The weekly show where I answer question from viewers that were left 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 and answer are:
(1) I’m sure that you’re familiar with this quote by Martin Niemoller:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.
I use this quote because I have devout friends who are members of other religions who are muted in their response to Scientology’s evils, because they feel that although Scientology is low hanging fruit and easy to demonize, the anti-Scion movement is populated not only with ex-scions, but also with new atheists and others interested in wiping out all churches via loss of tax status and other government privileges. So members of other religions — who in my experience are among the first to mobilize against slavery, child labor and lack of education — put up no challenge to Scientology, because it is a bulwark against attacks against all churches in general. I’m interested in your thoughts here because you are vehemently against Scientology, but it is not clear that you’re an atheist.
(2) Why isn’t more attention given to the fact Tommy Davis is gone? Between the John Sweeney incident, Australian TV reports, CNN interview and the taped conversation with Larry Anderson I would think this would be more discussed amongst Scientology critics. I have to think there would be a line of people waiting to rub it in his face that Scientology seems to have not worked for him. Why isn’t this examined more?
(3) I was reading a comment by /u/Echo1886 on reddit and he gave an example of how Scientology manipulates the definitions of words to “terminate exits” (I think I got that right). His example was the word reasonable. Have you already addressed the significance of hijacking that word?
(4) Wouldn’t the Youth for Human Rights group be considered a child evangelism tool. I know they specifically say they don’t target children for “parishioners”, but this clearly sounds like a children’s outreach; a very well designed and constructed way to create contact and dialogue with children in a way that gets them the audience in a very “neutral” situation. Like you said, the human rights lessons aren’t bad at all, but of course (I always think “Stress test”) they will incorporate their message.
(5) If Scientologists believe when they die they come back to serve the church per their billion year contract, then why isn’t Hubbard back and running the church? He would be 30 now and should be more than able to take over leadership of the church again. Or how do they explain why he isn’t back? I really enjoy your channel keep up the great work.
(6) How likely are Scientologists to seek mental health support once they get out, given that they’ve been told such horrible stories about psychologists, therapy, meds, etc?
(7) Do you see some of the tech techniques being used by any of the Presidential candidates? I thought Carly Fiorina and Ted Cruz were utilizing Scientology tech.
(8) Hi Chris! I was wondering about the sense of guilt presence in the Scientology cult. Does a Scientologist believe that if he does not behave according to the Scientology principles he will suffer any sort of “supernatural” consequences? For example, if a Scientologist takes a psychiatric drug or watches one of your videos, besides the actual risk of getting caught, does he perceive it as a form of “sin” Xenu, Ron Hubbard or any Scientologist God in the afterworld will punish him for?