The SPLC, a multi-million dollar law firm in Alabama, has issued a report, built around revelations that emerged from a lawsuit against JONAH that was tried in New Jersey last year. Is it true what they are saying, and if not, why do they say this? Let us have a look.
Represented by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and other attorneys, several gay plaintiffs sued Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing, or JONAH (formerly Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality), under a state consumer fraud law.
The judge in the case barred almost all testimony from the six experts proffered by the defendants. JONAH was not allowed to call in expert witnesses to contradict the wild allegations constructed by the SPLC and extremist gay-libbers. In this way, a lame-winged JONAH was sued out of business. The SPLC now presents its story; they hope to achieve even more success with their version of the truth.
The report called ‘Quacks’ starts off with the following sentences:
“If the quacks who make up the reparative therapy business are not stopped, lives will continue to be ruined. The “science” examined here actively harms people, leading with grim regularity to suicide, depression and an array of self-destructive behaviors. It demeans, defames and defrauds human beings, typically at their most vulnerable moments. “Ex-gay” therapists are like the “experts” beloved by the Nazis who thought they could identify inferior human beings by measuring their subjects’ skulls.”
So there you have the opening sentences to put every reader in a certain mind-frame: “grim regularity of suicides”, “beloved by the Nazis”, “identifying inferior human beings”, “quacks”, “actively harming people”. Welcome to the deadly spin of the SPLC lynch mob.
In the seventies of the previous century, the SPLC got rich by attacking the rhetoric of the Ku Klux Klan. Fifty years later they copy the same tactics, the same rhetoric, the same fear-mongering and they want to dish out punishments as vehemently as the Ku Klux Klan wanted to do, to save society just like the KKK wanted a better America. They have become a hate group themselves.
In a series of three articles we will analyze this SPLC account of the JONAH trial and ask ourselves:
1. who are these people?
2. is it true what they are saying?
3. if not, why do they do this?
Part 1 Who are these people?
1.1 The SPLC
The humanist website A Voice For Men writes:
“The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is an Alabama based organization operating under the auspices of civil rights advocacy. Once there was a time when SPLC did proactive work in the civil rights arena, targeting the Ku Klux Klan and other known hate organizations through the legal system. However, under the current leadership the organization’s mission has drifted toward the persecution of individuals and groups who oppose mainstream political thought.
It is a left-wing organization, and its attorneys have founded several left-wing political organizations. If targeted organizations have other opinions than for example big main stream organizations, then they are persecuted for doing so.
By using their formerly legitimate reputation as a civil rights advocacy organization, SPLC is not only engaging in public deception, but is seeking to undermine the principles of tolerance and equal treatment under the law. And the SPLC does so viciously.”
On his website, attorney Matt Barber, who specializes in constitutional law, writes:
“Southern Poverty Law Center has officially been declared a left-wing hate group. According to its own materials, the SPLC was internationally known for tracking and exposing the activities of hate groups. Alas, “power corrupts,” as it goes, and the SPLC, having amassed tremendous power and wealth over the years, has regrettably become corrupt to its core. By way of an ever-escalating wave of “us-versus-them” money-grubbing schemes, today’s SPLC has morphed into a far-left political activist outfit, famous for promoting a panoply of extreme liberal causes.”
The Social Contract Press writes:
“They are the King of Fearmongerers, scaring donors since 1971. Thanks to the generosity of four decades’ worth of donors, many of whom are aging Northern-state “1960s liberals” who continue to associate “Southern” and “poverty” with lynchings, white-hooded Klansmen, and sitting at the back of the bus, and thanks to the sheer genius at direct-mail marketing, the SPLC is probably the richest poverty organization in the history of the world.
With their talent for crafting multi-page alarmist fundraising letters, the SPLC has steadily accumulated a mountain of surpluses: $52 million in net assets that the SPLC reported during the mid-1990s, in 2016 it has risen to more than $300 million.
Because in civil cases, in contrast to criminal cases, the government is not obliged to supply defendants with free lawyers, most groups who are targeted in SPLC civil cases go bankrupt.
The groups chosen out are usually economically and socially marginal groups, whose units typically consist of a handful of down-market youths clustered around a kitchen table. They can seldom afford either decent lawyers or the cost of mounting an effective defense.”
In this way the SPLC acts as a political bulldozer by eradicating small groups who indulge in what the radical left-wingers consider inappropriate opinions. In doing so, all public debate is stealthily by-passed. The Social Contract Press goes on further to say:
“The SPLC says that there is an ever-spiraling amount of hate in America, and sure enough, its state-by-state list of hate and patriot groups has grown steadily over the years, especially during the presidency of Obama,. In 2016 they state that the count has increased by 14% in the last two years.”
On their website, the SPLC splashes the numbers of so-called hate groups in big and alarming red figures, in order to look very disturbing.
