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I was watching TV last night here in the UK and the adverts rolled on ITV (one of our TV channels here in the UK), I watched one of the averts and it
seemed weird, was talking about people being themselves and it didn't seem to have a product, as it ended the words Scientology.org was displayed.
I did a double take, an advert for a cult on TV?
As its a 'church' I thought that they were one of the items that could not advertise themselves on TV or in magazines or papers. You can have
programmes about religion but not adverts inviting you to it, and this is what this advert was.
Am I wrong regarding this?
EDIT: See update at the bottom or carry on reading
But even if I am is it morally right for a religion or faith system to force themselves on you, surely religion should be a choice a person goes
looking for and not the other way around. For me religion is already far too pushed in your face, children in school being given RE lessons, people
cold calling at your door etc etc.
I simply cannot believe ITV taking their money considering what other governments in different countries showing a disapproval of the workings of
Scientology in their countries. If the reports of boot camps where followers are mentally and physically abused for daring to think on their own are
true then the bloody thing should be closed down let alone allowed to advertise.
I also have to wonder just how it managed to get so many big names who pay top dollar to get higher up in the Church with such a stunningly mind
blowing creation story, at least Islam Christian and Jewish religion follow human related stories that have some semblance of normality but
Scientology with its Aliens in Volcano's etc is just too weird, its exactly what you might expect from the creator being a science fiction writer but
to the average person surely its just nuts?
Seems not as they have a rather unhealthy number of followers, mind you these people are made to give up their deepest darkest secrets as part of the
Church, stuff that I'm sure is used as a simple blackmail to make them stay.
I'm sure Tom Cruises file is very interesting indeed.
But to return more to my topic, its just mind blowing that ITV took their money and agreed to screen this advert at prime time knowing the background
behind this cult. I'm also sure there are regulations against this sort of advert which is why I'm asking you knowledgeable people.
Seems they legally could do the advert according to a nice story in the Independent newspaper, worth a read for the background on a previous attempt
to screen an advert.
I still say its morally wrong!
edit on 16-2-2013 by Mclaneinc because: (no reason