Case On Religious Counseling of Homosexuals Wanting Out Could Set Precedent

Even though homosexuality is becoming more acceptable in today’s hedonistic society, it still carries a stigma about it as it should.  God says it’s an abomination.  It’s a sinful lifestyle, just like stealing, lying, incest, pedophilia, lust, greed and murder.

Gay activists believe that there is nothing wrong with homosexuality.  They also encourage millions of children and teens to explore same-sex attractions.  However, it’s not okay for a homosexual to explore normal straight relationships or seek counseling to help themselves overcome their sinful lifestyle and desires.  In fact, they feel so strongly about any form of counseling or therapy that helps homosexuals leave the lifestyle that they have tried to pass laws in California banning the practice.

Now, gay activists are filing lawsuits against religious organizations that help counsel those who want to overcome their homosexuality and lead a normal life.  One such religious group is JONAH (Jews Offer New Alternative for Healing).  Their mission statement reads:

“JONAH, Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing, is a non-profit international organization dedicated to educating the world-wide Jewish community about the social, cultural and emotional factors which lead to same-sex attractions. JONAH works directly with those struggling with unwanted same-sex sexual attractions (SSA) and with families whose loved ones are involved in homosexuality.”

“Our Rabbinical sages explain that because mankind has been endowed by our Creator with a free will, everyone has the capacity to change. Furthermore, the Rabbis emphasize that parents, teachers and counselors have a special responsibility to educate, nurture, and provide an opportunity for those struggling with unwanted same-sex attractions to journey out of homosexuality.”

“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.”

JONAH like most other religion based counseling groups does not go out and hunt down homosexuals and force them to convert to a straight life.  Rather they provide the counseling and support to those who seek it voluntarily.  The nearly 70 religious groups that provide counseling to help those who want help all report a number of success stories and can document that the counseling and therapy do work.

Gay activists know that these groups are being successful and they can’t allow that to happen.  In typical liberal fashion, they attack the religious groups by claiming they are frauds and that they are hurting people.  They fear the success of groups like JONAH so much that they are now taking legal actions against them.

A far left-wing liberal group known as the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a lawsuit against JONAH, claiming they are frauds and want the courts to stop them from saving anymore people from their debauched lifestyles.  Charles LiMandri, President and Chief Counsel of Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund is representing JONAH in their court hearing that started last week.  He says that SPLC is doing their best to deprive homosexuals to their right of self-determination and religious freedom when they consider that the Torah teaches that it is a forbidden sin.

LiMandri described the lawsuit saying:

“The SPLC is taking the position that telling homosexuals that you can help them overcome same sex attractions is a fraud, that there’s nothing wrong with having same sex attractions and there’s nothing wrong with being involved in homosexual behavior.”

“Because JONAH is a religiously-based organization, the idea it follows is that homosexuality is disordered.  Not because it’s a mental disease or defect, but because it’s a sinful behavior and it’s against God’s plan.”

LiMandri was planning to ask the court to dismiss the lawsuit on constitutional grounds including the First Amendment right of freedom of religion.

Whether you realize it or not, there is a lot riding on this lawsuit.  If SPLC wins, it will give every other gay rights group the legal precedent to challenge and stop all religious groups from trying to help those who seek help.  Homosexuals who want to change and want someone to help them overcome their sinful lifestyle will have no one left to turn to for help.  They will be left to struggle on their own and often that struggle can lead to serious consequences including suicide.  It would also mean a severe legal blow against the First Amendment rights to the freedom of religion and speech, further weakening our already crumbling Constitution.








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  • daverusch

    OK, so where is freedom of choice when you need it?

  • Walt

    And Homosexuals wonder why they are hated so much. It is because they are not content with their own freedom; they want to feel superior to everyone else.
    As far as I am concerned, they should be classified as a hate group.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Abinico-Warez/100002657822528 Abinico Warez

    Yet more proof – gays are evil, and they want your children.

  • fliteking

    the First Amendment is clear:

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

    If any of these cases against any Church are upheld . . . the Nation is finished.

  • Kathy Fugitt Price Skaggs

    The radical homosexuals don’t care if someone commits suicide just as long a they don’t stop their homo lifestyle.

    • Babylonandon

      No greater victory for Satan than a human being should die still steeped in their sins and denying Christ.

  • txlady706

    Homosexuality is the religion of death. It’s about self nihilation. One has to be convinced that there is nothing left and that the best thing to do is to NOT have hope. Homosexual life is a life that is on the death march. The liberals have sold DEATH. After all the childish, selfishness is over and the homosexual sits alone staring at the four walls of a hospital room on his deathbed, his life reflections are for nothing, because they have amounted to zero and thats if they have never done anything bad to someone else. There is NOTHING left of them. No children to leave a legacy and no future to look toward. The homosexual life is a death march without HOPE that there is a future

  • Higherstandard13

    What the homos are saying is they have special rights and the rest of us must give up our rights so they can feel good about themselves. They believe the Constitution protects them, but not us and they have the right to demand we give up our religious beliefs and that those independent adults that want help are not entitled to it, but must be made to live as they say for they need us al to burn in hell with them.

