FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: PRESS RELEASE
November 28, 2012 – Today, JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing) responded to allegations of “consumer fraud” outlined in the suit brought by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), based in Montgomery Alabama, on November 27th, 2012. The lawsuit is without merit, and is designed to create a chilling effect upon speech and programs that assist people in overcoming unwanted same-sex attractions.
JONAH will vigorously defend itself and gender-affirming processes from the baseless attack contained in the lawsuit.
Arthur Goldberg, JONAH’s Co-Director, stated, “We remain steadfast in our commitment to assist those with unwanted same-sex attractions. There are thousands of people who have overcome or significantly diminished their unwanted same-sex attractions, not only through our programs, but also through other similar programs”. See www.voices-of -change.org.
“As indicated by the publicity surrounding the event, the lawsuit is designed to create a chilling effect on people and organizations that stand for the position that change is possible, a position that is not contradicted by the APA’s latest statements.” JONAH only works with people who express dissatisfaction with their homosexual ideation, helps them assess and overcome deep issues, and does not seek to coerce anyone into changing their sexual orientation. JONAH supports the right of clientself-determination, not “SPLC-determination,” of what is in the client’s best interests.
The intent of this lawsuit is to totally deny individuals the freedom to seek help for their own unwanted same-sex attractions. This bias denies the diversity of thought, belief and feeling within the GLBT and Questioning population. Whatever SPLC’s goals, this narrow-minded lawsuit runs directly contrary to true support for diversity and tolerance.