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  • Religion News: Church of Scientology ad riles Super Bowl viewers

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  • If you happened to be living in a major TV market while watching the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, you may have caught the Church of Scientology’s latest ad.
    The ad is similar in spirit to the one that ran during last year’s Super Bowl in some cities, and was uploaded to the Church of Scientology’s official YouTube channel (youtube.com/ChurchofScientology) in January. Part of the church’s “Knowledge” campaign, it’s titled “Spiritual Technology” and begins with picturesque scenes of space, mountains and lightning, with a voiceover.
    “Imagine science and religion, connecting,” the ad states. “Imagine technology and spirituality, combining. Now imagine that everything you ever imagined is possible. Scientology: There are higher states of existence.”
    The Church of Scientology purchased local TV advertising in several major spot markets during breaks saved for regional advertisers and local channel advertising, according to news reports — and they didn’t necessarily pay the typical Super Bowl ad price tag. Some Twitter users called the ad “creepy” after it aired.
    An advertorial package promoting the Church published by The Atlantic in January 2013 also drew negative responses, prompting the magazine to remove the post. The package ran about the same time Lawrence Wright’s book, “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief,” was released on Jan. 17 of that year. The book features more than 200 interviews about the controversial religion.
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