    I said years ago, you give the homosexual community and inch and they will never stop. In the 70s and 80s they asked to be allowed to do what they do behind close doors and that they would never push their belief on America. They denied that any of these things would come to happen, but we knew they were lying. Incremental change and deceit is their way.

  • old_salty_dawg99

    This goes to show just how Homosexuals want to force their Perverted Life style on everyone else. If Gays were wanting to be treated equally they would not be against anyone trying to live a life other than the one they CHOOSE. It is a CHOICE and a SIN so great it is one of SEVEN GOD calls an ABOMINATION. Those who say they are born this way are LYING to themselves as are those who claim they were born in the wrong body and that man can change their sex for them. Both are LIES and nothing will ever change that FACT.

  • mallen11

    We live in a day when all is relative and people think subjectively instead of objectively. There is no balance when it comes to the Word of God. If God says homosexuality is a sin then He didn’t make them that way since God is perfect. It is one’s own sin nature that causes us to sin and make the wrong decisions in life especially when we don’t know what God’s Word says or we chose to ignore it. When the homosexual lifestyle is called an abomination or sin in the Bible it means it can be overcome just like any other sin through learning what the Word of God says and applying it to one’s life. I personally knew two guys who did change their lifestyle of homosexuality after learning what God’s Word said about it through the ministry of our church. Geneses 19:5-8, Lev 18:22-23, Lev 20:13, Jude 7 also…
    1 Tim 1:9-10, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching,
    Romans 1:26-27 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.

  • Hermen

    Understand the activist homosexual, certainly not all, demand recognition and many conformity. But worse, their more strident activist leadership both recognize and encourage those who commit pederasty. The proof my be observed in Steve Baldwin published the
    following in the Regent University Law Review regarding
    homosexuality and pedophilia: This regards N.A.M.B.L.A. (the north american man-boy love association). No…you will never convince any normal person that this is about seeking to become a more ‘egalitarian society’. These social activists are promoting a very sick and perverse agenda by equating themselves to the ‘Black plight’, which the Blacks will have nothing to do with and very rightly so.

  • DetroitRock

    Well, I’ve got good news on this topic. I have a friend that used to be a “gay” woman. She and her “partner” had many problems, along with a several yr. relationship.

    After yet another “heated” break-up, about 6 months ago, she is now dating a gentleman. I have never seen her happier! Now that is God’s own intersession! None of her friends said a thing, before or after. She is now going in the Right direction! Thanks to Jesus!

  • linda

    So someone who makes a free will choice to seek counseling with an eye
    to breaking out of a homosexual lifestyle or inclination won’t be able
    to exercise his or her FREEDOM OF CHOICE……on that ground alone this
    whole issue should be dismissed!

    The LGBT can encourage young
    people to explore and experiment with same sex antics but someone
    seeking help / healing of same sex attractions. or relationships is to
    be denied that….pure hypocrisy!

    LGBT activists and their co-conspirators have assuredly been given over to reprobate minds.

  • WerewolfVm

    I am totally annoyed with these actions by homosexuals promoting and encouraging homosexuality to juveniles and teens in schools.I sent my children there to learn how to read, and write, do math and sciences. Not perverted sex education. I do believe they are corrupting the morals and the minds of minors. Isn’t that against the law to be doing such things? There are still laws on the books regarding these matters. Also sodomy is still illegal in many states as well as oral sex! I do not want my grandchildren exposed and being brainwashed to such vile behavior and depravity. If one of my grandchildren naturally displays that type of desires for that life style so be it, but I do not want them purposely exposed to such perverted and vile behavior! It is wrong morally to be exposing young minds to this depravity!

  • beowulf32

    The ACLU is riddled with Homo`s and you wont get any where with them, unless your a 13 year old boy. And that’s why their anti Christian they don’t like being told that its a sin to screw little boy & girls.

  • jdbixii

    What is morally unconscionable is the idea of encouraging people with psychological “gender” issues not to reconcile them with their biological sex.
    Since they believe in a kind of “natural law,” they need to be consistent. One’s biological sex should determine how one orientates oneself psychologically with respect to gender. Anything else is a perversion.

  • Ron Powell

    The ACLU has a communism agenda, the SPLC is basically on the same track. The best way to destroy a country is through moral decay and the ACLU and SPLC are doing their best through their lawyers to make it happen. Racial divisiveness, class envy, and open borders is also part of their plan.

  • doza

    Misery loves company. In this case it demands it and sues for it.

  • Keith Kilby

    AYE!