Religious Freedom on Trial in New Jersey

JewishWASHINGTON, D.C.—Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH) is heading to a New Jersey courtroom tomorrow to defend the right to offer therapy for unwanted same-sex attractions.

The New Jersey-based JONAH, along with its co-founder, Arthur Goldberg, and life coach Alan Downing, are being accused in a lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center of fraudulently claiming to provide services that “convert” people from gay to straight, allegedly violating New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act.

The suit claims the plaintiffs, four young men and two of their parents, were lured into JONAH’s services through deceptive practices.

“It is an outrageous state of affairs in our society when a three-hundred million dollar liberal extremist organization like the SPLC can bully a small Jewish non-profit group because they find their religious beliefs intolerable,” said licensed clinical professional counselor Christopher Doyle, who is the director of the International Healing Foundation (www.ComingOutLoved.com). “This sham lawsuit is nothing more than a shameless effort from the far left to prevent those voluntarily seeking counseling to find help and healing for unwanted same-sex attractions. The real victims here are JONAH, and all those the SPLC seeks to silence through their intimidation tactics.”

At the request of the plaintiffs, New Jersey State Superior Court Judge Peter F. Bariso, Jr. banned Doyle and other key witnesses for JONAH from testifying as experts in the case, primarily due to their beliefs on the immutability of homosexuality.

“As if the deck weren’t already stacked against JONAH, Judge Bariso’s decision to disqualify me and other highly educated and trained psychotherapists to testify as expert witnesses in this case is astounding, especially since he is allowing several gay-affirming therapists to serve as experts for the SPLC. This case is truly a David vs. Goliath fight, and although the judge has handicapped JONAH, we all know how that biblical battle ended. I am confident that despite these challenges, the ten witnesses who will testify of sexual orientation change will be the stone to sling this giant down for good.”

Doyle, who is a leader in the #TherapyEquality movement of Equality And Justice For All has been actively involved in fighting proposed bans on sexual identity affirming therapy in several states, including the most recent, Nevada, where legislators recently cancelled a hearing on the proposed ban, effectively killing the harmful bill.

Over the past several months, Washington, Colorado, and Virginia rejected bills that would ban talk therapy for minors in an effort to protect the rights of minors and sexually abused and sexually confused youth who seek voluntarily therapy for their unwanted same-sex attractions. These states joined at least 10 others in 2015—as well as an additional 15 states in 2014—that have either voted down or failed to advance this harmful legislation.

More than 50,000 licensed medical and mental health professionals support the rights of youth to receive such therapies, including the American Association of Christian Counselors, the Alliance for Scientific Integrity and Therapeutic Choice, the Catholic Medical Association, the American College of Pediatricians, International Network of Orthodox (Jewish) Mental Health Professionals and the Christian Medical & Dental Association.

For more information about the International Healing Foundation, visit its web site, www.comingoutloved.com, its Facebook page or email [email protected]. For more information on Equality And Justice For All, visit www.EqualityAndJusticeForAll.org.

Equality And Justice For All will co-host the Safe Exit Summit on Oct. 2-3 in Washington, D.C. with Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX). The event will focus on equipping churches to become safe exits for individuals seeking to resolve unwanted homosexual attractions.

 


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  • DCM7

    Any sufficiently unpopular fact, regardless of evidence, will end up being officially treated as falsehood.
    There are few better examples of this than the treatment received by the fact that homosexual lifestyles can, and should, be gotten away from.

  • Thisoldspouse

    Don’t ever believe the lies of the Left that this will only apply to licensed professional therapists and counselors. It will very quickly be expanded to include clergy, teachers, and any private individual seeking to help a requesting person from seeking help for his same-sex attraction, whether adult or child.

    • franklinb23

      For what it’s worth, I think adults should be free to seek whatever therapy they desire.

      If they have the legal right to ask a doctor to amputate perfectly functioning genitalia, then they should have the right to seek reparative therapy (even though I personally think it’s as effective as “healing crystals”).