Blog: Critical Q&A 88 - 2016-12-18

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F0.png Critical Q&A #88 December 18, 2016, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

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

(1) Question: I have heard from you and others that when Scientology is trying to sell people on the cult they say there is no problem with already being religious. That you can be Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, or anything and still join Scientology, that the religions will not conflict. This is obviously not true, especially with the upper levels beliefs on Jesus. So I have a couple of questions relating to that. When and how does the switch happen? When are people no longer allowed to participate in their old religion and how does Scientology get them to quit? Have you ever witnessed or hard about a hardcore member of another religion giving it up for Scientology or is it usually people already dissatisfied with their current religion. I am curious because the promise of keeping your current faith seems like it would be a major selling point for some but I assume Scientology has to quickly break that promises and I would think that could be tricky to do with many people. Thanks in advance for your answer.

(2) Hi Chris, I know that the cult opens and reads the mail of its members. That is a federal offense. How do they get around that?