Dublin Comic Con goers voice concern over Church of Scientology hosting art competition at event

https://extra.ie/2019/08/12/news/irish-news/dublin-comic-con-scientology

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Emma CostelloBy Emma Costello

 

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Diana Stahl, from the Church of Scientology, has released a statement regarding the art competition.

‘To all critics of this initiative, self proclaimed experts and general complainers I have one question: what did you do about the drug problem?’

What I did was to make people aware that getting involved with Scientology is like getting hooked on drugs. Because they use these events to not educate the public about drugs but to recruit people to Scientology.

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The Church of Scientology had a stand at Dublin Comic Con. Pic: Supplied

 

There was concern among Dublin Comic Con attendees over a Church of Scientology stand at the convention.

The weekend event brings comic book and pop culture fans from all over Ireland to the city centre.

However, there were some who were upset to see the Church of Scientology were at the event.

The Church of Scientology had a stand at Dublin Comic Con.

The organisation was handing out flyers to promote their art competition.

The flyer’s design had a comic book style and a colourful font reading: ‘Comic art competition.’

In smaller writing, it read: ‘By Scientology Community Centre of Dublin.’

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Members of the Scientology community were handing out flyers for an art competition. Pic: Supplied

 

 

The flyer claims the winner of this art competition will win an Intuos Pro Pen tablet and the tagline for the competition is, ‘Do art, not drugs’.

The Church of Scientology’s website Drug Free World is advertised on the flyer.

The flyer claims the winner of the art competition will win an art tablet. Pic: Supplied

One convention goer, who asked to remain anonymous, told Extra.ie: ‘It was incredibly uncomfortable and concerning as the number of kids being signed up at the table without knowing exactly what Scientology is.

‘They tried to recruit me but I point blank refused.

 

 

The stall has a signup sheet for children to enter the competition with their e-mail address, one convention goer said. Pic: Supplied

‘I personally think they were using the innocence of an art competition to try and get people into the Scientology church.’

They added: ‘The stall was on the main floor where all the shops are set up, it’s the busiest part of the convention and where gets the most people traffic.’

The Scientology group had flyers promoting their website.

Church of Scientology’s Diana Stahl released a statement regarding the art competition.

It read: ‘In a country where two people die of drug related deaths every day and 65pc of young professionals report experience with addiction — either personally or through a friend, colleague or a loved one, we are aiming to educate people on the subject of drugs.

‘One would think common sense dictates that something must be done about it, regardless of faith, race, colour or sex.

Diana Stahl, from the Church of Scientology, has released a statement regarding the art competition.

‘The Scientology Community Centre launched a competition for artists to create a new drug-free Superhero based on the Truth About Drugs campaign which the Church of Scientology has been supporting internationally for decades.

‘The purpose is to educate and hence empower people to make informed choices about drugs, no matter if they are Scientologists, Catholics, Muslims, religious at all, atheists, male, female, trans, asexual, foreign, local, actual artists, real or self proclaimed superheros.

‘With the gracious help of Wonder Woman, Spiderman and Thor the Truth About Drugs stand at the Comic Con Dublin was a raving success with over 150 applying to participate in the competition.

‘To all critics of this initiative, self proclaimed experts and general complainers I have one question: what did you do about the drug problem?’

Dublin Comic Con declined to comment.

One Response

  1. “‘I personally think they were using the innocence of an art competition to try and get people into the Scientology church”. That is the motivation for all religious organisations. For example, the catholic church feigns interest in young peoples welfare, when the motivation is to control their minds and retain them as members of that cult. The same organisation also feigns interest in elderly people and control old peoples homes and hospitals and even appear altruistic, when in fact the principal motivation of the cult is to be the beneficiary of the money and property of the people in their care.

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