The weekly show where I answer your questions based on comments left on my Q&A videos or emailed to me at AskChrisShelton@gmail.com. The questions I answer this week are:
(1) Interestingly enough, there are still things about Scientology that are not so clear or I am completely in the dark about. For example “Sunday Services”. What do they do when they pretend to be a church on Sunday?
(2) In 1997 after my second divorce, I was kind of down and someone suggested to me to read the book Dianetics and I just kind a looked at him and I think I kind of shook my head no. I mean, this was a long time ago. I never read the book, I wasn’t going to. Why are there people like me that can just say no? I remember in the 80s seeing all those commercials on television and I just watched them and said, “Oh well.”
(3) If thetans don’t have a gender, then why was Ron Hubbard so anti-homosexuality? I realise that Ron is a product of his time, and there are documentaries I’ve watched that say he was anti-homosexuality because of his son. But, I guess my question is a larger one. In Christianity, souls also don’t really have a gender (the same for angels), and yet, homosexuality is a big issue there. To me, logically, if what we all truly are is a spiritual being and that being doesn’t have a gender, why would it matter to any religion that two spiritual beings choose to love each other, whatever gender their bodies take form? While the question is coded in terms of Scientology, I’m really more asking you as a critical thinker for your opinion on this.
(4) I’d love to hear more about your recent book signing in LA and how that went for you. I hope it was a success. Also, what’s next for Chris Shelton? Any plans for more books? Maybe some fiction? Any burning plans for world domination or even a nice vacation?
(5) How much did you pay to the church when you were there?
(6) I’m a never-in but I’m intrigued by the cult and its strange activities. I watch Scientology videos and I heard about “brain pills” that someone said were by all the water fountains. Do you have knowledge of these? Were they pep pills like caffine or ephedrine? Did the cult have any other strange rituals or activities that are not publicly known about? Please let us know more about what’s behind the curtain.
(7) My brother has been in Scientology since 1971 as a worker bee for the organization in exchange for auditing and other “church” services. He is married and living in a Scientology-owned apartment with another couple. My question is, does Scientology provide retirement benefits, housing, health care, end-of-life palliative care, etc., for its work staff? Or are they even allowed to “retire”?
(8) Can the person being audited see the needle on the e-meter? If he is clever, can he control the needle by tightening or relaxing his grip on the cans?
(9) Do thetans occupy animals?
(10) Hi Chris! Does the CO$ pay property taxes on all of their real estate?