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Former APA President Supports NARTH's Mission Statement, Assails APA's Intolerance....
NARTH ^ | 22 November 2004 | By A. Dean Byrd, Ph.D., MBA, MPH

Posted on 12/10/2004 11:33:44 AM PST by Ed Current

Former President of the American Psychological Association Robert Perloff was the keynote speaker at the annual NARTH Conference, which was held in Washington, DC on November 12-14, 2004.

Dr. Perloff is the Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Business Administration and of Psychology at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh.

The former APA president's lecture -- entitled "Free to Choose" -- received a standing ovation from the conference participants. The gathering at the Washington's Wyndham Hotel comprised the largest attendance of any NARTH Conference.

Dr. Perloff began his lecture by emphasizing the importance of client self-determination, a cornerstone value of all of the mental health professions. He stated,

"I am here as the champion of one's right to choose ... It is my fervent belief that freedom of choice should govern one's sexual orientation ... If homosexuals choose to transform their sexuality into heterosexuality, that resolve and decision is theirs and theirs alone, and should not be tampered with by any special interest group -- including the gay community..."

In support of the mission statement of NARTH, he concluded,

"The individual's right for self-determination of sexuality -- or sexual autonomy -- is, I am happy to see, inherent in NARTH's position statement: 'NARTH respects each client's dignity, autonomy, and free agency...every individual has the right to claim a gay identity, or to develop their heterosexual potential. The right to seek therapy to change one's sexual adaptation is considered self-evident and inalienable.' I subscribe fully to the aforementioned NARTH position statement."

Noting that he was a Fellow of APA's Lesbian and Gay division, Dr. Perloff reiterated his support for gay and lesbian issues. However, he vigorously declared his opposition to the efforts of the gay community within APA to prevent psychotherapists from accepting clients who wished to develop their heterosexual potential. Dr. Perloff articulated the following reasons for his position:

  1. "The individual has the right to choose whether he or she wishes to become straight. It is his or her choice, not that of an ideologically driven interest group.
  2. "To discourage a psychotherapist from undertaking a client wishing to convert, for reasons I will explain, [is] anti-research, anti-scholarship, and antithetical toward the quest for truth.
  3. "To deny a client the opportunity to engage in a psychotherapeutic experience is potentially harmful to the client, who may well have emotional problems and mental health roadblocks independent of that client's sexual orientation."

Dr. Perloff noted the growing body of research that contradicts the popular notion that change in sexual-orientation is not possible. He concluded, "The research on sexual conversion is, therefore, very much a work in progress, an open question, and efforts to declare that conversion is 'doomed to failure' and is 'futile' are irresponsible, reactionary and intellectually flawed."

When asked about the American Psychological Association's opinion of his presence at NARTH, Dr. Perloff indicated that he had recently received a warning phone call from a former member of APA's Board of Directors. This fellow psychologist "told me that a group of APA members were deeply concerned" that I had the "audacity and political incorrectness" to address NARTH (defined as a bunch of "bad guys").

Dr. Perloff's response to the caller was, "If APA or any of its special-interest mafias seek to bring ethics charges against me, they will face litigation the likes of which they have never encountered before."

He commended NARTH for its position, which he views as representative of the clear majority of Americans because of the popular support for traditional marriage that was expressed in the recent national elections.

Dr. Perloff encouraged NARTH to increase its membership and to continue articulating its views. He stated that freedom of choice is "a powerful and unassailable right inherent in human behavior, especially in a democratic society such as ours, where freedom of expression is guaranteed by the United States Constitution."

"NARTH," he added, "is a voice in the wilderness."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: apa; exgay; exgays; homosexual; homosexualagenda; narth; perloff; robertperloff
Congress has plenary authority to regulate and even abolish all jurisdiction of the lower federal courts and it has near plenary authority to restrict the jurisdiction of the United States Supreme Court.


1 posted on 12/10/2004 11:33:44 AM PST by Ed Current
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To: Ed Current

What's NARTH?


2 posted on 12/10/2004 11:47:40 AM PST by dangus
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To: Ed Current

Bob Perloff was one of the more interesting, informative professors in my MBA program. It is good to see him taking the position that the right to choose includes the right to choose a heterosexual orientation.


3 posted on 12/10/2004 11:50:27 AM PST by mak5
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To: dangus
NARTH
4 posted on 12/10/2004 11:57:09 AM PST by eastsider
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To: scripter; little jeremiah

ping!


5 posted on 12/10/2004 11:57:38 AM PST by FormerLib (Kosova: "land stolen from Serbs and given to terrorist killers in a futile attempt to appease them.")
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To: FormerLib

Excellent. Thanks for the ping.


