Blog: Critical Q&A 115 - 2017-07-02

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F0.png Critical Q&A #115 July 2, 2017, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

(1) What are your thoughts on Australia's census showing Scientology has lost a third of its members in that country over the last decade? Is it faster than you expected? Is there anything David Miscavige can do to slow or even reverse this declining membership trend?

(2) If Marty Rathbun's new anti-anti-Scientology videos are meant for those who are still in Scientology, then those Scientology folks are finding out about what Lawrence Wright has written, what Leah Remini is saying, etc. Isn't this dangerous (either by exposing members to info that harms their efforts working up the Bridge OR by exposing them to info that might make them question their membership in Scientology)?

(3) I have a friend who is an avid Scientologist and who recently went Clear. It got me thinking about how people really feel or 'expect' they should feel after going Clear. Does their relationship with others change much or do they feel they should be able to 'read' others' tone levels, have the ability to fix flawed relationships, or that life in general is completely different from the moment they attest? It's hard for me to believe that the euphoria they feel initially really lasts, and if that's the case, do they feel a sense of let-down, or do they just ignore it and shrug it off, explaining it away to something else?