Blog: (VIDEO) Scientology and Beyond: Intolerance and Extremism - 2016-06-09

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F0.png (VIDEO) Scientology and Beyond: Intolerance and Extremism June 9, 2016, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

Attending the Reason Rally this past weekend was an amazing experience and educational in ways that went far beyond what I think the organizers intended. I've been quite angered over the past couple of weeks as some things have started coming to light for me which I would like to start to share with you. None of what I'm about to say is meant to tarnish or paint any broad group of people or activists with the hate brush or say that I'm in any way against equal rights for everyone. I think I've made it pretty clear on my channel so far that I am an ardent supporter of anyone being who and what they want to be so long as that doesn't harm anyone else or infringe on basic human rights for everyone.

Being a critical thinker and doing my best to apply those principles to my life, I've tried to keep an open mind about things, especially those that I am not an expert in. I am someone who admittedly led a cloistered life until just a few years ago since I lived in the bubble world of Scientology's Sea Organization. I spent quite a bit of time off the beaten path of the world's news and social internet world.

One of the many unexpected and unpredictable consequences of coming out of that world was a kind of culture shock and reality adjustment that comes with immersing oneself in social media. In a way, this has its advantages because I have had the viewpoint of a "stranger in a strange land" - someone who gets to see a lot of this for the first time and wonder just what the hell it's all about.