Last night, the U.K.'s Channel 4 aired a special called Scientologists at War, which profiled the Church of Scientology's former Inspector General of the Religious Technology Center, Marty Rathbun. Once a spiritual mentor to the likes of Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, and Greta Van Susteren, Rathbun left the church in 2004 to practice Scientology independently. He runs a blog called Moving On Up a Little Higher, and has been vocal regarding his displeasure over many of the Church's practices. He says this has resulted in harassment.
Last year, footage of such harassment by a group calling themselves the Squirrel Busters went viral. Scientologists at War showed some more of the Squirrel Busters in action, including discussions of Rathbun's sex-toy preferences and a surreal scene in which one cackles with glee when Rathbun turns his sprinklers on her group. The reaction is Westboro Baptist Church-levels of demented-giddy provocation.
The Church of Scientology's various responses to Rathbun's and the documentary's accusations, as well as the Busters' actions, made up the wacky postscript of Scientologists at War. Here it is in full:
The Church of Scientology states that Marty Rathbun has never been part of its ecclesiastical management and although he has been publicly attacking the Church for four years, his claims have had no discernable effect whatsoever. It says there is no evidence of a global independent movement and the Israeli mission in Haifa only ever numbered a few people and that some have since rejoined the Church. The Church of Scientology states there is nothing inappropriate about using sustained legal pressure to obtain legal redress and that the idea harassment was used to achieve tax-exempt status is “obvious nonsense.” It also denies sending the Squirrel Busters. While acknowledging that some were Scientologists, Squirrel Busters Productions is a wholly separate organization. The Church of Scientology denies putting Marty under surveillance but admits conducting a legal investigation into him “in furtherance of potential ligation.”
Rathbun has also posted footage on YouTube of him turning an actual hose on Squirrel Busters to the tune of "Car Wash." He uses the Christina Aguilera/Missy Elliott version from Shark Tale and not Rose Royce's original, so I don't know if he can be fully trusted. He has also posted the entire Scientologists at War documentary on his blog.