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JONAH Update Video Clip (26 minutes)
Charles LiMandri discusses what is probably the most important religious liberty case in the United States at this time. Through this "first of its kind" lawsuit against JONAH, Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing, the SPLC is trying to use a state consumer fraud act to put a religiously based nonprofit organization out of business.
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Conscience is the inner voice in a man that moves him to do good under any circumstances and to avoid evil by all means. At the same time it is the ability to distinguish the one from the other. In the conscience God speaks to man.
Conscience is compared with an inner voice in which God manifests himself in a man. God is the one who becomes apparent in the conscience. When we say, “I cannot reconcile that with my conscience”, this means for a Christian, “I cannot do that in the sight of my Creator!” Many people have gone to jail or been executed because they were true to their conscience.
Can someone be compelled to do something
that is against his conscience?
No one may be compelled to act against his conscience, provided he acts within the limits of the common good.
Anyone who overlooks the conscience of a person, ignores it and uses coercion, violates that person’s dignity. Practically nothing else makes man more human than the gift of being able personally to distinguish good from evil and to choose between them. This is so even if the decision, seen in an objective light, is wrong. Unless man’s conscience has been incorrectly formed, the inner voice speaks in agreement with what is generally reasonable, just, and good in God’s sight. (YOUCAT questions 295-296)
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The brief was filed on behalf of Catholic Answers and in conjunction with the
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The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF)
provides protective legal services at the trial level to persons
whose religious liberty and free speech rights have been attacked.
JONAH Lawsuit with Chuck LiMandri and Thom Senzee 12-21-12
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF) Defends Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH)--Targeted for Helping People with Unwanted Same Sex Attractions
December 19, 2012 -- The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF) announced today that it has accepted the role of lead defense counsel for Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH) in a precedent-setting lawsuit. FCDF is a national public interest law firm that represents people whose freedom of conscience has come under attack. JONAH is a faith-based, nonprofit organization that offers assistance to men and women seeking to resolve their sexual conflicts, including unwanted same sex attractions. JONAH has been unjustly sued by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) who claims that homosexuality is permanently fixed and that people cannot be helped in overcoming their unwanted same-sex attractions.
SPLC 's position is inconsistent with numerous scientific and medical opinions and studies, finding that sexual attraction is influenced by many factors, both environmental and biological. Even certain gay activist groups claim that sexual attractions can be fluid and change throughout people’s lives. SPLC's allegations also ignore the thousands of people who have already benefited from programs, such as those offered by JONAH and others, many of whom are now living their life long dreams, including traditional marriage and children.
Charles LiMandri, the President and Chief Counsel of the FCDF, stated, "The SPLC lawsuit is ill-conceived and legally untenable for multiple reasons. It seeks to violate the First Amendment freedoms of speech, religion and association not only of JONAH and the other defendants, but also untold numbers of people in need that stand to benefit from their services."
For over twelve years, JONAH has helped hundreds of people live the lives that they want, consistent with their personal values. JONAH’s mission is to give all people the opportunity to explore their internal conflicts around sexuality and other values in a caring, non-judgmental environment.
JONAH has never been the target of a lawsuit until now, and this lawsuit is apparently the result of SPLC advertising in the media for people willing to be named as plaintiffs against JONAH. SPLC's lawsuit seeks to deprive men and women who experience unwanted same sex attractions of the opportunity to explore and resolve these attractions so that they can live healthier and happier lives consistent with their own personal values. "It is the height of intolerance and arrogance for the SPLC to dictate to individuals who experience unwanted same sex attraction and who are seeking help, that they are not entitled to receive such help nor support in a way that respects their personal values," LiMandri stated: "JONAH and the other defendants will be vigorously defended against these baseless claims to protect not only their Constitutional rights, but also the right of self-determination of all those who wish to resolve their unwanted same sex attractions."
FCDF is being assisted in this precedent-setting case, which was filed in New Jersey, by local counsel Michael Laffey. Mr. Laffey is a highly respected New Jersey attorney who is experienced in freedom of speech and religious liberty cases.
About Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF)
As a result of increasing attacks on religious freedom, many persons of conscience have meritorious claims for harassment, defamation, and discrimination. With his decades of experience in this area, Charles LiMandri has been selected to head up a joint strike team comprised of the FCDF and Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which is making available its nationwide network of thousands of attorneys to assist in these cases at the local level under Mr. LiMandri's direct supervision.
The assault on religious liberty, traditional family values and human life is prompting people of faith to step up in strong defense of their inalienable rights. To learn more about FCDF or to support its work, please visit www.ConscienceDefense.org.
Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund
P.O. Box 9520
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
Tel: (858) 759-9948; Fax: (858) 759-9938