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Scientology's recurring nightmare

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Scientology's recurring nightmare

The Scientologists are at it again. As a new season of Aftermath is on the way, Church members are once again urging sponsors to boycott this award winning show. Coming into its third season on the A&E Network, they no doubt anticipate strong viewing numbers for their Emmy award winning show. But never mind the show’s popularity, the Church of Scientology would rather you not watch it. And it should be no mystery why.

As reported in the Wall Street Journal, the group behind the effort, Scientologists Taking Action Against Discrimination (STAND), posted a handful of letters addressed to Anheuser-Busch, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and Geico, among others, on its website. The Church continues to bleat and bluster with their usual drivel of exaggerated and at times blatantly false claims of “religious bigotry.” Their artificial and melodramatic posturing is getting pretty old.

Savvy advertisers have recognized the simple fact that Aftermath has pulled in the strongest ratings for the network over two years, which has brought in an average 2.8 million viewers per episode. However, according to the WSJ, some advertisers have pulled their ads from Aftermath because of the public controversy surrounding it. It would seem there are still sectors of the population who can be intimidated by Scientology’s toothless threats. But they’re learning, more and more, that the Church has lost their public mojo.

Meanwhile, Leah Remini and her cohost Mike Rinder will carry on with their hard hitting exposés of the Church of Scientology. And make no mistake, the Church has every reason to be afraid. Not from imaginary attacks and threats, but from the mounting ill-repute that Scientology has failed to overcome.

Welcome Season 3. As the saying goes, third time’s the charm.

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