Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Knight: "From 'hate map' to hit job: SPLC goes after Jewish group"

Robert Knight
Robert Knight floats from anti-gay group to anti-gay group. He is currently working for the American Civil Rights Union which is, apparently, yet another Christian-oriented imitation of the ACLU. Today, the so-called news site of hate group, American Family Association, we are provided with:
Robert Knight, a senior fellow at the American Civil Rights Union, says the Southern Poverty Law Center is using its vast resources to attack a Jewish organization known as JONAH.

The acronym stands for "Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing," because the group counsels people of the homosexual lifestyle.

Aside from the fact the last paragraph makes no sense whatsoever due to grammatical errors, there is no such thing as a “homosexual lifestyle.” What JONAH purports to do is to make gay people straight. Doing so is not only something that JONAH cannot substantiate but it is as improbable as turning iron into gold.

Now, says Knight, the SPLC is claiming JONAH with "consumer fraud" on the claim that people are born homosexual and can't change.

Knight, Robert (ACRU)"And anyone who tries to change them is committing fraud," explains Knight.
The first of these two paragraphs makes no sense. Yeah, taking money to perform a service that cannot be successful is consumer fraud. Not only does the entire medical establishment concur that sexual reorientation is quackery but Alan Chambers, former head of Exodus, a large Christian ministry (now defunct) claims that change is nearly impossible. Others as well. About the only ex-gays that we meet seem to have an economic interest in claiming to be ex-gay.
"So here's this giant organization leaning on this little bitty organization in New Jersey, trying to bankrupt them and put them out of business," Knight adds.
The relative sizes of the organizations involved is irrelevant. The simple fact is that JONAH has the capacity to do great harm. Family cohesiveness can be ruined forever. Parents push their gay children into programs like this. When the child doesn't change it's his or her fault for not being earnest enough or not praying hard enough. Eventually the kid learns to lie to get everyone off his or her back. Once good faith is gone, little remains. Worse yet, programs like this claim that the parents did not raise their child properly and turned their kid gay. According to SPLC:
Customers of JONAH’s services typically paid a minimum of $100 for weekly individual counseling sessions and another $60 for group therapy sessions. The lawsuit describes sessions that 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 the counselor, Downing, who was also undressed. Another session involved a subject attempting to wrestle away two oranges – used to represent testicles – from another individual.

Downing and other JONAH counselors also used techniques that left clients alienated from their families. These techniques encouraged clients to blame their parents for being gay, going so far as to have clients participate in violent role play exercises where they beat effigies of their mothers
No reputable therapist would do any of those things. The piece continues:
The Southern Poverty Law Center has been in the news over the past year because of its so-called "hate map" that lumps conservative groups like Family Research Council and the American Family Association with skinheads, Neo-Nazis and other actual hate groups.
FRC and AFA are actual hate groups. They routinely spread false information about gay people. Just in passing, Mr. Knight is unlikely to be a big fan of Jews. According to him and other ultra-conservative Evangelicals we are destined to roast in hell for not accepting Jesus Christ as our lord and savior. When pressed Knight will probably divert the conversation to something about support for Israel which is actually because of Revelations and the last battle with Satan in the Middle East. All the Jews die in the end.
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