Lawsuit aims to prove JONAH a 'quack'

Thursday, December 6, 2012
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The SPLC has sued a conversion therapy counseling organization for Jews with same-gender attractions on behalf of four clients who claim they were not cured of their homosexuality.

While Liberty Counsel has sued California over SB 1172, a new law that prohibits reparative therapy for young people, founder Mat Staver believes the Southern Poverty Law Center's case against the New Jersey-based JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing) International has "little basis in reality."

Staver, Mat (Liberty Counsel)"It tries to paint any individual who counsels individuals to leave or reduce same-sex attractions as a quack, when, in fact, we know that there are many people who have actually left the homosexual lifestyle," Staver submits. "We know that there are many counselors who have been providing excellent counsel that is benefitting their clients who have unwanted same-sex attractions."

Staver believes the Southern Poverty Law Center -- the same organization that considers American Family Association a "hate group" -- is clearly trying to destroy JONAH International. He notes that many individuals successfully helped by Jonah's program have already stepped forward to back the organization. Eight out of ten testify to having been helped.

"What this is is an ideological lawsuit, essentially an inflammatory press release filed in a court trying to masquerade as a lawsuit," the attorney concludes.

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