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{{Site Infobox|name=The Un-Funny Truth About Scientology
|creationDate=June 13, 2006
|soundOrigin=[http://ytmnd.com/assets/49746749208a92d2136d556f7039577b The Rise of Satan - kingj4life3 (NG Audio Portal)]
|imageOrigin=[http://ytmnd.com/assets/824abd3bba5731fe29d3b05f00bcbdc3 Scientology]
'''The Unfunny Truth about Scientology''' is a [[YTMND]] that is critical in the investigation of [[Scientology]]. Part of the [[Unfunny_Truth|Unfunny Truth]] fad, it was created on June 13, 2006 at 11:01PM by [[smoothmedia]] in response to the legal threats the [[w:en:Church of Scientology|Church of Scientology]] launched towards YTMND.com earlier that month.
[[Scientology]] has become a popular Internet meme by being disseminated by YTMND users, among others, in an effort to spread the word about what they see as the dangers and cult status of the Church, and its continued campaign to use underhanded legal attacks to bully their opponents into silence.
Many YTMND users have attempted to create a [[w:en:Google Bomb|Google bombing]] campaign, meant to link the site to the phrase "Scientology", should it be typed in the Google search engine. [http://theunfunnytruth.ytmnd.com/ The Unfunny Truth about Scientology] is present on the second page of Google results as of 9/11/10.
The site spread on the Internet quite fast. On June 17th, Anthony Walter posted the site on his website [http://www.codebot.org/articles/?doc=9542 CodeBot]. Walter worked with the [[w:en:Lisa McPherson Trust|Lisa McPherson Trust]] while researching Scientology in Clearwater, Florida. He then submitted his article to [http://www.digg.com Digg], a user powered news site. It became the highest viewed story of the week. Two days later, his hosting company Verio Inc. replaced the codebot website with a cease and desist memo sent to Verio by the Church of Scientology's legal department. As of June 25th, 2006, going to the CodeBot site redirected the user to [http://www.scientology.org the Church of Scientology's web site]. Gregory Beck of the Public Citizen Litigation Group offered to defend CodeBot against the Church of Scientology, and as of the 27th of June, CodeBot is back online with the Scientology article.
== External links ==
* [http://theunfunnytruth.ytmnd.com/ The original YTMND Critical of Scientology.]
* [http://theunfunnysequel.ytmnd.com/ The "Unfunny Sequel" detailing Scientology's reaction.]
* [http://www.lisamcpherson.org/mccabe.htm Copy of the Lisa McPherson Lawsuit]
* [http://www.xenutv.com/ XenuTV]
* [http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Fishman/time-behar.html Scientology: The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power]
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