Complaints have been filed with the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland over a Church of Scientology campaign to advertise course to help with job insecurity.
The print edition of The Sunday Times reports that the ASIA is investigating claims that the ads, which appear in Dublin’s train and Dart stations, are misleading.
The advertisement says “when jobs security turns into insecurity, success beings with personal efficiency”. It then advises people to “attend a course in Scientology” to get that security back.
Gerard Ryan, the Irish director of Scientology, says this is the first time Scientology courses have been advertised this way.
Frank Goodman, the ASAI chief executive said the agency had “a small number of complaints” and have decided the advertisement warrants further investigation.
“We have to follow due process and we are legally required to go to the advertiser about the complaints… we’re not taking it up on religious grounds but will see if it breaches any advertising code by being misleading”
Representatives of hacktivist group Anonymous protests outside the Dublin Scientology offices once a month. Gerard Ryan says “these protesters have no effect whatsoever…they’re just kids”