What percentage of Scientologists grew up in Scientology? What percentage of the children of Scientologists followed their parents into Scientology?
Critical thinking is good, right?
In the same way that asking critical thinking questions can get you out of Scientology, asking critical thinking questions can get you out of Anti-Scientology, too. It can restore a lot of an Ex-Scientologist’s self-worth after becoming emotionally manipulated by anti-Scientology and adopting the anticult movement’s self-destructive beliefs on ‘brainwashing’.
If the answer to this question is “90% of children in Scientology families followed their parents into Scientology”, then it tends to support the idea that 2nd generation Scientologists were “brainwashed” into joining. They had no choice – it’s all they knew, etc etc. Which is what you hear a lot of on “Scientology and the Aftermath”.
Both Leah Remini and Chris Shelton, 2nd generation Celebrity Anti-Scientologists, have blamed their mothers for getting them involved in Scientology.
But if the answer to this question is closer to “10-20% of children who grew up in Scientology families followed their parents into Scientology”, then it would tend to support the idea that they were not brainwashed into Scientology, and that they did have a choice in joining.
I think it’s an important critical thinking question to consider.