Breaking Away from the Church of Scientology: Reading Marty Rathbun's Manifesto - 2012-07-16
Between 2004 and 2007, Scientology experienced several defections by high-ranking executives who later wrote books about breaking away from what they characterized as a dangerous and pathological organization.
But for many of us who watch Scientology, it is one defector in particular whose story we've been waiting to read.
In 2004, Mark 'Marty' Rathbun left Scientology after being a member for 27 years. Until he left, he had reached the position of Inspector General-Ethics of the Religious Technology Center, which is a convoluted way of saying that he was for all practical purposes the second-highest ranking executive in the church, and one of its most intimidating.