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Ireland‘Incredibly uncomfortable and concerning’ — Dublin Comic Con goers voice concern over Church of Scientology hosting art competition at event

12:40  12 august  2019
12:40  12 august  2019 Source:   extra.ie

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‘Incredibly uncomfortable and concerning’ — Dublin Comic Con goers voice concern over Church of Scientology hosting art competition at event © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland

There was concern among Dublin Comic Con attendees over a Church of Scientology stand at the convention.

The weekend event brings comic book and pop culture fans from all over Ireland to the city centre.

‘Incredibly uncomfortable and concerning’ — Dublin Comic Con goers voice concern over Church of Scientology hosting art competition at event © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Dublin Comic Con scientology

However, there were some who were upset to see the Church of Scientology were at the event.

The organisation were handing out flyers to promote their art competition.

The flyer’s design had a comic book style and a colourful font reading: ‘Comic art competition.’

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In smaller writing, it read: ‘By Scientology Community Centre of Dublin.’

‘Incredibly uncomfortable and concerning’ — Dublin Comic Con goers voice concern over Church of Scientology hosting art competition at event © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Dublin Comic Con scientology The flyer claims the winner of this art competition will win an Intuos Pro Pen tablet and the tagline for the competition is, ‘Do art, not drugs’.

The Church of Scientology’s website Drug Free World is advertised on the flyer.

‘Incredibly uncomfortable and concerning’ — Dublin Comic Con goers voice concern over Church of Scientology hosting art competition at event © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland One convention goer, who asked to remain anonymous, told Extra.ie: ‘It was incredibly uncomfortable and concerning as the amount of kids being signed up at the table without knowing exactly what Scientology is.

‘Incredibly uncomfortable and concerning’ — Dublin Comic Con goers voice concern over Church of Scientology hosting art competition at event © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland

‘They tried to recruit me but I point blank refused.

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‘I personally think they were using the innocence of an art competition to try and get people into the Scientology church.’

‘Incredibly uncomfortable and concerning’ — Dublin Comic Con goers voice concern over Church of Scientology hosting art competition at event © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland

They added: ‘The stall was on the main floor where all the shops are set up, it’s the busiest part of the convention and where gets the most people traffic.’

Extra.iehas reached out to Dublin Comic Con and Scientology Community Centre Dublin for comment.

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