Skip to comments.Noted U.S. Psychologists Condemn Gay Activist Influence on APA
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 APAs 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 organizationjust 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 organizations 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 NARTHs 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?
APAs 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 worlds largest association of psychologists.
See related articles:
APA Endorses Homosexual Marriage http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2004/jul/04072902.html
APA Ignored Evidence that Homosexual Behavior is Part of Psychiatric Disorder Says Noted Psychiatrist http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2005/jul/05072502.html
For the full article on NARTH go to: http://narth.com/docs/insiders.html
For the APAs full statement in support of legal civil unions between gays, see: http://www.apa.org/releases/gaymarriage.html
The MSM still fails to note that the APA has recently attempted to remove pedophilia as "mental illness". These guys are a complete bunch of perverts. But since they seem to keep the same leadership, one can only conclude that the majority of rank-and-file membership is no different.
NARTH - off shoot of NAMBLA?
I have many friends who are shrinks and they HATE the sexual pervert police influencing their profession. They have dealt with the downright suffering of young people who have been "recruited" by adults into homosexuality - i.e. molested. It is horrible - a terrible sin and takes a long time in therapy to overcome.
diversity and open-mindedness == believe the liberal propaganda or off to re-education camp with you
Dah. I worked in the mental health field for over twenty years beginning in the late 1970s and I saw first hand the APA propaganda machine.
Thank you very much for posting this; as someone working on getting her bachelor's degree in psychology, I am most interested in this stuff.
It's about time someone stuck up against this stuff though. Homosexuality getting removed was a bad idea, and now they're working to get rid of pedophilia, too? Ugh!
No doubt there are exceptions to my comment. In fact, this article is about those exceptions. But then how does the leadership get away with this garbage, without ever getting thrown out? Not even the MSM can dictate the leadership of a private organization, yet the members continue to put these perverts into leadership positions. It's time for your friends to get a bit nasty, and to get the word out (in the alternative media, obviously).
The Old Stalinist tactics right here in the U. S. of A, folks, courtesy of the APA.
APA has so much credibility as Radio Tirana during the rule of Enver Hoxha
The APA at the national level as well as the faculties at various universities are infested with multi-culturalists and post-modernists.
No. They are a group of therapists who specialize in helping homosexuals LEAVE homosexuality because they still believe that homosexuality is a mental disorder that needs to be treated.
The people who like to do a good job teaching, nursing, etc. spend their time doing their jobs well. People who would rather attend conferences and have substitutes for their regular jobs end up as union officials. Union representatives often do not reflect what workers think at all.
I agree. However, it is time for the normal people who "just do their jobs" to take over the conferences and transform their professions.
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.'
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"......
That's quite a story, thanks for the link.
The APA is no longer credible.The philosophy is increasingly liberal/pro-homosexual.Looks like the lunatics have finally taken over the assylum.
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.
You have wisdom.
Wish there were more like you!
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.
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.
**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. : )
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