Michael Hamar

Convicted Wall Street Felon To Speak At Peter LaBarbera's "Truth Academy"

Filed By Michael Hamar | August 06, 2010 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Living
Tags: Arthur Abba Goldberg, chosen family, ex-gay ministries, Peter LaBarbera, Truth Academy

Back in February I wrote a post on my blog, Michael-in-Norfolk about a story that Goldberg.jpgI helped break working with Wayne Besen and Norm Kent of South Florida Gay News concerning Arthur Abba Goldberg, one of the founders of JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives to Healing) a fraudulent ex-gay program. It turned out that JONAH wasn't Goldberg's only fraudulent activity.

He was convicted some years back for his role in a $2 billion bond fraud case. The case resulted in Goldberg doing time in federal prison. Now, Goldberg is out peddling fraudulent information yet again - this time as part of Peter "Porno Pete" LaBarbera's disingenuously named "Truth Academy."

Lies, bogus experts, and con artists - it's a good summation of those involved in ex-gay ministries which seem to rely on drug addicts, male prostitutes and the down and out to recruit their "ex-gays for pay" and faux experts. Jim Burroway has a commentary on Box Turtle Bulletin that sums up Goldberg's involvement in Porno Pete's ex-gay circus. Here are some highlights:

Peter LaBarbera's so-called "Truth Academy," which kicks off tomorrow, has an interesting lineup of characters. Among the invited speakers is Arthur Goldberg, of JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives to Healing)

In 1989 Goldberg was convicted of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Government. The conspiracy, in which he engineered a phony bond and investment scheme, netted him nearly $11 million in illegal fees. U.S. Attorney William O'Connor told the court at his sentencing that Goldberg's crime was "a fraud of spectacular scope." More recently, one of JONAH's so-called "life coaches" was accused by two former clients of inappropriate sexual misconduct.

Speaking of frauds of spectacular scope, another speaker at LaBarbera's little confab is Cliff Kincaid, of "Accuracy in Media." Kincaid has vigorously defended Uganda's proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill which would impose the death penalty on LGBT people under certain circumstances, and would criminalize any one else knowing or providing services to gay people.

Other speakers include Robert Knight, Coral Ridge Ministries; Ryan Sorba, Young Conservatives of California; Prof. Rena Lindevaldsen, Liberty University Law School; Matt Barber, Liberty Counsel; Laurie Higgins, Illinois Family Institute; and Greg Quinlan, Parents and Friends of Gays and Ex-Gays. Timothy Kincaid has a great rundown of the other speakers here

In his opinion released on Wednesday, Judge Vaughn Walker found the anti-gay witnesses of the proponents of Propaganda to be lacking in credibility. Obviously, that conclusion applies to Porno Pete's line up. The professional Christians time again and again rely on the same tired and fraudulent "experts" who are expert at nothing except lying and disseminating false information.

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Of course he's gay. A straight guy would have stopped at a $2 million bond fraud, but a gay guy knows size is everything.

A con artist would be the best at ex-gay therapy, because he doesn't need to believe in the hokum, just sell it.