Was Mike Rinder lying then, or is he lying now—regarding the anti-Scientology drivel he now funnels to the tabloid media?
You be the judge after reading the following verbatim quotes from Rinder when he served the Church as spokesperson.
“... Look, there is a string of these people…that goes back 25 years. Most of them you will never see again. They have their moment of glory where they make their wild allegations. They get coverage in the media. And then, they disappear. Their claims are proven to be untrue, and they’re gone.”
—Mike Rinder to BBC Panorama in 2007
“People make up outrageous, outlandish allegations. There is a reason that they make them up. The reason is because they attract attention of people like you [tabloid media]. Because they’re sensational. Because they sound very sexy. They sound very interesting.”
“The sheer volume of despicable allegations made about [the leader of the religion] are intended to create a false impression that where there is smoke there is fire. These ‘witnesses’ know only too well from their experience in the Church that the tactic of telling bigger and bolder lies has been a strategy employed against the Church in litigation for years. Tell enough lies, and make enough allegations, and an impression will be created which accomplishes the end of destroying a reputation no matter how untrue the allegations are. Public figures are especially susceptible to this fraud as any study of history shows. Jesus Christ was crucified based on the false accusations of Judas Iscariot and the prejudice of the Romans.”
“There isn’t a person in the world who disagrees with our [Scientologists’] stance on human rights, our stance on education, our stance on drugs except the drug dealers, our stance on and the positions that we take with respect to things and the work we do in the world.”
“We end up getting crapped on by the media because those things aren’t controversial, so the 99 percent of what we do, nobody talks about because it’s not controversial, the 1 percent, that gets talked about.”
In a 2007 letter to the BBC, Rinder again set the record straight:
“[W]e repeatedly requested the name of any source alleging ‘bullying’ and ‘beating.’ The only individual you name is (B.H.). You must find it at least a little strange that [he] has appeared in various media in the United States, France and the UK over the last two years and has never made this allegation before. In each case he has told stories that the media at the time wanted to hear. You are just the latest, and obviously this is what you wanted to hear from him, so he manufactured a tale.”
And finally, when Rinder was interviewed on ABC 20/20 he was asked to explain why the statements of hostile Scientologists all sounded so similar. His response explains precisely his own statements and those of the “Posse” today:
“They sat in a room, they figured out what they were going to say, they wrote their bits, they passed them around, they made sure they were consistent.”