Scientology Mythbusting with Jon Atack: The Tomato Photo! - 2013-02-02
We're starting a new weekly feature today, and we're very excited about it. In 1990, author Jon Atack published what is still one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology, A Piece of Blue Sky. Atack now has a new edition of the book coming out, and it reminded us what an encyclopedic resource he is. So we had an idea. In the world of Scientology watching, we noticed that there seem to be some legends, myths, and contested facts that tend to get hashed and rehashed in books, articles, and especially on the Internet. With Atack's help, we're going to tackle these issues one by one, drawing on Jon's deep knowledge and (who knew?) droll sense of humor.
This week, let's start out with one of the most iconic photographs of L. Ron Hubbard and settle some facts about its background. Get your alligator clamps ready — it's time to torture a tomato!
If you've spent any time learning about Scientology, you've no doubt run into some version of this image...