Tuesday in New Jersey Superior Court, the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a lawsuit against Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH), claiming that the organization's founder, Arthur Goldberg, and counselor Alan Downing violated New Jersey's Consumer Fraud Act by offering conversion therapy that claims to cure clients of being gay.
According to the SPLC, the lawsuit marks the first time a conversion therapy provider has been sued for fraudulent business practices -- and considering the claims made by conversion therapy providers, it's about damn time.
Previously, JONAH was known as Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are four men who, according to SPLC, were "lured into JONAH's services through deceptive practices," and two of their mothers.
Not surprisingly, the post inspired several commenters to chime in, including commenter chariman2.
Commenter chairman2 writes:
The proud gay community played a pivotal role in the re-election of President Obama exposing the hate based cult of the religious extremists in the Republican Party who should face taxation and or/closure! Enough with the corruption from the lunatic fringe; who have gotten away with kids committing suicide -- driven by ignorant family members manipulated by the insane clergy. Religion has no place in today's society of thinkers and intellectuals ... who can see though the lies!