Blog: Critical Q&A 143 - 2018-01-14

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F0.png Critical Q&A #143 January 14, 2018, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

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

(1) Ex-Scientologist here. I have a bit of a tin-foil hat theory that I would like to share. During my time as a Scientologist, I never made it to any advanced lectures like the Congresses, but from what I have studied it seems like there are dozens of examples of missing audio scattered throughout many of his lectures. Do you think that there might have been an intentional purge of what the Church believes to be unfavorable statements or opinions from these lectures? It feels like a stretch to be honest, since I'm sure in reality it was probably just cheap equipment. What do you think? Do you have any examples, perhaps even entire books and lectures that the Church is trying to make everyone forget about? Thanks for indulging me!

(2) Could you describe how it is in the Sea Org when you get older? Is there retirement? Or a pension plan? Or a reduced work program? Is there a Sea Org cemetery? Burial at sea? Are these expenses paid for? Perhaps these issues have changed over the decades since the start of the Sea Org. Can you comment on any changes with these topics over the years?