AC360° report:
Rathbun’s accusations are supported by other former members of the Sea Organization, the elite religious order that runs Scientology. They describe Miscavige punching, choking and kicking top aides, including the church’s onetime spokesman. But current members of the group deny those claims and say some of the accusers joined Rathbun in the abuse.
This report is now subject to a lawsuit in the UK, after complaints were filed by Miscavige and the Church of Scientology.
There is a systematic cycle of abuse waged against non-believers or disconnected members of the church, simply because they speak against the church. Leah Remini, The King of Queens co-star, has been deposed to speak against Miscavige by Rinder’s wife, Monique. Monique is accusing the Church of Scientology and Miscavige of regular surveillance, intimidation, slander and harassing behavior leveled towards her and her family, friends and co-workers.
Those within the church claim that they are actually the victims of bullying and defamation by Anonymous and disgruntled former members. The church also claims that Anonymous sent dozens of death and bomb threats — a claim the hacktivist group denies and the FBI cannot find evidence for.
Anonymous became outspoken against Scientology because they claim the leaders in the church “tear families apart” through a practice called “disconnection,” or where a person is intimidated with the prospect of losing contact with their family members if they are viewed as an SP. Tommy Davis, a spokesperson for Scientology, was caught on a secret recording warning a man named Shane Clark, who was about to be declared an SP for being employed by a neo-nazi, that his mother and brother were going to have to cut ties with him once he was excommunicated. The recordings can be found by clicking here. The Church denies claims that they practice disconnection. Clark has not had contact with his family since he left.
For Rathbun, there is little he can do to keep former members away, and because they use language specific to the church and meet him in public places, there is little law enforcement can do to stop them.