Blog: Critical Q&A 139 - 2017-12-17

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F0.png Critical Q&A #139 December 17, 2017, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

The weekly show where I answer viewer questions left in the comments sections of my Critical Q&A videos or sent to me by email to This week, the questions I answer are:

(1) How does the Church of Scientology decide where to establish a presence in a new area? Scientology critics like yourself, Mike Rinder and Leah Remini state the Church is after money and that one needs a lot of money in order to go up The Bridge. Well Mike Rinder posted a poster of speakers coming from the Cincinnati org to the Cleveland Mission on December 2. The Scientology Cleveland Mission is in Parma, a suburb of Cleveland and as blue collar as you can get. One would think they would try to establish themselves either downtown or in a white collar suburb. If the Church of Scientology has all this money, then renting or paying for property in a high rent/high priced district should not be any problem.

(2) I have a question that I hope is not too personal. I mean no disrespect to you Chris. In Scientology statistics are very important, whether you are considered a good person or not is dependent on production and expansion. The work you do now is also very statistics driven: how many views, likes, shares and pledges. Do you have trouble applying old feelings to new circumstances? Do you avoid looking at your stats on Thursdays or have other protocols to avoid doing what Scientology told you to do and think vis-a-vis statistics?