Podcast Ep. 90: Chris Shelton, Former Scientologist

Our latest podcast guest is Chris Shelton, a man who spent 27 years in the Church of Scientology. Shelton attained those high levels you only hear about in HBO documentaries, but he got out about three years ago and is now a vocal critic of the Church.

He just published a book called Scientology: A to Xenu: An Insider’s Guide to What Scientology is All About.


We spoke with Chris about what tipped him off to the Church’s deceptions, what he was taught about Xenu, and what he believes would be the single biggest blow to the Church’s existence.

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Franklin Graham: Atheist Lawsuit Against “In God We Trust” on Money Spells Doom for the Nation

Since Michael Newdow filed a lawsuit last week to remove “In God We Trust” on U.S. currency, Christian conservatives have been freaking out as if 1) this will actually work and 2) society would collapse if it did.

Franklin Graham is the latest to say the sky is falling:


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Forget the Advice on Cracked; These Atheist Arguments Can Genuinely Help People

Writing for Cracked, atheist Luke McKinney offers a list of arguments that we should stop making because they’re ineffective at winning people over to our side. Or, to put it in his words, they’re “not helping anyone.”

That’s a fair premise. If there are things we say that are off-putting, let’s educate ourselves and stop perpetuating those ideas.

But the list he presents is far off the mark.


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President Obama to YouTuber: I Educate Myself in a Manner “Consistent with the Scientific Method”

President Obama was interviewed by a few popular YouTubers the other day, and most of the media attention has been focused on his answers to a couple of obviously pressing questions.

Kendrick Lamar or Drake? (Kendrick, of course.)

If a dog wore pants, how would he wear them? (Like this.)

But lost in that shuffle was a genuinely interesting comment Obama made, in response to a question by Destin Sandlin, about how he informs himself and makes judgments when he’s not an expert in a particular area.

Asking God for divine guidance didn’t enter into his response, but science sure as hell did (18:55 mark):


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Religion is Bad Enough, but This Makes It Even Worse

If only you could ignore the most annoying aspects of religion, it wouldn’t be all that bad!

Sweet sentiment, isn’t it?


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