Blog: Critical Q&A 174 - 2018-08-26

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F0.png Critical Q&A #174 August 26, 2018, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

The weekly show where I answer viewer questions from the comments section of my Q&A videos or sent to me by email at AskChrisShelton@gmail.com. This week, the questions I answer are:

(1) While in the Sea Org did you come across other groups similar to Scientology using international waters to evade their respective government? Also would you equate Hubbard's Sea Org to Jim Jones' Jonestown? I guess what I'm asking is would you consider the ship used as an isolation tool?

(2) Hey there Chris, as a supporter of freedom of expression I'm a little concerned with the mass de-platforming of Alex Jones. Let me preface the following by stating that I am not a fan of Alex Jones. I do not align with his politics or his wacky theories but the manner in which he was removed from these platforms, the reason it was done and the speed it was done give me cause for concern. Of course a company has a right to refuse service (interesting that American liberals happily apply this to massive tech companies and not a tiny cake shop) but doesn't it concern you for the precedent being established? That for vague, nebulous and often unstated reasons, one's opinion can be deemed "wrong" and simply scrubbed from social media? You've talked often about how Scientology hijacks the genuine compassion of its members for self-serving purposes. I wonder if you can see how often the political Left in America also does this. I watched Bill Maher's audience (of self-identified liberals) cheer for censorship and then watch as a room full of presumably educated adults had to be informed that free speech means the right to say something they might not like. This whole scenario saddens me, as I see the self-proclaimed "party of the people" eroding liberty and then cheering about it.