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More Evidence that Reparative Therapy Works

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Mental-health professionals are standing up and speaking out against the APA’s opposition to science that works.

By Nathan A. Cherry

 Martinsburg, WV – An article published by Lifesitenews.com echoes what I wrote recently regarding the APA’s position on reparative therapy. The Lifesitenews.com article, “The Psychological Profession and Homosexuality: Lunatics Running the Asylum?” By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman is so well stated that I have chosen to reproduce part of the article below. You’ll be glad you took a few minutes to read it.

Homosexualism on the Defensive:
The very existence of the report, however, is evidence that the homosexualist establishment currently in power at the APA is on the defensive, and seeking to preserve its ideology of sexual permissiveness as a paradigm in the psychology profession.

After surrendering itself to a hedonistic ethos in the 1970s and 80s, the American psychological practice has been transformed into a vehicle for patients to rationalize and reconcile themselves with self-destructive, irrational, and narcissistic behavior, paying an “expert” to soothe their consciences by assuring them that “science” is on their side. 

However, an increasing number of mental health professionals whose institutions were stolen from them by political activists in the 1970s are now rising up to take back their profession in the name of true science, and patient health.

Former APA President Dr. Robert Perloff has publicly endorsed the National Organization for the Research and Treatment of Homosexuality (NARTH); the largest American organization devoted the treatment of unwanted homosexual attractions, and has denounced the APA’s campaign against such treatment.

“The ideology of those who oppose efforts to try to facilitate transfers from SSA, that is, Same Sex Attraction, to heterosexual attraction, must not, must not stand in the way of those homosexual persons who desire to live their lives heterosexually, a choice which is unarguably theirs to make,” he said in a videotaped statement  played at NARTH’s 2008 annual meeting.

Dr. Robert Spitzer, who has been called the “architect” of the American Psychiatric Association’s normalization of homosexuality in the 1970s, provoked outrage from the homosexualist establishment when he admitted in 2001 that his own investigations had convinced him that sexual reorientation therapy can work.

His study, published in the peer-reviewed Archives of Mental Health in 2003, found that a majority of his sample of 247 people had developed heterosexual urges or had ceased to be predominantly homosexual after only one year of therapy.  None of the subjects said that they had been harmed in the process.

After presenting his paper before the American Psychiatric Association in 2001, Spitzer said: “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.”

Other prominent figures in psychiatry and psychology have also raised their voices in protest, including Dr. Jeffrey Satinover, a psychiatrist and physicist who has testified before Congress in favor of reparative therapy, and has denounced the hijacking of the mental health professions by homosexualist ideologues in his book, the “Trojan Couch”.

“Some of my psychiatric and psychological colleagues have woven for themselves their own set of illusory robes of authority, and for the past 35 years have been proclaiming doctrines in the public square that depend upon the authority that derives from the public’s belief that these robes exist,” Satinover said in a recent interview . “The diagnostic change that in 1973 removed homosexuality as a formal disorder from the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), a change that many now accept as simply indisputable in spite of the fact that it was based wholly on fiction,” he added. “The question isn’t just homosexuality, said Satinover, “but rather, freedom from all sexual constraint. This has been an issue for civilization for thousands of years…We now have so little of a moral compass that we’re really completely at sea. We’re awash in the tide of unconstrained instinctive behaviors which are all being labeled ‘okay’ because nobody really has a sense, any more, as to what’s right and what’s wrong.”

How much plainer can the truth be stated before the sexual libertines of the APA wake up and admit to their deception of patients and public, based upon political agendas rather than actual science?

I want to highlight two specific points and echo them with vigorous rigor. One, it is nothing short of frank truth to say that the APA, and most of its affiliates, have been acting as a paid “yes man” by affirming the sexual attractions that conflicts so many people. Rather than seek the long-term well-being of their patients, the APA and its cronies have pushed its own agenda onto unsuspecting and helpless victims. Or, worse still, has been the backbone of affirmation for people to knowingly behave in self-destructive ways out of some childish sense of entitlement; regardless of the affect on innocent families. To quote the article, “the American psychological practice has been transformed into a vehicle for patients to rationalize and reconcile themselves with self-destructive, irrational, and narcissistic behavior, paying an “expert” to soothe their consciences by assuring them that “science” is on their side.”

Finally, Dr. Satinover has hit the nail on the head by saying, “We’re awash in the tide of unconstrained instinctive behaviors which are all being labeled ‘okay’ because nobody really has a sense, any more, as to what’s right and what’s wrong.”

The APA is truly an excellent example of the blind leading the blind. It seems more often stories come from their “fellows” and “associates” that cause sane people to shake their head in wonder; several of them highlighted in the above article. It’s no wonder the APA would blatantly disregard a large body of empirical evidence in favor of smoke and mirrors. They have to in order to justify their own agenda.

Thankfully many mental-health professionals are taking back their profession with a dedication to actual science and not socio-political agendas. I look forward to further studies that show the positive results of reparative therapy and, if the APA wants to keep denying undeniable evidence, it can expect its credibility to be further damaged and its reputation to become more of a distant memory.

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  1. […] an article from Nathan Cherry at The Family Policy Council of West Virginia’s old blog-More Evidence that Reparative Therapy Works, Nathan writes: Martinsburg, WV – An article published by Lifesitenews.com echoes what I wrote […]


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