Blog: Critical Q&A 168 - 2018-07-15

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F0.png Critical Q&A #168 July 15, 2018, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

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

(1) Some time ago, you posted a video of your conversation with Nora Crest. One story Nora told was about having a conversation with a friend from before Scientology who was on active duty in the U.S. Navy at the time of the conversation. She recalls him being offended by her Sea Org uniform. Have you heard similar stories from other Sea Org members? A lot, a few, none other than Nora's? Any personal experience or comments?

(2) I have a background of being a Fundamentalist Bible-believing Christian. It's awkward to admit, but I bought it hook line and sinker to the point that I thought that there were even Satanist Illuminati conspiracies. In fact there was certain brands, music and other things I'd avoid as if I could catch Satanism from them or something. You can imagine how funny it was to me when I found out the Church of Satan is actually an athiest activist group. With the conspiracy mindset of the Church of Scientology, did you have similar experiences in avoiding certain things? I heard one former Scientologist saying that their mother would always buy those cheap off-brand generic plasters instead of Band-Aids, because apparently Johnson & Johnson has a large psychiatric drug business and she didn't want to give them money. Did you ever experience or see anything like that, or is that example more of an outlier?