Blog: Critical Q&A 194 - 2019-01-13

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F0.png Critical Q&A #194 January 13, 2019, 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 This week, the questions I answer are:

(1) If someone comes in to Scientology and says they are L. Ron Hubbard reborn, how does Scientology authenticate the claim? Or if someone young comes in to an Org and says they were in Scientology in a past life and have already signed a billion year contract, what would they do? If somehow proven true (yeah, right!), do they have to sign up for another billion years? Is there some written procedure to follow in either case?

(2) I was watching Ron Miscavige's podcast recently and he mentioned a policy document of Ron Hubbard's called "The Responsibility of Leaders" in which Hubbard cites examples of tactics a leader needs to master including violence, murder, rape, child abuse and so on. He apparently states that a leader should have subordinates under him who are willing to do illegal things and not tell the leader, so as not to compromise him. One example is murder, another blackmail, he says and then asserts that David Miscavige used this policy letter as his Bible, finding Hubbard stating that ruthlessness is an important trait for a leader to have. Firstly, this seems a very Hitleresque kind of view of leadership and what is also Hitleresque is the lack of reciprocity - the subordinate must be prepared to risk all for the leader but the leadership takes no responsibility for any personal trouble the subordinate may incur. If this is really so, it is a very destructive view of management and leadership and good for anyone interested in Scientology to be very clear about. I'd appreciate your thoughts on this.