Left to right: Foundation for a Drug-Free World
, United for Human Rights
and The Way to Happiness Foundation
Every day I encounter Google Adsense or YouTube displaying ads for at least one of these sites. Though they always look tacky, they do look a bit more polished and high-budget than you'd normally expect of these sites so at one point I checked em out. First one I entered was the 'Foundation for a Drug-Free World' one. As a web and motion graphics designer, I was quite amazed by the quality of the website and couldn't quite get my head around how what seems to be a typical non-profit organization could get the budget for such a site.
It wasn't until I also entered the 'The Way To Happiness Foundation' site that I found a clue: the site had the exact same technical design style and mentioned how the teachings behind its 'way to happiness' principles are based on a book written by L. Ron Hubbard. A few Google search results later I also found enough official references proving that the other sites were also run by Scientology.
Even though the 'Foundation for a Drug-Free World' and 'United for Human Rights' sites indicate no connection whatsoever to Scientology and the 'Happiness' one mentions it only slightly in some subtle info section, Scientology seems to be throwing massive amounts of cash at advertising these the same way they've been advertising their other websites through YouTube and Google Adsense.
I have my personal opinion but I'm not judging Scientology as a religion here and I respect everyone's religious beliefs. I just wanted to get the word out on this because the idea of billboards and banners all over the web, advertising companies and non-profits that are secretly run by a religious organization with its own agenda is a scary one to me.