Jon Trott, senior editor of Cornerstone Magazine
, published by the Jesus People USA (JPUSA)
, uncritically accepts the views of cult apologists
- and actively promotes their work. In addition, like the cult defenders whose work he admires, Trott attacks those who use proper terminology such as "cult" and "cult apologist." He also objects to the identification of the Church of Scientology
as a "hate group," even though hate and harassment activities are specifically condoned and encouraged in that organizations's scripture (and consequently evidenced
in the cult's group's behavior).
Trott also co-edits the Sacred Tribes Journal
, a magazine whose principals put stock in the ideas of several notable cult apologists. The magazine is hosted on web space provided by JPUSA's Cornerstone Magazine (with the following disclaimer: Sacred Tribes is neither a sponsored project nor an official publication of JPUSA/Cornerstone.
Though Trott apparently has little practical experience in dealing with actual current and former cult members, and is not considered to be a cult expert, he vehemently defends his views, often getting downright nasty in the process.
Recently, Jon Trott also re-opened JPUSA's attacks on Ron Enroth
, with the inclusion of a chapter in cult apologist Anson Shupe
's book, Bad Pastor: Clergy Misconduct in Modern America
. Enroth's response to Trott can be read here
For further information, see the entry on Jesus People USA (JPUSA)