Â Former president of the American Psychological Association (APA), Dr. Nicholas Cummings, the man whoÂ introduced theÂ proposal for the APAÂ to declassify homosexuality as a mental illness in 1975, said last yearÂ that the APA was now dominatedÂ by â€œultraliberalsâ€ from the â€œgay rights movementâ€ who refuse toÂ even permit debate on the issue of reparative therapy/conversion therapyÂ for homosexuality.Â Cummings also said that the organizationâ€™s problems began with the rejection of the Leona Tyler Principle requiringÂ all public APA positions be supported by scientific evidence.
Cummingsâ€™s views mirrorÂ those of Dr. Robert Spitzer, a past president of the American Psychiatric Association, who also led the efforts there to declassify homosexuality as a mental illness.Â SpitzerÂ criticized his organization for years andÂ published a study in 2000Â positing that â€œhighly motivatedâ€ homosexuals could be successful in altering their sexual preferences through reparative therapy which now only involves behavioral modification and aversion therapy and not the sometimes brutal earlier methods of treatment.
The APA, dominated as it is by homosexual extremists, vociferously opposes and condemns reparative therapy chiefly because, they say, it is predicated on the assumptions that homosexuality is a mental disorder and that the patient should change his/her sexual homosexual orientation.
TheÂ secondÂ of those assumptions is absolutely valid; reparative therapy doesÂ indeed try to change patients’ homosexual orientation in the interests of both their physical andÂ psychological well-being.Â The first assumption is as patently flawed as the APA’s rejection of scientific evidence to support its aberrant positions;Â Doctors Cummings and Spitzer early on wanted to remove mental illness as a diagnosis from psychiatrists’ “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)”Â and fully endorse reparative therapy.
Â All of the above is a regrettably-lengthyÂ introduction to a bill filed in the Massachusetts House this week.Â Bill H154,Â sponsored byÂ proud homosexualÂ Rep. Carl Sciortino (D-Medford), bans therapy by licensed mental health professional for anyone under 18Â designed “(A) to change behavioral expression of an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity, or (B) to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.”
However, H154Â does permitÂ mental therapy thatÂ ”provides acceptance, support, or understanding” of a young person’s homosexuality or transgenderism.
Translated: H154 forbids mental health professionals in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to counsel and help immature and confused kids to discover if they are wrong in evaluating either their sexual or gender identification and makes it a crime for therapists to attempt to dissuade kids from engaging in potentially-dangerous sexual activities, which frequently involve adults such as Rep. Sciortino.Â On the other hand, should any Bay State mental health professional provide therapy that is accepting, supportive, and understanding ofÂ kids who think they might be gay, or any young boyÂ who thinks he’d like to try being a girl,Â or vice-versa, that therapist will probably be awarded a medal by Sciortino–or by NAMBLA.
As required by law, the Massachusetts House conducted a public hearing on H154, a hearing stacked with angry activists from the homosexual and transgender lobbies, but they did include testimony from a number of ex-homosexuals includingÂ a 22 year old woman, a former lesbian who had been seduced and molestedÂ when she was 15 by an older woman.
She testified: “Finally at age 17 I got counseling, and five years later I have completely regained myself and my identity. I was excited about life, emotionally stable, and completely free from lesbianism–both the activity and the desires. . . I really don’t know who I would be today if I had not gone through those years of counseling.”Â Â
A young man who had been abused by his father, experiences that turned him gay, alsoÂ gave witness:Â “And this arrested my emotional development. Without realizing it, I wasÂ rejecting my own masculinity. . . I thought that I didn’t measure up as a man, . . . I began seeking affirmation and acceptance from other men that I did not get from my father. . . I never asked for or wanted these feelings. But I didn’t know how to deal with them until I received counseling . . . I stand before you today with my sexuality completely restored by the grace of God, . . . I wish that I had access to counseling when I was a teenager so I could address this dysfunction a lot sooner.Â Â Â
Needless to say, angry, gay activists–an obviousÂ redundancy–weighed in at the hearing and they were typically venomous as were a number of legislators including Rep. Farley-Bouvier and Rep. Paul Theroux whoÂ harassed the ex-gay man with questions such as, “You said in your testimony that no one is born homosexual. Can you prove that for us?”Â Â
The man should have asked Theroux if he could prove gays are born that way but he was too polite to ask.Â
As of today, Bill H154 is still in committee.Â Anyone can submit written testimonyÂ in favor ofÂ or opposingÂ H154 via email to Kay.Khan@mahouse.govÂ and can call and individually email members at https://malegislature.gov/Committees/Joint/J13.
As Edmund Burke wrote, All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”Â What could be more evil than luring our children into perilous lifestylesÂ and then legislatively deny them the reparative therapy that could literally save their lives?Â Â
Â (For more information on H154 and videos related to the gay charade in progress in Massachusetts,Â go toÂ http://www.massresistance.org/.