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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:11 PM

That "gay conversion" group being sued? The head of it is a 4-time felon...

And he was disbarred as a lawyer.

Suit attacks "conversion therapy" providers.

The Southern Poverty Law Center filed a lawsuit accusing a New Jersey
organization of consumer fraud for offering conversion therapy
services with false claims. accusing conversion therapy organization of fraud. SPLC news release, Nov 27, 2012]

http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/news/splc-files-groundbreaking-lawsuit-accusing-conversion-therapy-organization-of-frau

The suit, brought in state court by four former clients and two of
their parents, alleges that Jews Offering New Alternatives for
Healing (JONAH), its founder Arthur Goldberg, and counselor Alan
Downing violated New Jersey's Consumer Fraud Act by claiming to cure
clients of being gay. The complaint states:

**The underlying premise of conversion therapy--that a person can
"convert" to heterosexuality--has no basis in scientific fact.

**Customers typically pay a minimum of $100 for weekly individual
counseling sessions and another $60 for group therapy sessions.

**Counselors at JONAH use techniques that encourage clients to blame
their parents and to participate in violent role play exercises where
they beat effigies of their mothers.

**Some sessions involved clients undressing in front of a mirror and
even a group session where young men were instructed to remove their
clothing and stand naked in a circle with Downing, who was also
undressed.

**Another session involved a subject attempting to wrest away two
oranges, which were used to represent testicles, from another
individual.

**Aside from being junk science, conversion therapy also promotes the
idea that gay men and lesbians choose their sexual orientation, a
position that encourages anti-gay bigotry.

**Conversion therapy has been discredited by major American medical,
psychiatric, psychological and professional counseling organizations.

Before founding JONAH, Goldberg, was convicted of three counts of
mail fraud and one count of conspiracy to defraud the federal
government. He was ultimately disbarred from being an attorney.

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Archae Nov 2012 OP
Angry Dragon Nov 2012 #1
LadyHawkAZ Nov 2012 #2
Canuckistanian Nov 2012 #3
Comatose Sphagetti Nov 2012 #4
Archae Nov 2012 #5

Response to Archae (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:17 PM

1. This post brought to mind Marcus Bachmann

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:19 PM

2. Kudos to the SPLC n/t

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:23 PM

3. My God

These "therapies" sound like they were dreamed up by a 12 year old who once read a Reader's Digest version of psychology.

The sad thing is, these clients were probably bullied into these sessions by family or clergy.

I'd love to hear about the arguments at the trial. If they don't settle, that is....

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Response to Archae (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:50 PM

4. Please knock off the, "He's a FELON!" bullshit.

As a person with 2 felonies it gets very old having others use it against you.

A person is not necessarily his/her past, and a felony does not render you untrustworthy for life.

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Response to Comatose Sphagetti (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:32 PM

5. The bastard cheated 3 people and the government.

I wouldn't trust him farther than I could throw him.

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