Jon Atack is a dishonest “deprogrammer” and unsavory hate blogger who has spread lies about the Scientology religion and Scientologists for over three decades.
To further his career as a paid “deprogrammer” by forcibly removing family members from the religion of their choosing—one of the vilest rackets on the planet—Atack managed to become one of the directors of an anti-Scientology hate site that also served as a repository of stolen copyrighted works belonging to the Church. Atack’s sordid purpose: to present illegally obtained Church documents completely out of context to try to falsely elicit fear from parents of Scientologists and then manipulate them into paying him to “deprogram” their children. Nothing is too low for Atack as long as he can grab his filthy lucre.
In 1993, Atack wrote and published a hate-filled book on Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard. The book relied exclusively on outrageous falsehoods from discredited sources and misinformation dredged up from a handful of bitter apostates. The book soon became the subject of litigation in the United Kingdom due to its false and hateful nature.
In one such case, Atack was held to have defamed a Scientologist schoolmaster and a Scientology-affiliated drug abuse treatment program. Atack’s dishonest conduct during the litigation resulted in judicial orders from the court describing him as a “devious” and “unsavory” litigant.
Atack’s dishonest conduct during the litigation resulted in judicial orders from the court describing him as a “devious” and “unsavory” litigant.
L. Ron Hubbard’s European publishers sued Atack for copyright infringement of Mr. Hubbard’s works contained in Atack’s book. Rather than posit an original thought and incapable of crafting a well-written sentence, Atack cut and pasted Mr. Hubbard’s words in a failed effort to turn a sow’s ear into a silk purse.
Desperate for a defense no matter how ludicrous, Atack claimed his dark diatribe premised on his incoherent utterings juxtaposed against the illegal use of Mr. Hubbard’s intellectual property somehow served the public interest. Not surprisingly, when the Court demanded evidence to support that spurious claim, Atack failed utterly. After reviewing all the documentation in the case, the Court, dripping contempt for Atack’s vapid and clearly false arguments, determined Atack’s defense “tenuous in the extreme and at times risible.” The Court concluded Atack’s conduct evidenced that if the trial continued it would constitute an abuse of process.
Concurrently, Atack countersued, claiming the Church’s efforts to present an accurate picture of his disreputable character by exposing his criminal history adversely affected his unsavory and thoroughly despicable livelihood. In an argument unique in legal annals, Atack unabashedly claimed that if his sordid criminal past eked out, no one would employ him. Much like a pedophile claiming if his criminal past eked out, no kindergarten would employ him.
During the proceedings, Atack produced six false affidavits riddled with his incoherent hate speech—all rejected out of hand by an exasperated judge—before Atack’s specious suit was dismissed, with no leave to appeal.
After accumulating a large debt in legal fees and damages, Atack declared bankruptcy. For a brief time, he abandoned his hate campaign against Scientology. Atack the deprogrammer reverted to promoting and forwarding the subject of “coercive persuasion,” a term used by religious deprogrammers to rebut and resurrect passé and scientifically discredited theories in their return to enriching themselves by abusing others.
In 2013, Atack resumed his career as a hate blogger, becoming a regular contributor to Tony Ortega’s hate blog, gradually expanding his blogging to diversify his bigotry to include hate speech targeting other religions and groups.
Today, Atack is chair and managing editor of the oxymoronic Open Minds Foundation, an unsavory mouthpiece for deprogrammers and others dedicated to engaging in hate speech attacking religions, political groups and other organizations with worldviews they oppose.
Atack also presents himself at “anti-cult” conferences, speaking as an “expert” on “coercive persuasion”—Orwellian-speak for “deprogrammers”—and continues to inject his ugly rants on Ortega’s hate blog—a site welcoming any and all Scientology hate speech, no matter how false, as long as it contains not a word of objective truth about the religion, its founder or its leader.