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American justice condemns “healers” of homosexuality for being a scam

(Blogmensgo, gay blog of February 25, 2015) An organization of New Jersey who claimed to 'cure' homosexuals of their homosexuality was sentenced on February 10, 2015, for a scam to consumption. Peter F. Bariso Jr., of Hudson County (New Jersey) Court judge considered it fraudulent that this organization has led "patients" to believe that homosexuality was a "mental illness".

Below one of the plaintiffs in this case, Chaim Levin explains his route of gay and militant Jewish:

Jonah (Jews offering new alternatives for healing / Jews for new alternative ways of healing) expresses 'Institute for the affirmation of the kind' and presents itself as a not-for-profit organisation. This pharmacy to religious facade says to make practicing homosexual persons conversion therapies using a 'force-based approach'.

Four Gays have filed a complaint against Jonah after a particularly traumatic 'therapy'. The complaint was conducted with the support of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an association that fights for the civil rights, and relatives of the victims.

This isn't Jonah practicing conversion therapy. The officine redirects leads to "therapists" who mint their services. For these therapies, Jonah claims about one-third of success, one third of chess and a third to halfway between the two.

Among other treatments "demeaning and emotionally traumatic," the four complainants for example had to stand naked before their therapist and one of them had hit a picture of his mother with a tennis racket. One of the complainants, Benjamin Unger, says have suffered for a year the 'therapy' advocated by Jonah, and then having to have therapy for five years to repair what Jonah had destroyed.

In his defence, Jonah argues that the "patients" were adults, that no one not forced them to do what they did, that they were satisfied with their therapy, but they fell then into the hands of homosexual proselytes.

It is the second time that j. Bariso decides in this case which dates back to 2012. And this time, it has unsuccessful in solidum Jonah, its Director and a therapist. By presenting "homosexuality, not as a variation of human sexuality, but as a mental illness, disease, or disorder" needing to be cared for, explains j. Bariso in its grounds, the accused have committed "deformity contrary to [New Jersey] Act on the protection of consumers.

In a decision taken a few days previously, Bariso had challenged the scientific evidence request by Jonah. The judge motivated his disqualification by explaining that scientific bodies consider "an overwhelming majority" that homosexuality is not cloudy or an aberration.

The matter should go through several other judicial steps, first in New Jersey (from June 2015) then at the federal level eventually.

Commented on. Some lawyers believe that the decision of judge Bariso could make jurisprudence. In New Jersey, but also to the United States as a whole.

It is the first time that homosexuality conversion therapy proponents are condemned by American justice. The first amendment of the U.S. Constitution usually serves as a room divider unassailable, that do not hesitate to wield any hair religious extremists (here, the fundamentalist Jews). But this time, the judge Bariso led the charge in another area, that of the protection of consumers.

It is therefore more than a matter of religion, homophobia or even morally reprehensible behaviour. It was simply, this time, a case of fraud. Better yet, the sentence does not that underlings, it target in the first place the main customer, even if the sponsor claims have not acted on a non-profit basis.

It is also the first conviction for practice of therapy of conversion of homosexuality on adults. Such therapies are prohibited in some States (for example in New Jersey or California), but only when they are carried out on minors.

This article has been translated from our french blog, to view the original click here.

Philca & Matt / MensGo
(via the express of February 19, 2015)

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