Blog: Critical Q&A 92 - 2017-01-15

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F0.png Critical Q&A #92 January 15, 2017, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

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

(1) Dear Chris, I have watched all your Q&A and I have heard you saying many times that Sea Org members can leave the COS whenever they want, no one is stopping them except their own beliefs (they don't want to disconnect from their loved ones inside the Scientology, pay the debt, etc). I recently saw the 5th episode of "Leah Remini, Scientology and the Aftermath" and I remember how Marc Headley both had to escape from the Base. They also describe how others escaped and some were caught and brought back. So how is it that you say that they can leave whenever they want (if they decide to go)?! Other members caught them and bring them back by force!

(2) What happens in cases when there is disconnection and child custody comes into play? As you know, legally the parent without custodian rights needs to still pay for child support. At least here in California, I know the laws on child support are very strictly enforced. Does the church discourage people from paying or accepting child support?