Blog: Critical Q&A 103 - 2017-04-09

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F0.png Critical Q&A #103 April 9, 2017, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

The weekly show where I answer viewer's questions based on what they've left for me in the comments section of my Q&A videos or sent to me by email at This week, the questions I answer are:

(1) I'm no lawyer so can you explain how the Church of Scientology can hide behind the US First Amendment for all of its abuses? I would think that in the "free exercise of religion" you would still have to abide by the law regardless of whether the person is/was a member or not.

(2) I heard an amusing story on the Surviving Scientology podcast about Sea Org member Jeff Walker who escaped the Int Base and got Riverside County Sheriff's deputies to escort him back in to retrieve his belongings. Since they obviously can't try to detain him in front of law enforcement, the Sea Org had to just stand and watch. A police escort strikes me as a brilliant and seemingly foolproof way to make an easy break, yet this is the only example I've ever heard of this strategy being used. There is the drawback of it being guaranteed to get you declared, but anyone who blows instead of routing out gets declared anyway, right? Am I missing something here? It seems to me this should be a common practice.