Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Has JONAH finally met its conversion therapy end?

Arthur Abba Goldberg
The continuing saga of Arthur Abba Goldberg, a convicted felon whose dishonesty has continued for years after his original conviction.
via YouTube circa 2014
Monday, a New Jersey state judge has closed down Jewish Institute for Global Awareness. JIFGA was nothing but a new name for Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality (JONAH) which was prohibited from operating its conversion therapy business under a permanent 2015 injunction.

In a news release the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote:
In order to “deter and punish” the defendants, Judge Bariso also barred JONAH's founders from serving as directors of any New Jersey nonprofit corporation and ordered that they pay attorney fees incurred in connection with plaintiffs’ efforts to enforce the injunction. The court also ordered the defendants pay the full amount owed under the settlement agreement.
That could be a very hefty payment. On June 25, 2015 a New Jersey jury unanimously held that JONAH was guilty of consumer fraud. A settlement was reached requiring the principals to pay a small undisclosed portion of the legal fees contingent upon not offering any form of conversion therapy. They could now be required to pay the full amount which is approximately $3.5 million.

The defendants would be Arthur and Jane Goldberg along with Theodore and Elaine Berk. Both couples had gay sons. Both couples still have gay sons.

Arthur Abba Goldberg is a convicted swindler and felon. Goldberg's license as a certified financial counselor was revoked in 2011 because he lied on his application by failing to disclose his felony conviction. On information and belief Goldberg is operating as a counselor in violation of a lifetime ban. The pious and sanctimonious Goldberg has a continuing pattern of dishonesty.

The current litigation began with my December, 2017 post, an analysis of the tax returns, which I then referred to the SPLC. I am happy that I could be a very small part of this outcome. This is not about me. It is not about the money that the SPLC might receive. This is about protecting people from harmful interventions. This is about protecting the entire LGBT community from those would would promote the idea that being a sexual minority is a disease which can be cured.

There is nothing wrong with being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. We do not need to be fixed! I am going over the tax returns again including the 2017 submission. I might refer the matter to the IRS as I am already aware of some irregularities.

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