The important thing is not who or how but that Arthur Goldberg is being held accountable for promoting conversion therapy pseudoscience.

Arthur Abba Goldberg
The SPLC has asked a New Jersey court to find Arthur Goldberg guilty of violating a permanent injunction prohibiting him from operating a conversion therapy business

Last December, based primarily on an analysis of their 2016 tax return, I questioned whether Arthur Goldberg was back in the conversion therapy business in defiance of a New Jersey court order.

Has Jewish gay conversion therapy returned to New Jersey?

It looked like Goldberg simply converted one nonprofit organization into another. I referred the matter to Heidi Beirich at the SPLC.

Late Wednesday, SPLC published: SPLC asks court to enforce order closing fraudulent ‘conversion therapy’ firm. It reads in part:

The SPLC filed a motion today asking a court to enforce an order requiring the complete dissolution of a fraudulent gay-to-straight “conversion therapy” provider that the court ordered to shut down nearly three years ago, but that continues to operate under a different name.

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But just 11 days after the permanent injunction was issued, JONAH filed articles of incorporation for “Jewish Institute for Global Awareness (JIFGA),” which is essentially a continuation of JONAH. Not only does it have JONAH’s assets, leadership and core operations, but it has also maintained the same physical place of business and telephone number.…

Perhaps the most ironic part of this is that Ryan T. Anderson is partially responsible for my curiosity. Anderson is the editor of Witherspoon Institute’s blog; Public Discourse. (Witherspoon Institute is a far-right organization headed by an Opus Dei numerary.) Anderson published a piece by Arthur Goldberg as president of Jewish Institute for Global Awareness. Goldberg is a convicted felon and swindler so anything he posts creates suspiArthur Abba Goldberg, Gay Conversion Therapy, Jewish Institute for Global Awareness, JONAH, Southern Poverty Law Centercion.

In a separate action, I filed a complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission because it appeared as if Goldberg was violating his lifetime ban on being an investment adviser. JIFGA’s phone number, previously Jonah’s phone number, is also the phone number of Alfus Financial Services.

I do not know whether or not the gonif (Yiddish, roughly horse thief) has any money. However, under the terms of the original injunction, a violation means that he would owe the SPLC a pile of money in legal fees.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.