On October 21, 2020, attorneys for New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms filed an amicus brief (also known as a friend-of-the-court brief) in New Jersey state court in the case of Ferguson v. JONAH.
Jews Offering New Alternatives to Healing (JONAH) was a small nonprofit organization in New Jersey that assisted men seeking freedom from unwanted same-sex attraction. A few disgruntled former JONAH participants—represented by the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)—sued JONAH, and a trial was held in 2015 before an overtly biased judge. Following that trial, a jury found JONAH liable for consumer fraud. JONAH later settled the case and reluctantly agreed to close its doors.
Unfortunately, the left has not been satisfied with shutting JONAH down. Last year, the SPLC filed an injunction alleging that JONAH had violated its settlement agreement. In response, attorneys for Family Research Council (FRC) and NYCF filed an amicus brief. The brief argues that a June 19 court order violated the defendants’ First Amendment right to free speech by barring them from engaging in advocacy about sexual orientation change. The brief also argues that the court’s order violated the defendants’ right to freedom of association by barring them from serving on the boards of any tax-exempt organizations in the State of New Jersey.
NYCF appreciates the efforts made by FRC and by attorney Ronald D. Coleman, Esq. to stand for freedom and truth in this case. It is important for the truth about sexual orientation—namely, that change is possible—to be spoken, and it is important to fight back against leftist efforts to punish and silence those who help persons with unwanted same-sex attraction. Furthermore, Christians cannot look the other way when activist judges trample on the Constitution. In this instance, a Jewish organization is being targeted; next time, it could be a Christian organization.