Blog: Critical Q&A 171 - 2018-08-05

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F0.png Critical Q&A #171 August 5, 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 answer are:

(1) Do you ever worry or feel that OSA may, in fact, spend money on fake Patreons for you, or does that explicitly contravene the edict that an ex-member/SP may be "ruined utterly"? The way the policy is applied certainly does not seem to be either equal or make sense to me - for example, an OSA operative infiltrated some people's business for several years while being quite a good sales person & was therefore temporary an asset for them (I seem to recall). Actually, there are countless instances of this "policy" being applied rather haphazardly, so perhaps the question above isn't that silly after all!

(2) In your Santa Barbara years, have you ever come across a dude named Reed Slatkin? He worked at the Celebrity Center between approximately 1975 and 1984, then moved to Santa Barbara and started offering investment management services to fellow Scientologists (among the high-profile Scientologists he roped in were Anne Archer, Giovanni Ribisi, Greta Van Susteren, and Sky Dayton). In reality, it was a Ponzi scheme, which gradually unraveled between mid-1990s and 2001, when he was arrested. He pleaded guilty in 2003 (he actually claimed something along the lines of "Scientology made me do it", but the Church retained Latham & Watkins to fight the allegations). He was sentenced to 14 years of prison, served ten, was released to a halfway house in Long Beach in 2013, and died in 2015.