The latest in my ongoing series where I answer questions left for me in the comments section of my Q&A videos or sent to me by email at AskChrisShelton@gmail.com. This week the questions I take up are:
(1) After Going Clear and the media backlash, the image of the Church is all but destroyed. However shadow organizations, such as Narconon, still lure in unsuspecting public. What other organizations exist that the public should be made aware of?
(2) Is there any chance of the Church of Scientology becoming a hot political item, perhaps being championed by a particular politician? Isn’t it time a well-known politician took a stand and made it clear to the Church of Scientology that it’s living on borrowed time and needs to initiate its own reforms or face investigation?
(3) Does Dave have any humanity or kindness in him? I mean look how he has treated Shelly. Do you think that he may have been a decent person if he hadn’t become a Scientologist or if he would have still been a little arsehole but maybe on a smaller scale?
I’m interested in learning about David Miscavige’s “human” side – and whether he even has one – because I don’t believe anyone can be all bad or all good. Is he ever seen to laugh – like a proper side-splitting laugh – or does he, as I picture, only do evil Mutley snickers into his sleeve while watching high ranking publics’ videoed auditing sessions? Has he ever been known to show kindness to anybody? Is it the worst-kept secret amongst the Sea Org that Laurisse Stuckenbrock is more than a glorified PA? Has anyone seen them skipping, holding hands, through the detritus of Tom and Nicole’s wildflower meadow? Does David Miscavige ever “give” or does he only ever “take away”?
(4) Did you recall much in the way of past lives in your auditing? Any past life that was really outrageous or incredible? Did the memories feel real, and now that you’re out, what are your views on the past lives that you remembered?
(5) Hi Chris, you said that believing there is no god is a belief that requires faith. What about Russel’s Teapot and the knowledge that belief is a comforting and pleasant thing for poor, rather smart mammals that are burdened with self-awareness and knowledge of their future death? In science there is never certainty (theory of gravity) but the evidence and the historical evidence seem to show that religion and the idea of god is man-made, and therefore although not 100% certain, the default position until data supports the hypothesis of theism, is atheism. I know atheism is a dirty word these days thanks to militant atheists, but what are your thoughts on being tolerant of non-harmful belief but not believing?
(6) Being as the Church of Scientology believes that the universe is trillions of years old instead of the 13.5 billion it actually is and given the whole Xenu story in OT 3, how does the Church of Scientology deal with natural history as has been deduced through science?