In 2015, the “ex-gay” organization, Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality (JONAH), was forced to shut down when they lost a New Jersey lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center. After only three hours of deliberation, a jury convicted Arthur Abba Goldberg and his co-conspirators of consumer fraud.
Abba Goldberg quickly violated the court’s harsh terms by starting the Jewish Institute for Global Awareness (JIFGA), a barely concealed JONAH knockoff. He also started a fundraising vehicle comically named Funding Morality. The court smacked him down with a judge declaring Abba Goldberg’s chicanery was “constituting criminal contempt of this court and its orders.” Abba Goldberg has appealed the ruling.
It seems that Abba Goldberg has slithered back out of gutter for more mischief.
In a January 19, 2021 fundraising letter, the conman portrayed himself as a victim and shamelessly panhandled for donations. He urged the money be sent to the Natural Law Defense Fund (NLDF). According to NLDF’s website:
Tragically, on August 7, 2019, Funding Morality was shut down, thanks to more legal maneuvers by the SPLC. The judge ordered a $3.2 million fine to be paid, ordered the website and its parent nonprofit to shut down, holding that it violated a previous order in 2015. A small team of dedicated defenders has banded together to take on Goliath and appeal the judge’s decision.
In his whiny, grifting plea for cash, Goldberg beseeched former donors to save him from a calamity of his own making. He tugged at the heartstrings and portrayed himself as a helpless old man desperate for assistance.
“Please be aware that in order to cover some of the costs, I recently mortgaged my family home in Jersey City, where my wife and I have been living for more than 46 years. This is something that a person close to 80 years old should not be forced to do.”
The 46 years presumably don’t include Abba Goldberg’s stay in prison. Upon leaving the Big House, Abba Goldberg concealed his real name and criminal record as a “Wall Street bond whiz” and notorious conman. He’s also a racist, having described his cruel and illegal financial scheme in Guam as “selling bonds to the cannibals.”
At Peter LaBarbera’s Truth Academy in 2010, Goldberg told the audience listening to his speech, “By the way, did you notice that a lot of gays who remain in the gay lifestyle also do a lot of body building. They will be in the gym a lot trying to build up their pecs…Because they have these body image issues and don’t feel they are masculine enough.”
No doubt, Abba Goldberg had plenty of time for bodybuilding during his stay in prison.