I am greatly concerned that Kosher.com is tarnishing its brand and alienating customers by associating itself with Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality (JONAH). This is an extreme organization that uses junk science and bad theology to debase, demean, and dehumanize gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. JONAH also appears at anti-gay conferences with Southern...
I am greatly concerned that Kosher.com is tarnishing its brand and alienating customers by associating itself with Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality (JONAH). This is an extreme organization that uses junk science and bad theology to debase, demean, and dehumanize gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. JONAH also appears at anti-gay conferences with Southern Poverty Law Center-certified hate groups, such as Americans for Truth About Homosexuality.
Kosher.com should understand that this partnership is offensive, defamatory and unacceptable. It is our hope that you are simply unaware of JONAH's unsavory history and have not seen its dishonest and mean-spirited attacks on LGBT people. We simply can’t imagine Kosher.com giving its stamp of approval to a group that purposely twists science, uses discredited therapists, and psychologically damages LGBT Orthodox Jews.
In a 2001 interview, JONAH’s co-founder, Arthur Abba Goldberg, told The Herald News in Paterson, New Jersey, that homosexuality is the result of “psychological trauma” and that “six months to three years of weekly therapy and prayer can cure it.”
In 2007, Abba Goldberg told The Jewish State newspaper that gay children should be treated the same way as “if a child was addicted to drugs or alcohol.” In 2010, Goldberg spoke at a right wing conference, The Truth Academy, and demonstrated his knack for confusing stereotypes with science:
“By the way, did you notice that a lot of gays who remain in the gay lifestyle also do a lot of body building,” said Abba Goldberg. “They will be in the gym a lot trying to build up their pecs… Because they have these body image issues and don’t feel they are masculine enough.”
Prior to co-founding JONAH, Abba Goldberg was sent to prison for bilking clients with Wall Street bond schemes. One judge called his crimes “a conspiratorial fraud of spectacular scope.”
Additionally, Alan Downing, JONAH’s lead “therapist”, was recently accused of having clients undress in front of a mirror and touch themselves.
Is Kosher.com really willing to turn a blind eye and ignore Abba Goldberg’s criminal past, JONAH’s offensive views, and its fraudulent efforts to “cure” LGBT people with inappropriate quack therapists? Is this the type of organization that Kosher.com wants participating in the company’s affiliate program?
I certainly hope not.
Kosher.com needs to take some corporate responsibility and initiative and dump JONAH from its program. It is wrong and morally unacceptable to subsidize homophobia by helping fund this dishonest, unsavory and medically unsound group. To continue to do so is not kosher.