Blog: (VIDEO) Critical Q&A 59 - 2016-05-29

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F0.png (VIDEO) Critical Q&A #59 May 29, 2016, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

The weekly show where I answer questions from viewers left in the comments section of my Q&A videos or sent by email at This week, the questions I take up are:

(1) David Miscavige has a reported financial worth of $50 million dollars (U.S.) as reported by many agencies (I simply typed in "David Miscavige net worth" in the Google searchbar to find this figure) - how is this possible if he takes a minimal salary as head of the Church? How has he amassed this fortune? I really can't fathom it. Do you think this is an accurate figure? Or is it a "public" figure and his real wealth is more, hidden away in other countries, etc, perhaps real estate, gold bullion (as one book theorized) or other assets? Does he earn or take a commission on donations to the International Association of Scientologists?

(2) I wondered if you might address the ability of public Scientologists to restrict what they see or read, at the behest of other Scientologists and the organisation and how their standards in real life aren't applied to their religion. This is true of many believers, where standards of evidence for taking medicines, buying stocks or how safe a car is aren't applied to the most important spiritual questions like: is there a god?