Blog: Critical Q&A 157 - 2018-04-29

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F0.png Critical Q&A #157 April 29, 2018, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

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

(1) There were yellow jacket wearing 'Volunteer Ministers' in my community doing their thing, giving people flyers and pointing people toward their tent this weekend. One of them came up to me and I made a joke at the guy indicating that I had seen them running around the area all weekend, figuring they were a union or political group. He said "If there is something troubling you in life, there is something that can be done about it." This was his sales pitch, and I guess I asked "What do you mean?" or "What's this about?" and the man abruptly replied, "It's Scientology." I was surprised by his bluntness. No front group, just right into the main line. I was polite, but I walked away. I worry about seeing them again, about being pestered when I go by because I frequent the area they were in regularly. I am not aware of any Org in my city. I did not go into the tent, I did not give anyone my personal information. Do I have need to be worried about any future encounters?

(2) Watching the Zuckerberg hearing and I was curious as to your thoughts on the matter. Western social media has an observable political bias and while your personal politics may align with this bias, your cult awareness content could be placed in the ever increasing and nebulous umbrella of what they consider hate speech. Does this concern you? Given Zuckerburg's testimony and the recent political comments by Jack Dorsey and the value you place on critical thought and the vigorous exchange of ideas, do you feel any obligation to call attention to what many see as an organized effort to obstruct certain speech on these platforms?