Marty Rathbun defends Scientology leader David Miscavige as he trashes tell-all memoir 'Ruthless' - 2016-09-01
Late last night, Marty Rathbun posted at his blog a lengthy broadside criticizing Ron Miscavige's memoir, Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me.
The book came out in May and describes how Ron Miscavige introduced his son, church leader David Miscavige, to Scientology in 1969 as they looked for a solution to the 9-year-old's asthma. The entire family eventually got into Scientology and moved to England to pursue courses and so David could become an auditor. After returning to the US, David got close to Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and eventually, after Hubbard's death in 1986, took over the organization. In 1985, Ron, a musician, joined the "Sea Org" and played trumpet and led Scientology's orchestra, which played frequently at church events around the world. But eventually, as Ron describes in his book, he became disaffected with Scientology under the dictatorial rule of his son, and in March 2012 he and his wife Becky Bigelow escaped from a compound near Hemet, California.
After that escape, Ron learned that his son had assigned private investigators to follow him, and David also instructed his sisters, Denise and Lori, to cut off ties with their father. That's what motivated him, Ron says, to write his book and reveal what a totalitarian ruler his son had become. His book was a bestseller, and it was featured on a highly watched episode of ABC's 20/20 program.