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Google AdSense is serving up ads from the Church of Scientology, the cult/religion founded by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard — and Seth Weintraub, for one, can’t seem to ban them from his site. Weintraub’s Macintosh rumors page, 9to5Mac, might seem an odd place for Scientology […]

scientologyadGoogle AdSense is serving up ads from the Church of Scientology, the cult/religion founded by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard — and Seth Weintraub, for one, can’t seem to ban them from his site. Weintraub’s Macintosh rumors page, 9to5Mac, might seem an odd place for Scientology to advertise, but the Church is in the midst of a multimillion-dollar ad blitz to promote the organization.

Weintraub noted that he didn’t have a problem with any advertiser in particular, until his readers started complaining about the adverts, especially since he hadn’t noticed any rise in ad revenue. However, when he attempted to rid his site of the ads with competitive URL filtering — one of the tools Google gives its AdSense users, they had no effect. Weintraub writes in Computerworld, “I’ve…put every Scientology URL in the filter. To no avail. The Scientology ads keep coming.” It seems this isn’t a new problem, either; other users have been having similar problems dating back to February.

Even Wired Online, which wrote an article about the backlash against the campaign, couldn’t escape the ads. Condé Nast Executive Director Josh Stinchcomb told Wired’s Epicenter blog that the Scientology ads showing up on Wired.com were delivered through Google’s AdSense service. Google didn’t respond to requests for comment.

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  1. And if it’s not Scientology itself, it’s a Scientology front group like Narconon. Those Narconon ads are everywhere, usually deceptively hiding behind another name.

    What’s really annoying is how Google News indexes all the
    Scientology public relations releases, as if they were actually news. Scientology starts churning those out whenever some negative story appears, to bury it.

    Anyways, the Scientology Office of Special Affairs internet
    patrollers will show up soon to comment here and explain this.

  2. How SP of Mr. Weintraub. He needs to get clear.

  3. Online Money Update Tuesday, July 7, 2009

    As much as people are getting frustrated about this topic which is starting to appear in a large number of articles now… I am a very positive person and you must look for the positive in every situation.

    For people like me who focus on making money from their websites, than this is an area that we can get some money out of Scientology group… haha! (Jokes).

    Happy making money online!

  4. Freedom of speech is good, so long as it isn’t Scientology’s. Is that what I’m hearing here?
    Isn’t strange that those who love the freedoms of the internet cannot see past their own (ill founded) prejudices.
    If you are took time to read the Scientology philosophy I think you might find a real effort to combine the wisdom of the ages into an applicable philosophical/religious movement. One that acknowledges the goodness of mankind and doesn’t try to say that some god is going to take care of it all. Scientology offers an insight into one’s spiritual self one rarely glimpses at in this over-mechanised materialistic world. That’s refreshing and for one, I think it is needed.

    1. Freedom of speech, as in, the First Amendment, only applies to the government abridging your rights to express your opinion. Weintraub has the right to refuse any advertisement he wishes, as does any other site or publication.

      1. Dear Jordan,

        You’re right, you have the right to filter any ads you want, but above comments show prejudice. Are we a free country ?

    2. Overly mechanized world? LOL. You ain’t seen nothing yet squire.

      And what about the e-meter? Is that not a machine? Maybe you should read up on Scientology yourself before your comment about it. Try a few independent sources like WIKIPEDIA as well.

      1. FINNIGAN – there is NOTHING independent about Wikipedia. Its bias stretches WAY beyond Scientology.

        Propaganda.

        1984.

        John

    3. lol dumbass scientologists

    4. “Scientology offers an insight into one’s spiritual self one rarely glimpses at in this over-mechanised materialistic world”

      And you can have all that for…wait, there’s more!!

      For the low low price of $999999999999999999999999 we will also throw in two ginsu knifes ABSOLUTELY FREE!!

      I think I’ve seen you Andrew, weren’t you in charge of the basketball throw at the county fair or was that the ring toss?

      1. You know Andrew, you might make more money working for Obama selling that Healthcare plan…you’re pretty good at pulling the sheet over people’s eyes. There just might be a place for you in gov’t.

  5. Does David Miscavige think he can repair his own reputation, so thoroughly trashed in the courtrooms, the media, the streets and in his own orgs, by spending the entire IAS slush fund on flash ads for the cult he drove into the ground?

    One big ad campaign is not going to save 23 years of incompetent management.

  6. James Lightfield Tuesday, July 7, 2009

    As is typical of the shills for the psych/drug industries — many who who write under the “Anonymous” banner — they try and create some mystery using “front groups” when it is well known that L Ron Hubbard developed workable solutions and these are licensed to both the Churches of Scientology and to the non-religious social groups. Nothing hidden.

    Of course, the psych/drug industry shills are expected to do this — afterall they are of one-lifers: those brainwashed into thinking they die when the body dies.

    1. notice how this scientology commentor mentions nothing about the article and instead lies about science. L Ron never got an accreditted degree from any accreditted college. Next, I will be calleda bigot, racist, and intolerant of religion by the scientologists because I dared to question them,

      1. ANONYMOUS – How BOLD you are!

        You have the courage to question scientologists, but a) do not have the courage to give yourself a name and b) have no clue how to spell “accredited.”

        Give your name and I might take what you say a little more seriously.

        John Davis

    2. Newsflash James: Your cult isn’t the only group that believes in reincarnation. Get over yourself.
      It is also really silly of you to assume that anybody speaking out against a highly controversial cult with a documented history of criminal activity are in cahoots with “big pharma.”

  7. I make a point of following every link. They get charged for it and it screws up their stats. Many others are doing the same and it has to start costing. Xenu must have messed up my tech

    1. I like your style, Frank. I think I’m going to do that too.

  8. no matter what they do, scidiots are soon gonna disappear due to the word wide web – even if they use it for promotion, it will have a backlash. always and forever. and that’s good.

  9. Scientology and Google adsense ads – Why We Protest | Activism Forum Wednesday, July 8, 2009

    [...] Re: Scientology and Google adsense ads Some website owners are not happy about not being able to filter out the ads and starting to ask WTF. Scientology Ads Take Over the Web [...]

  10. “Freedom of speech is good, so long as it isn’t Scientology’s. Is that what I’m hearing here?”

    No, that’s just something you’ve made up, knowing full well
    that Scientology is a fascist organization that hates free
    speech. People have read what L Ron said about free speech, that’s why they’re scared. You Scientologists are the ones
    who attempted to frame journalists Paullete Cooper for bomb threats for writing a book a book about you. Here’s what
    L Ron had to say about the press and their free speech.

    “We are not interested in sensationalism personalities, or the complexity of Scientology methodology being discussed by the general public. At a subdivision of this, we do not want Scientology to be reported in the press, anywhere else than on the religious page of newspapers. It is destructive of word of mouth to permit the public presses to express their biased and badly reported sensationalism. Therefore we should be very alert to sue for slander at the slightest chance so as to discourage the public presses from mentioning Scientology.” L. Ron Hubbard

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