The Church of England (C of E) has condemned a poster campaign by
the Church of Scientology that claims 250,000 lives have been 'salvaged
from drugs' by Scientology.
The Birmingham Diocese's complaint to the Advertising Standards
Authority, declaring that the claims are unsubstantiated, is under
The posters, created in-house, appeared on billboards across Birmingham
and London in August to publicise a Scientology exhibition.
Arun Arora, communications director for the Bishop of Birmingham, said
the Church of Scientology could not prove adherence to its faith saved
lives from drugs.
But Scientology spokesman Graeme Wilson said the claims were based on
rehabilitation programmes run by the church and its affiliate charity,
The C of E is itself the subject of a complaint to the ASA this month.
The Christian Institute has objected to a poster campaign, aimed at
young people, that includes references to body piercing and drugs.