The weekly show where I answer questions from viewers left in the comments section of my Q&A videos or sent by email at AskChrisShelton@gmail.com.
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This week, the questions I answer are:
(1) My question is one you have probably answered before, but I would be interested in your response: If someone who was aware of controversial aspects of the Church (contents of the OT materials, Sea Org/RPF stories, historical evidence of Hubbard’s true life story, etc) decided they wanted to become a Scientologist, how far would they get? Would the Church deem them to be irredeemable or PTS once they read ‘entheta’ and block any advancement? Or if the individual believed in the T ech and agreed with the Church’s version of events, would the Church overlook the person’s ‘transgressions’ in having read this information? Like many issues in Scientology I suspect it comes down to money with my guess being their dollars are as good as anybody’s, and the church believing it is protected through the contracts new Scientologists must sign. But your knowledge would be appreciated.
(2) Could you explain in more detail what the Scientology training really consists of? I know about auditing, but is that all that there is about it? I’ve read about word clearing and other things that didn’t make any sense to me. I am very curious to understand what do people actually do and what do they feel they achieve by doing so.
(3) What are your greatest and happiest moments in Scientology if you were to ignore that it was a Cult and all the bad experience you had inside Scientology?
(4) I’ve had the misfortune of interacting with some online Scientologists. I have found them to be at the level of teenage trolls. They hurl petty insults, accuse us of crimes, act offended by anti-Scientology comments and attempt to divert any conversation away from the wrong-doing of Scientology and onto me or other critics. Who are these people in general? Are they OSA? Are they official or public? Aren’t they in danger of losing their eternity by reading all the entheta written by critics? Are they genuinely angry or is it just an act like Tommy Davis’ mechanical “I’m angry.” speech during the Panorama special with John Sweeney. They are hardly higher spiritual beings, working towards a non-reactive mind.
(5) In the 1990’s the Exclusive Brethren made large financial contributions to the Liberal Party here in Australia (who by the way are actually conservative) to help John Howard become Prime Minister. This was in spite of the Exclusive Brethren’s teachings of not voting or having anything to do with politics. I am also well aware of the trouble the CoS had with the IRS. Is it common for destructive cults to make political donations and/or try to lobby politicians to get the laws or policies that they want or just to get the authorities off their back??
(6) Another question for you about David Miscavige. You say he’s a sociopath, and I agree – mostly. However, I’ve heard that children raised in cults will often develop a cult “shell” which is a reflection of the leader or the leader’s “ideal” cult member. Could the sociopathic, swaggering psycho we see be merely a shell, a warped version of some part of Hubbard’s ego (without the grifting savvy or the charm)? Could there, in fact, be a very tiny, very scared child inside who knows it’s all gone bad, and, like the sorcerer’s apprentice, doesn’t know how to stop the ride?
(7) Hey Chris, I am sure that there is a bit of PTSD from the exposure to such hubristic people. I think that you are doing great in your recovery. Do you have triggers in your recovery that bring flashback memories?
(8) If Tom Cruise actually blows do you think Scientology will fair game him? Or do you think they will put as much dirt as they possibly can about him.