Non-existent ‘hate groups’
Robert Wilcox from the Kansas University says:
“Many of the organizations on the SPLC’s expansive list may be two guys and a post-office box, while others might not exist at all. Their lists of hate groups never have addresses that can be checked. Up to 20% can’t even be found. All they can sometimes find is a post-office box. People have tried to track down these groups, but they couldn’t find them”,
Wilcox goes on to say:
“For their donation-generating machine, powered by SPLC’s mastery of the use of “hate” to coax dollars, the SPLC wants to ensure that “hate” is forever.
They always look for cash-strapped defendants plus maximum donor-base appeal. For example, in recent times anti-LGBT sells and to advocate it raises millions of donation dollars. In 2014 they filed a fraud lawsuit against an obscure Jewish nonprofit group in New Jersey that offers so-called conversion therapy to gays and lesbians hoping to enter traditional heterosexual marriages. They reached an undisclosed settlement.”
Time magazine writes:
“The court refused to hear JONAH’s experts, who include a social worker and clinical instructor at Ohio State University; a psychiatrist and preceptor at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; and a former University of Toronto professor of psychiatry.”
People are forced to reach a settlement, lest they go bankrupt. But the court’s verdict is used in the next case for yet another victim of the accusation of hate crime. The SPLC does not primarily desire money, they want the court decision unappealed, so it can be built upon in the future. And to do so, the small group has to go bankrupt so they can’t go in appeal.
The next victim is People Can Change, a small group of adult men, minding their own business. After that, they will go for the jugular: all psychotherapists in the USA who dare to have any other professional view than the radical gay-lib world-view.
Our conclusion about the SPLC
The SPLC is a small group of successful attorneys in Alabama, who by means of their business model, have received millions of dollars of donations from well-to-do white 1960 liberals to persecute all elements of unwanted political behavior in American society.
Out of hand
The SPLC has grown out of hand; the FBI does not want to support them anymore, and an ever increasing list of “hate groups” is published yearly by these extremists, not to persecute hate crimes (because those perpetrators have been put out of business) but to carry on in an ever increasing left-wing agenda to the extent of extremism against differing opinions, even according to many moderate left-wingers in the USA. And of course an ever increasing funding by white, politically correct millionaires who still believe that the Ku Klux Klan is on its way to hang “niggers” from trees if the SPLC says so.
They have photos (preferably from the 1930‘s) to prove their point, obsolete electroshocks, lobotomies etc. And outdated photos are used over and over again for different causes. When there are no photos, then You-tube videos and cartoons are professionally crafted to look authentic and make the victim look very bad. After all, one image says more to an unsuspecting jury than a thousand words. Spin and images of horror have become a standard tactic. They have the resources to easily do so. According to their ever expanding and yearly updated State Hate List, rural America would be more intolerant than Islamic State. Fear sells.
JONAH as victim
A recent victim is the small sexual minority of orthodox Jews with self acclaimed unwanted same-sex attractions, seeking to investigate their innate heterosexual capacities, and who minded their own business in forming an informal support group, JONAH. They were attacked and put out of business by a paranoid small group of radical gay-libbers. These gays turned to the SPLC and since then, the SPLC has supported them.
By embracing an unsubstantiated radical LGBT agenda, the SPLC has received millions of dollars from men dying from AIDS, men who have left their inheritance to the fight for justice. The SPLC funding has risen yearly since they embraced the radical gay-lib agenda and declared to save the world, in close cooperation with extremists.
Part 1.2 Radical Gay-lib
We have looked into the SPLC. But they were coached by radical gay-libbers, a small group consisting essentially of no more than three people. Who are these radical gay-libbers? The names that always pop up everywhere are Wayne Besen, Lee Beckstead and Samantha Ames.
The National Centre for Lesbian Rights is a small law firm in Los Angeles, which has been suing people or organizations who oppose radical gay-lib ideology. Samantha Ames leads a campaign called Born Perfect, meaning that lesbians are perfect, and that all forms of criticism, therapy or opposition to lesbian behavior are futile. She aims to criminalize each and every form of therapy which is not gay-affirmative in the US by the year 2019, even when that therapy is deliberately sought for by consenting adults.
On the BBC in Britain (click here) during one of her heavily sponsored international propaganda campaigns, she says that orientation therapists are merely a negligible fringe of the psychotherapeutic community, and yet on the other hand she says they are a lucrative industry.
It is difficult to see how a ‘fringe’ of marginal psychotherapists would constitute a booming industry with a normal professional salary on the one hand, and that her law firm which earns $5 million a year and a SPLC which has $300 million to its disposal, are merely altruistically encouraging public awareness.
That ‘fringe’, so we are led to believe, is an international problem, needing the complete Democratic Party of the USA, the President himself, more than five professional mental health organizations, the United Nations, the Pan-American Health Organization, the Federal Trade Commission, State laws in as many US states as possible, and media coverage worldwide to combat ‘potential harm’.
