Scientology branded as celebrity cult - 2008-05-29

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F44.png Scientology branded as celebrity cult May 29, 2008, Alphia Possamai-Inesedy, Courier-Mail

This is nothing new. New Religious Movements (NRMs) are usually faced with such suspicion. Especially when referred to as a "cult", as is often the case with Scientology. Interestingly, articles that were outright attacks on the group were rare. The negative reports do not represent the church in a controversial or dangerous manner, but rather in a satirical fashion. There is a clear bias represented and although the media is not informing its readers to fear Scientology, it is stigmatising the group into a joke and presenting its central doctrine as a comic story.

Scientology is clearly losing the PR war, particularly in Australia.

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{{cite news | first = Alphia | last = Possamai-Inesedy | title = Scientology branded as celebrity cult | url = https://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,23777882-27197,00.html | work = Courier-Mail | date = May 29, 2008 | accessdate = February 7, 2019 }}