6 posted on 12/10/2004 12:01:21 PM PST by scripter (Tens of thousands have left the homosexual lifestyle)
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To: Ed Current
From the article:

Dr. Perloff noted the growing body of research that contradicts the popular notion that change in sexual-orientation is not possible. He concluded, "The research on sexual conversion is, therefore, very much a work in progress, an open question, and efforts to declare that conversion is 'doomed to failure' and is 'futile' are irresponsible, reactionary and intellectually flawed."

This is really great news from a former APA president. All homosexuals need to hear and realize that there is a way out, that there are tens of thousands of former homosexuals and that more and more help is available.

The fact that former homosexuals really exist and that it's getting more press time is just wonderful.

7 posted on 12/10/2004 12:08:50 PM PST by scripter (Tens of thousands have left the homosexual lifestyle)
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To: dangus

What's NARTH?

It is the polar opposite of Sodomy, or South.

8 posted on 12/10/2004 12:14:52 PM PST by Ed Current
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To: scripter
First, Dr. Spitzer's Study, October 2003. Now, Dr. Sperloff. I applaud their courage.
9 posted on 12/10/2004 12:15:10 PM PST by eastsider
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To: Ed Current
BTTT


What We Can Do To Help Defeat the "Gay" Agenda


Homosexual Agenda: Categorical Index of Links (Version 1.1)


Myth and Reality about Homosexuality--Sexual Orientation Section, Guide to Family Issues"

10 posted on 12/10/2004 12:49:34 PM PST by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your financial support!)
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To: scripter; Clint N. Suhks; ArGee; lentulusgracchus; Bryan
An excerpt from "Former APA President Condemns APA for Barring Research"
11 posted on 12/10/2004 12:54:38 PM PST by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your financial support!)
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To: EdReform
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An excerpt from "When Activism Masquerades as Science: Potential Consequences of Recent APA Resolutions"

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12 posted on 12/10/2004 1:06:02 PM PST by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your financial support!)
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To: Ed Current

Bump.


13 posted on 12/10/2004 1:38:01 PM PST by tuesday afternoon (Everything happens for a reason. - 40 and 43)
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To: EdReform; backhoe; Yehuda; Clint N. Suhks; saradippity; stage left; Yakboy; I_Love_My_Husband; ...

Homosexual Agenda Ping. Good, good article. Excellent ammunition for the truth.

Let me and ItsOurTimeNow know if anyone wants on/off this pinglist.

What do people think about Congress limiting federal court jurisdiction? Sounds good to me.


14 posted on 12/10/2004 3:32:01 PM PST by little jeremiah (What would happen if everyone decided their own "right and wrong"?)
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To: Ed Current

Robert Perloff: Who me?

15 posted on 12/10/2004 4:04:26 PM PST by DBeers
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To: tuesday afternoon

BTTT


16 posted on 12/10/2004 6:26:12 PM PST by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your financial support!)
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To: EdReform; scripter; little jeremiah; ArGee; lentulusgracchus; Bryan
I was going cite Spitzer's Wall Street Journal interview where he said "change was possible". Your link says basically the same thing.

Dr. Robert Spitzer: "I'm convinced from people I have interviewed...many of them...have made substantial changes toward becoming heterosexual. I came to this study skeptical. I now claim that these changes can be sustained."

It's simply an affront to science that the APA's position for its members prohibits treating patients who want to change. The ONLY therapy they can seek is religious therapy, a poor substitute for modern cognitive/behavioral therapy.

It's the right time and the right place for Dr. Robert Perloff to make his case now given the backlash from the public in this past election. Let's hope both APA's take notice and for once rid this nation/world from the BIG LIE committed by the APA in 1973. Homosexuality IS a paraphilic disorder and still to this day meets the criterion for diagnosis of anxiety, poor psychosocial dysfunction and negative well-being.

17 posted on 12/10/2004 9:24:19 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks
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To: Ed Current

Great find Ed...you don't have a cousin named Ed do you?


18 posted on 12/10/2004 9:25:38 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks
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To: Clint N. Suhks; lentulusgracchus; scripter; ArGee; little jeremiah; Ed Current; All

Let's hope both APA's take notice and for once rid this nation/world from the BIG LIE committed by the APA in 1973. Homosexuality IS a paraphilic disorder and still to this day meets the criterion for diagnosis of anxiety, poor psychosocial dysfunction and negative well-being.


