By Janet Tassel
This year, June, not April, was the cruellest month. Traditionalists and right-thinkers were overwhelmed by the unfathomable Supreme Court rulings, the vulgar rainbow-hued White House, and the culture—or what remains of it.
A lesser-known casualty of the June wars was a tiny New Jersey non-profit called JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing), dedicated to educating the Jewish community and beyond about the social, cultural, and emotional factors that lead to same-sex attraction. JONAH unfortunately found itself in the giant maw of the radical leftist Southern Poverty Law Center, which made a meal of it.
According to their mission statement, "JONAH works with those struggling with unwanted same-sex attractions (SSA) and with families whose loved ones are involved in homosexuality." The italics are mine: JONAH doesn't target happy gays; it is there for gay people suffering from feelings they profoundly do not want.
Again, from their mission statement: "Through psychological and spiritual counseling, peer support, and self-empowerment, JONAH seeks to reunify families, to heal the wounds surrounding homosexuality, and to provide hope."
Arthur Goldberg, co-director of JONAH, is the author of a voluminous book, Light in the Closet, in which he reminds us that Judaism's prohibition against homosexuality is based on Leviticus 18:22: "You shall not lie with mankind as with womankind. It is an abomination." However, he states, "abomination…has a deeper connotation of 'going or being led astray,' which is untranslatable in any other language; and straying implies the possibility—indeed the necessity—of teshuvah, of returning to the path of Torah and the Commandments…through a guided process involving counseling, self-discovery and a combination of gradual spiritual and behavioral self-adjustments characteristic of teshuvah.'"
This type of reparative therapy, as it is known, can work successfully—"and has been accomplished…with a rate of success that is much too high to ignore," states Goldberg. It is described, with many testimonials, in his book. Several websites, in addition to JONAH's, offer similar testimonials. See, for example, www.narth.org, www.pfox.org, and www.peoplecanchange.com.