Trial to Punish Counseling for Gays Underway in Jersey City

by Church Militant  •  •  June 10, 2015   

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Jersey City, June 10, 2015 (Austin Ruse) - When 19-year-old Benji Ungar first showed up at the Jewish counseling service called JONAH in 2007 he wrote on his intake form that he had experienced oral and anal sex with many other males. But — on the witness stand in Hudson County Superior Court — he claimed he was virgin when he filled out those forms.

He also said on his JONAH intake forms that his religion was the most important driver in his life and that he sought treatment with help for behavior in violation of his Orthodox Jewish faith. On the stand he said religion had not been a very important part of his life.

He said on the stand that he had a wonderful relationship with his mother and father but on his intake form he told horrific stories about his mother, that he was terrified of her and that she ran around the house naked and even bathed in front of him.

Despite these contradictions, Ungar and his attorneys from the Southern Poverty Law Center want jurors to think Ungar was an innocent whose life was ruined by Arthur Goldberg and Alan Downing and their misguided and even fraudulent attempts to help him overcome same-sex desire.

In his opening remarks last week, Goldberg's lawyer Charles Limandri of the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund, said much of Ungar's testimony, and that of his fellow plaintiff's, are lies.

Ungar is one of four men who went to JONAH for help; who, by their own admission at the time, left satisfied, and subsequently sued Goldberg and psychologist Alan Downing for violating New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act for telling the young men that change was possible with the proper treatment.

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