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Investigation: Convicted Felon, Con Man Runs Jewish 'Ex-Gay' Orgs

South Florida Gay News and Truth Wins Out yesterday unmasked Arthur Abba Goldberg (known as Abba Dabba Doo in the financial world),a leader at two national "ex-gay" organizations, as a con man and ex-con who defrauded the poor with bond schemes:

Abbadabbadoo  "The leader of JONAH, Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality, Arthur Abba Goldberg, is now also serving as President of his Jersey City temple. He was sent to federal prison 20 years ago for a conspiracy to defraud the United States of America. Additionally, Goldberg is presently the Executive Secretary of NARTH- the National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality. The group hopes to heal “unwanted homosexuality” through “therapeutic care.” One more group he supervises is PATH- Positive Alternatives to Homosexuality- a coalition of religious, ministerial, and ex-gay groups promoting “non-gay alternatives to homosexual lifestyles.” He is their President. Goldberg, who reinvented himself in 2000 as the founder of JONAH, was found guilty in 1989 of numerous felonies in multiple jurisdictions. The charges ranged from federal mail and wire fraud to conspiracy counts as a result of a bogus bond writing scheme."

National Anti Gay Leader Is a Convicted Felon, Con Man [south florida gay news]
Ex-Gay Icon is Secret Ex-Con Who Specialized In Bilking Poor Communities [truth wins out]

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  1. A con man is a con man is a con man.

    Posted by: Evan Hurst | Feb 16, 2010 11:10:24 AM

  2. Wow this guy is really focused on Gay people. I wonder how much "research" each week he does with Gay men?

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Feb 16, 2010 11:15:46 AM

  3. anyone surprised one con is the same any other con. just another snake oil salesman with a different flavor of snake oil.

    Posted by: walter | Feb 16, 2010 12:22:47 PM

  4. Why is it so many of these bigots look nuts? How is it so many are fooled by them?

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Feb 16, 2010 12:42:48 PM

  5. A con is pretty much the same as any other. But, some are obviously more repulsive in who the victims are than others. This guy should wind up in a shallow grave somewhere. He's poison.

    Posted by: TANK | Feb 16, 2010 12:50:22 PM

  6. Ah, sweet, disinfecting sunshine!

    Posted by: jimmy | Feb 16, 2010 1:32:41 PM

  7. It's interesting, but I would think there's not much to be gained by pointing this out. The rightwingers will just say that he has repented of his sins.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Feb 16, 2010 1:33:06 PM

  8. I see that the source for all impartial scholarly discourse, Wikipedia, has cleansed the NARTH page of this guy.

    *heavy sarcasm mode off*

    There is a LOT of profit to be made on the whole "ex-gay" con, so I can see how it would be attractive to this dirt bag. After all, you don't even have to prove that what you are doing works. You can cite discredited studies, hurt people, and take money under false pretenses. With the "ex-gay" scam, no one ever even gets prosecuted.

    Posted by: Steven | Feb 16, 2010 2:20:55 PM

  9. What a shocker!

    Posted by: jaragon | Feb 16, 2010 6:35:55 PM

  10. Andy,

    Would you consider organized all the bogus-conversion pieces from the last four years? With a special emphasis on the mainstream studies that show the programs don't work AND with emphasis on all the conversion leaders who have, er, reverted; and especially those whom left the field and have declared, from their personal experience, that it doesn't work? (And all the horrible things done in the name of conversion?)

    Why? Because the time is ripe for that extra-special printed-matter super thoroughly cited article. Because the CNN thing has to be rebutted hard. Because it's time for a book; or an interactive feature-length article.

    Posted by: matt | Apr 7, 2010 2:41:52 AM

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