This news report is worthy of wider attention. The former head of the American Psychological Association has given an affidavit that he has seen and treated hundreds of homosexuals to help them reverse their condition - successfully.
Wrote Cummings, “I am … a proponent of patient self-determination. I believe and teach that gays and lesbians have the right to be affirmed in their homosexuality and also have the right to seek help in changing their sexual orientation if that is their choice.”
Cummings reports he personally treated over 2,000 people with same-sex attraction, and his staff treated an additional 16,000.
He said that homosexual patients generally sought psychological help for one of three reasons: “to come to grips with their homosexual identity, to resolve relationship issues, or to change their homosexual orientation.”
Cummings wrote that while relatively few patients opted to try and change their sexual preference, those who did were deeply unhappy with their homosexual experiences, citing issues such as “the transient nature of relationships, disgust or guilt feelings about promiscuity, fear of disease,” and “the desire to have a traditional family.”
Of those who did try to change their preference, Cummings said "hundreds" were successful, going on to lead normal heterosexual lives.
The really odd thing is the context of this: the Southern Poverty Law Center is claiming this is fraud because " the therapy is not always successful in changing people’s sexual preferences."
Yes, that's what the article says. Never mind that there is NOT ONE SINGLE PSYCHOLOGICAL THERAPY that is always successful in its objectives, in the entire panoply of treatments. Never mind that their real reason for opposing this is that they don't want real treatments to be available, so that the gays can go on falsely claiming that being homosexual is an ineradicable condition. Never mind that in attempting to brutalize the JONAH group, based in New Jersey, the SOUTHERN POVERTY law center is tackling something that is anything but southern, and has no clear ties to any poverty issue. Never mind that the debate about whether homosexuality is a fixed condition is one that should be settled by doctors and scientists, not lawyers. Never mind all that. The simple fact of the matter is that charges of fraud here are nothing but a scare tactic, and should be dealt with harshly by any reasonable judge.