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.
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
"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
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.