In case you missed this, “The Southern Poverty Law Center- SPLC- filed a lawsuit against JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing) in November of 2012, alleging the group is guilty of “consumer fraud” because the therapy is not always successful in changing people’s sexual preferences.”
by Kirsten Andersen – www.lifesitenews.com -June 6, 2013
NEW JERSEY – A renowned psychologist who was a former president of the American Psychological Association (APA) has submitted an affidavit saying that he personally treated over 2,000 homosexuals for various conditions, while his staff counseled thousands more, and he knows of “hundreds” who successfully changed their orientation.
Nicholas Cummings filed the affidavit in support of a motion by JONAH before the New Jersey Superior Court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) accusing the group of “fraud” for offering reparative therapy services.
JONAH is a Jewish organization that offers assistance to men and women seeking to resolve their sexual conflicts, focusing specifically on unwanted same-sex attractions.
Concerning the allegation that JONAH is guilty of “consumer fraud” because the therapy is not always successful in changing people’s sexual preferences, the main problem with this accusation is that no therapy is ever claimed to be always successful by anyone. There are no guarantees in therapy. I didn’t go through the whole JONAH site, but I didn’t see any claim that they are always successful in changing people’s sexual preferences anywhere on the pages I looked at.
Using the SPLC’s logic, there is also no marriage counseling that is always successful, so should we abolish marriage counseling as well? Should we sue for consumer fraud every marriage counselor who fails to save a marriage?
How about therapy for depression, anorexia, pedophilia, gambling addiction, etc.? Every time a therapy doesn’t work, do we sue the therapist?
No one can ever claim that any type of therapy will work. The SPLC’s overall claim is ridiculous.
“The lawsuit describes how the underlying premise of conversion therapy – that a person can “convert” to heterosexuality – has no basis in scientific fact. “
That is certainly wrong, since many people claim to have changed or resolved their problems with homosexuality (see a related discussion on the topic of homosexuality etiology in one of my “pages,” especially the studies from Lisa Diamond about women changing their sexual orientation). If the SPLC is basing their suit on this claim, they are going to lose.
“It is the longstanding consensus of the behavioral and social sciences that homosexuality is a normal and positive variation of human sexual orientation.”
Actually normalizing homosexuality was done because most of these psychological associations became scientifically corrupt and decided to run away from their utter failure to investigate and treat homosexuality. They are in no position to determine what is normal, nor why.
“Customers of JONAH’s services typically pay a minimum of $100 for weekly individual counseling sessions and another $60 for group therapy sessions.”
It’s what many therapists charge elsewhere for other types of therapy.
“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 wrest away two oranges, which were used to represent testicles, from another individual.”
Anything that involves undressing or any kind of touching, I am seriously against. You can certainly bring on a law suit about that. But that is one therapist doing one thing – and it has no bearing on what other therapists investigating the etiology of homosexuality do.
It’s like trying to abolish all surgery because one doctor did one specific type of malpractice in one surgical intervention.
It will be very interesting to see how this law suit progresses.
“Sadly, there is no accountability for those who practice conversion therapy,” said Michael Ferguson, a conversion therapy survivor and plaintiff in the lawsuit.
What the SPLC and Ferguson conveniently do not mention is that, sadly, there is no accountability for a lot of professionals who practice any kind of therapy. That is one of the biggest problems that we have with the therapy profession today and always. And vulnerable people are always at risk. This problem is not at all limited to any kind of therapy related to homosexuality.
Even if the people at JONAH, or some of the people there, are not qualified to do acceptable kinds of therapies related to homosexuality, this will not invalidate what others who do.
The law firms of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP and Lite DePalma Greenberg LLC are serving as the SPLC’s co-counsel on the case. The SPLC has previously filed complaints against conversion therapists with the American Psychiatric Association and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
The SPLC claims:
People who have undergone conversion therapy have reported increased anxiety, depression, and in some cases, suicidal ideation.
Newsflash: People who have undergone all kinds of therapies can report these problems. And in fact, people who have serious psychological problems, including in the area of homosexuality and who never do any therapy, can also report these problems, exactly because they never take responsibility for their psychological problems and only enhance them by believing that every form of sexual dysfunction and perversion is normal.
In fact, I would not be surprised if the majority of violent homosexuals are those who think homosexuality is normal, as compared to the homosexuals who have tried to resolve their homosexuality problems. This would make for an interesting study.
Lastly, I didn’t put a link to Selmys’ article in my “Not Born LGBT” page, because I don’t like her ideological agenda on homosexuality, but she is yet another vocal testimony of someone who claims to have changed.
“I was certain that I was a lesbian”
I fell into the former category: earlier in my life, I was certain that I was a lesbian. I was secretly involved in a lesbian relationship for years, and my attempts to date boys on the side ranged from dismal to disastrous. I found physical intimacy with men uncomfortable at best. When I became a Catholic, I still believed that homosexuality was immutable, and I did not believe in “praying away the gay”. It came as something of a surprise, therefore, when I found myself falling in love, and being physically attracted towards a man.
Bisexuality would not seem to account for the change. I have not experienced on-going, relatively equal attraction for both sexes. There has been a substantial, noticeable, and decisive swing in the attractions themselves. I would now find the prospect of sexual involvement with a woman just as uncomfortable and sexually unappealing as I once found the idea of intimacy with men.