A former president of the American Psychological Association who
worked to declassify homosexuality as a mental illness now says the
organization is run by ultraliberals who support the activist
movement and decline open debate on reparative therapy.
Last year, Dr. Nicholas Cummings was interviewed by the National Association for
Research and Therapy of Homosexuality. He spoke about submitting
and passing the motion in 1975.
"I also said that if the APA passes this resolution, it will
also vote to continue research that demonstrates whatever the
research demonstrates -- unbiased, open research," he recalls. "It
was never done."
Yet, the standard was paramount that the APA would never take a
public position that was not supported by scientific evidence.
Cummings saw the situation begin to change to be political rather
than scientific. Then, Cummings says the homosexual activists
"captured the APA."
"It left an open door for people to rush in and use it for other
than scientific purposes, for political purposes," he says.
Cummings says that leaves behind a biased organization, which
wants to represent diversity and bring all underrepresented groups
"If I had to choose now, I would see a need to form an
organization that would recruit straight, white males, which are
underrepresented today in the APA," he adds.
And regarding the effectiveness of reparative therapy, which
helps homosexuals who want to leave the "gay" lifestyle -- a
therapy homosexual activists argue never works?
"It's a difficult therapy, and it's not huge in terms of
numbers," said Cummings, "but yes we have seen success. All you
have to do is find one exception and it knocks down the
Cummings led the APA from 1979 to 1980.