Blog: Critical Q&A 99 - 2017-03-12

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F0.png Critical Q&A #99 March 12, 2017, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

The weekly show where I answer view 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) My father and his brothers were very familiar with Scientology; even though they didn't belong to the org they studied it for years. My father passed away last week. Because of my work, it was impossible for me to attend the funeral and the cremation. I spoke with his brothers by telephone and they accused me of being ungrateful, having abandoned my father and let him die. They asked me questions (what's your game? what's your reality? what's your ethic?) that I didn't understand but I know they belong to the cult's jargon. Besides the pain for the loss, at the same time I have to face a family that accuses me of indolence and from what I see they have undertaken a sort of revenge against me. My question is, how to defend myself from a family indoctrinated by Scientology?

(2) Hi Chris, I have just finished reading Counterfeit Dreams, Blown For Good and Beyond Belief for the umpteenth time each. They are gripping stories. In BFG, Marc Headley tells of the time David Miscavige attacked him, and he started to retaliate but the group around DM swarmed about him and forced him outside to cool off. Is there anybody else who has stood up to DM? It is hard to imagine there is not even one person man enough to do this. Is DM so buff that he is like a small version of Arnold Swartzeneger? Is everybody actually physically afraid of him? I can only guess everyone is afraid of being offloaded; but why can't an off-loadee stand firm and deny him that power?