Talk of harm, in 2009 the American Psychological Association wrote:
“We conclude that there is a scarcity of scientifically sound research on the safety of SOCE. Early and recent research studies provide no clear indication of the prevalence of harmful outcomes among people who have undergone efforts to change their sexual orientation or the frequency of occurrence of harm because no study to date of adequate scientific rigor has been explicitly designed to do so. Thus, we cannot conclude how likely it is that harm will occur from Sexual Orientation Change Efforts.”
The Human Rights Campaign is a radical gay-lib organization which lobbies to fight against anti-gay discrimination. In their most recent post on their website against Republican Representative Allen, they state: “Representative Allen should apologize or be censured”. The idea of censorship appeals to the HRC, and they portray freedom of speech as an abusive right-wing instrument of persecution. These rights should be taken away from people with opposing views. They don’t deserve it.
How do these people operate?
a) Radical gay-lib is out to make its highly controversial world-view on sexual issues known to vulnerable young persons who are ignorant of scientific facts and of the nature of scientific debate with all its ongoing scientific doubts. Not only do they spread radical ideology, but at the same time they wish to monopolize all debate about same-sex attractions in the public sphere.
b) They take it one step further and are also out to intrude with their monopoly of opinion in the very private sphere of every individual, including vulnerable individuals seeking counseling and guidance. Even intruding is not enough: they literally express their desire to eradicate all people and/or organizations that participate in the public and private arena of vulnerable young people seeking guidance; they seek to end scientific debate all together, as they say “for once and for all”.
c) After that has been achieved, then they can spread their world-view as being the only possible world-view because dissidence has been eradicated and labeled unethical, thus crushing diversity in therapeutic guidance and the funding of scientific research (unethical topics receive no research funding).
d) The extremists achieve this by shaming, ridiculing, defaming, denouncing, slandering, crushing and purging all other views on human sexuality which differ from their own. This is done in a deliberate and highly organized way, not only towards opposing views but also by directly targeting and publicly attacking named individuals, thus minimizing their chances of fair treatment in the public and private arena of consumer choices.
e) They proclaim that same-sex attractions constitute your whole being and ssa’s would rule out opposite-sex attractions. A vulnerable youngster who is questioning sexual issues is led to accept as a truth that he/she is therefore homosexual, and when in doubt, they make explicitly and implicitly clear to the vulnerable youngster that he/she will definitely embrace this truth in a matter of time, the so-called inevitable coming out process. A doubting youngster stands no fair chance of seeing things from any other perspective.
f) They do this because they believe that one is born that way. They suggest that being born this way would be proven by science, leaving the youngster nowhere to go in his doubts and his search for human possibilities. Youngsters are led to believe that the segregated gay subculture, sometimes labeled as ‘community’, is his/her rightful place in life, and that the youngster needs to fraternize in this community as fast and totally as possible, giving the youngster no fair chance to learn to fraternize with heterosexual peers and family members. The youngster is taught to see him/herself as a member of a minority with all the stress, estrangement and sadness that this entails.
g) The radicals implicitly and explicitly teach youngsters to oppose all values that their parents wished to pass on to the next generation, and they endeavor to teach that embracing deviance is a core value. This inevitably collides with the personal peace of mind of the youngster, which is unfair given the fact that happiness and deviance are not necessarily synonymous.
h) They impose on all doubting and searching youngsters the notion that one is member of a persecuted minority, that the human race consists of two sorts of people, to the extent that it would even be a genetic affair, that one would therefore be a mutant, which is unfair in view of scientific facts on the subject.
i) Youngsters are encouraged to take every incident of intolerance, big or small, in the news or gay press highly personally and to assume that they are all interconnected. In this way, the extremists feed a paranoid on-look on life in vulnerable youngsters, to the extent that they learn to mistrust other people who do not identify as homosexual. Doubting youngsters do not get a fair chance to investigate in an unbiased way the world of which we all are part.
j) Radical gay-lib goes on in publications, press statements, and testimonies to organizations such as the White House, the United Nations and in communications with politicians to impose a paranoid view on persons who do not embrace their ‘born that way’ ideology, to the extent that we witness pure hate speech in society. The other side of the debate is never taken into account. In their statements, they proceed to use phrases as torture, murder, kidnapping, and reparative rape; they relentlessly and without evidence imply that persons with another view on sexual issues drive helpless “victims” to suicide.
k) This radical gay-lib behavior is to be considered alarmist. Persons with opposing views are framed to the extent that they are not taken seriously, placing them in an unfair position to prove their professional integrity and personal sincerity towards individuals who experience same-sex attractions.
It is hard to believe how going to a hospital Emergency Ward with their rush and fuss and resistant bacteria, would constitute a far smaller danger to health than going to a shrink and discussing how wonderful breasts look. And what has the Secretary General of the United Nations got to do with appreciating the opposite sex?
We bisexuals, if you insist on a label, acknowledge our same-sex attractions, but wish to look into our opposite-sex potential too. We are being screwed.
To be continued in Part 2, where we ask ourselves “Is it true what they are saying?”
Job Berendsen MD, Amsterdam.