I hope you are right, Clint, but it seems unlikely. Homosexual activists and their pro-homosexual supporters are entrenched, not only in the APAs, but in many other 'professional' medical organizations. Consider the following:

An excerpt from "A.P.A.'s Society for the Study of Gay Issues Urges Psychologists To Become Political Activists"

"May 7, 2004 - The Division 44 Newsletter, (Spring, 2004) published by the American Psychological Association's Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues, urged gay psychologists to become activists in supporting gay marriage and domestic partnerships. Judith Glassgold, the president of Division 44, also urged gay psychologists to oppose any attempts by conservative groups to de-fund sexual orientation or sexuality studies conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

In her editorial, Glassgold says that Division 44 has contacted the APA's Public Policy office to urge them to lobby against President Bush's Defense of Marriage Amendment. In addition, she has encouraged gay psychologists to build allies inside the APA and also with outside gay, bisexual, lesbian, and transgendered communities.

She noted that Division 44 is building relationships with Division 19, the Military Psychology section of the APA in order to "oppose unfair and discriminatory policies together."

Dr. Glassgold also observed that the Executive Committee's meeting in Chicago (March, 2004) was to be devoted to a discussion of military issues, family protections and rights, as well as transgender issues.

Transsexual Psychologist Urges Change In DSM

In a separate article in the Division 44 Newsletter, a male-to-female transsexual doctor, writing under a pen name, expressed his hope that someday the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual would be changed to normalize transsexualism.

Madeline H. Wyndzen states: "As a psychologist and transsexual, I find that the mental illness label imposed on transsexuality is just as disquieting as the label that used to be imposed upon homosexuality." He said he looked forward to the day when his children will think that it was "unfathomable that I was once diagnosed and treated for 'Gender Identity Disorder.'"

Heterosexuality "No Longer Normative"

Division 44 head Dr. Glassgold wrote a second essay in the newsletter which dealt with the use of psychoanalysis and other philosophies to "reformulate" psychoanalysis and reorder society's view of reality.

According to Glassgold, "Psychoanalysis has evolved and modern psychoanalysis no longer sees heterosexuality as normative and no longer views sexual and gender varieties as pathological; as a result, psychoanalysis and LGBT psychology do not have to be at odds, and can actually be allies."

Glassgold says that psychoanalysis, united with postmodernism and social constructionism, "provides very powerful theories to understand reality; however this potential has yet to be fully realized."

She continues, "Social change as well as new and fluid models of gender and sexuality can evolve from psychoanalytic understanding. Some of the strengths of modern psychoanalysis are its rejection of predetermined goals, its embracing of psychic creativity, and respect for an individual's agency in self-realization..."


The homosexual communtiy's well planned and well financed campaign to remove homosexuality from the DSM began with their infiltration of the American Psychiatric Association. It wasn't science, but rather pro-homosexual activism that was, and continues to be, the primary force behind policy changes and the politically correct statments made by the APA and the majority of the other "professional" medical organizations.

Make no mistake, the homosexual activists knew exactly what they were doing in the days leading up to the removal of homosexuality from the DSM. Once they had control of the American Psychiatric Association, all the other 'professional' organizations ( such as the American Psychological Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Mental Health Association, etc.) fell in line and now accept and march to the APA's pro-homosexual party line. Click here (then scroll down the page to "The American Academy of Pediatrics") for a list of other pro-homosexual 'professional' associations that toe each others' homosexual agenda lines.

This was the homosexual community's biggest victory. It permitted them to claim that "homosexuality is normal" and set the stage to present this "normalcy" to the general public via a well planned media campaign ( outlined in 'The Overhauling of Straight America' ), and to kids in the public schools via Kevin Jennings' GLSEN. Kids as young as kindergarten age are now being indoctrinated with "homosexuality is normal."

For documentation of homosexual activism in both the APA's and the AAP, see the following replies in scripter's "Homosexual Agenda: Categorical Index of Links (Revision 1.1)" thread:

American Psychological Association: 121, 240, 242, 300, 329, 331, and 336.

American Psychiatric Association: 46, 139, 213, 232, 237, 239, 241, 243, and 246 and 300.

American Academy of Pediatrics: 284

19 posted on 12/11/2004 11:45:13 AM PST by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your financial support!)
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To: Clint N. Suhks; little jeremiah; EdReform; FormerLib; scripter

you don't have a cousin named Ed do you?

Yeah, and Cousin Ed has a cousin named me too.


What do people think about Congress limiting federal court jurisdiction? Sounds good to me.

14 posted on 12/10/2004 3:32:01 PM PST by little jeremiah (What would happen if everyone decided their own "right and wrong"?)

So, what about little jeremiah's question?

The House and States are ready for an Amendment, but the U.S. Senate appears a little shy.

H.R. 3313 requires only 51/55 GOP Senators. An Amendment would require all the GOP + 12 others.

Amendment forces everyone to comply, and H.R. 3313 lets the states continue without fed court interference.

20 posted on 12/11/2004 5:00:17 PM PST by Ed Current
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