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Noted U.S. Psychologists Condemn Gay Activist Influence on APA ^ | Tuesday December 20, 2005 | Gudrun Schultz

Posted on 12/20/2005 7:12:07 PM PST by nickcarraway

Accuse mental-health associations of allowing gay activists to distort research

Senior members of the psychological community delivered a scathing condemnation of the American Psychological Association (APA), at the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) conference last month.

Dr. Nicolas Cummings, Ph.D, a former president of the APA, said pro-homosexual social activist influence has undermined the scientific legitimacy of psychological research within the organization.

Dr. Cummings charged that research by the APA is now limited to projects where “they know what the outcome is going to be…only research with predictably favorable outcomes is permissible.” (reported by Linda Ames Nicolosi for the NARTH website).

Cummings expressed his concern over the APA’s backing for legalized gay marriage, which was recommended by the APA in 2004 because it would “promote mental health,” among members of the gay community. That decision, said Cummings, was based upon vague research which indicated “loving relationships are healthy’’ in a general sense.

“That was one of the worst resolutions, ” Cummings said. “ When we speak in the name of psychology we are to speak only from facts and clinical expertise.” Otherwise “very soon the public will see us as a discredited organization—just another opinionated voice shouting and shouting.”

Dr. Rogers Wright, Ph.D, co-author with Cummings of their newly released book Destructive Trends in Mental Health, criticized the APA for failing to live up to the organization’s long-held ideal of openness to diversity. The organization deliberately avoided issuing a response to the book and, at first, forbade its member-publications from reviewing it.

“So much for diversity and open-mindedness,” said Wright.

Psychiatrist Jeffrey Satinover, M.D., spoke at length on the ethical misuse of scientific literature in recent legal cases that have laid the foundation for major changes in family-law policy.

Satinover accused mental-health associations of allowing gay activists to distort research in order to support their own social and political agendas, on a scale he finds “appalling beyond imagination.”

Among the methods used to falsely support the gay agenda, he identified researchers who used their own work as references, who used active members of pro-paedophilia groups as sources, and who ignored current conflicting research in favor of obsolete, discredited work.

Dr. Dean Byrd, Ph. D, Chairman of NARTH’s Scientific Advisory Committee, read from a letter he sent to the APA, criticizing the organization for exercising a double standard toward individuals who express a desire to return to heterosexuality:

”Though not all of the patients that NARTH members treat are religious, many are. Is it not a blatant disregard for their religious values and an affront to real diversity to marginalize these individuals by failing to acknowledge their right to choose how they will adapt sexually?

APA’s continuous message of respect for diversity rings hollow if it does not represent different worldviews…either you support client autonomy or you do not; either you support client self-determination or you do not; either your actions reflect diversity, or they do not.”

The American Psychological Association, in Washington, DC, is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, and is the world’s largest association of psychologists.

See related articles:

APA Endorses Homosexual “Marriage”

APA Ignored Evidence that Homosexual Behavior is Part of Psychiatric Disorder Says Noted Psychiatrist

For the full article on NARTH go to:

For the APA’s full statement in support of legal civil unions between gays, see:

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KEYWORDS: academicbias; apa; credibility; homosexual; homosexualagenda; influence; junkscience; narth; nextpedophiles; nicolosi; normalized; psychology
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To: LasVegasMac

Did you even read the article?

NARTH at least is willing consider therapy for homosexuality: providing psychological help for repentent sodomites who are having trouble fully repenting.

FReepers who post dim things give conservatives a bad name. Read stuff before engaging in the text equivalent of 'shooting off your mouth.'

21 posted on 12/20/2005 9:02:22 PM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: nickcarraway

A glimmer of hope for the APA - still I'm glad I dropped my membership five years ago precisely because I was becoming more and more outraged each time I read one of their publications peddling feminist and gay screeds as "research"......

22 posted on 12/20/2005 9:03:39 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: A. Pole
APA has so much credibility as Radio Tirana during the rule of Enver Hoxha

That's quite a story, thanks for the link.

23 posted on 12/20/2005 9:09:24 PM PST by TChad
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To: nickcarraway

The APA is no longer credible.The philosophy is increasingly liberal/pro-homosexual.Looks like the lunatics have finally taken over the assylum.

24 posted on 12/20/2005 9:11:46 PM PST by Thombo2
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To: nickcarraway


25 posted on 12/20/2005 9:17:06 PM PST by VOA
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To: nmh
At its philosophical core leftism doesn't believe in objective right or wrong or even in an objective reality. The worth of anything (a fact, a theory, a human life) is determined solely by it value to THE CAUSE not by anything so outdated and bourgeois as the scientific method.

These "scientists" feel that everything is relative and nothing has inherent value in itself. Why shouldn't science (or anything else) be subordinated to their larger social and political goals?

Behold postmodern psychology! Its an immoral philosophy.

26 posted on 12/20/2005 9:40:46 PM PST by Mad_as_heck (The MSM - America's (domestic) public enemy #1.)
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To: Mad_as_heck

You have wisdom.

Wish there were more like you!

27 posted on 12/20/2005 9:45:40 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people believe in Intelligent Design (God))
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To: MediaAnalyst

Leftist radicals began their insidious assault on the APA about 40 years ago. Before that it was a staid, but respectable, professional organization. The real turning point came in the '80's when the scientifically-oriented members abandoned the APA in droves. Now it is essentially a political activist group for the leftist agenda.

28 posted on 12/21/2005 5:41:26 AM PST by Rudder
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To: Galveston Grl

Might I suggest to your son to instead major in history and teach it correctly? I think that would help the field most of all. After all, I'm still intent on becoming a psychologist despite crap like this.

29 posted on 12/21/2005 3:58:04 PM PST by sporkgoddess
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To: sporkgoddess

**Might I suggest to your son to instead major in history and teach it correctly? I think that would help the field most of all. After all, I'm still intent on becoming a psychologist despite crap like this.**

I should have so much say in what my children do in life... My son has found history in school awful and there is no way to talk him into doing that to himself. You on the other hand must really enjoy your subject of psychology enough to pull you through. I am glad you are doing that. Godspeed. Take over the APA. : )

30 posted on 12/21/2005 5:02:02 PM PST by Galveston Grl (Getting angry and abandoning power to the Democrats is not a choice.)
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