Gay-to-straight conversion therapy group committed consumer fraud, jury finds

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Benjamin Unger listens to the defense’s closing statement in the trial of Ferguson v. JONAH. In a first-of-its-kind trial, five people sued the gay conversion therapy organization JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing) for consumer fraud. Photo by Alex Remnick | NJ Advance Media

Benjamin Unger listens to the defense’s closing statement in the trial of Ferguson v. JONAH. In a first-of-its-kind trial, five people sued the gay conversion therapy organization JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing) for consumer fraud. Photo by Alex Remnick | NJ Advance Media

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(RNS) A jury awarded the plaintiffs damages for individual and group therapy sessions in which clients were asked to undress and touch themselves in their therapists’ presence and beat effigies of their mothers with a tennis racket.

  • bqrq

    “……A New Jersey jury found a gay-to-straight conversion therapy organization guilty of consumer fraud…..”

    The most highly qualified approach for gay-to-straight conversion therapy is a good looking young lady with lots of grace, charm, intelligence, very giving, devoted and loving. Nothing beats the real thing.

  • Brett in Pdx

    That’s funny, bbq.

    I can’t believe they uses the Torah in defense. Is there a conversion therapy for non-kosher to kosher in the Orthodox world?

  • Brett in PDX

    “You’re mother let you eat bacon. She represents this pillow. Beat her with a tennis racket!” LOL!

  • Be Brave

    This is awesome. If the anti-Christians try their vitriol game in this article towards the JONAH group, they’ll be called anti-Semites.

    LOL

    Time to sit back and enjoy the show.

    Now, I wonder why this group didn’t advise the method prescribed in the Torah to end homosexuality?

    This is rich!

  • Barry the Baptist

    Objectifying women hardly seems like a good approach to “fixing” anything. Wasn’t it the reduction of people to singular qualities that may/may not accurately describe them that got you guys to this impasse to begin with?

  • Barry the Baptist

    It’s a terrible notion built on other not-so-great notions. And someone is trying to call JONAH on the floor for it. What’s anti-semitic about criticizing a poorly-formed idea, BB?

  • Ben in oakland

    Thank you thank you thank you for finally admitting that it isn’t religious belief that motivates you, but out and out hate and despite.

    A Levitical solution indeed!

    I am going to enjoy my day so much more knowing that not only have we won marriage equality in 50 states, not only Will there be general weeping, Wailing, and gnashing of teeth, but that those who are truly motivated by hate are finally going to announce themselves for the bigots we have always known them to be, no matter how much they hide behind “God says.”

    So, be brave! Tremble in your fear!! And someday perhaps you will wake up, and realize this hasn’t have the slightest effect upon you, except to make you unhappy. And that makes ME So, be brave!

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!!!!!!!!!!

  • Larry

    I am waiting for a disgraced anti-gay pundit to claim, “I was kidnapped and people used therapy that turned me gay!”

  • Ben in oakland

    Larry, there isn’t a single one of these anti-gay bigots that I would ever want to see you come out as gay.

    Except that I am completely convinced that the Bulk of our opposition as always been the homosexual hating has always been the homosexual waiting on the sections homosexuals. And I thoroughly expect to see a lot of them come out over the years, Except for those whowere caught with their heads down the cookie jars pants.

  • Ben in oakland

    Dammit, my iPad struck again. It should have read:

    The bulk of our opposition has always been homosexual hating homosexuals

  • Larry

    Ted Haggard was coming to mind. If he was more creative, I could have imagined him trying that excuse on after he got caught in his compromising situation.

    If these nabobs believe you can torture someone into being straight, then they must logically think you can do the reverse. Of course that was assuming that such people ever thought through things logically. Not a good assumption to make.

  • Kirran

    In the same way that a charming, attractive young man will turn a straight man gay?

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