Dr. Nicholas Cummings, who was once president of the American Psychological Association, says the organization that he once ran is being controlled by "ultra-liberals" who are working tirelessly to promote and advance the gay advocacy agenda.
During an interview with the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), Cummings explained that he saw the mentality of the organization change following the adoption of the Leona Tyler Principle 1973, which required that all positions made public by the APA be supported with scientific evidence. He noticed the organization venturing further away from the positions laid forth by the Leona Tyler Principle.
Cummings, who was president of the APA from 1979 to 1980, explained that the organization "started changing pretty drastically by the late 1980s."
"By the mid-1990s, the Leona Tyler principle was absolutely forgotten, that political stances seemed to override any scientific results. Cherry-picking results became the mode. The gay rights movement sort of captured the APA," he explained.
Cummings went on to detail that he is not against the gay rights movement, including same-sex marriage, stating that he was one of those involved in getting homosexuality removed from the APA's list of mental diseases.
But Cummings was perturbed with the continual trend demonstrated by the organization of venturing further and further away from scientific objectivity with regard to certain controversial topics such as reparative therapy for homosexuality.
"I made the resolution that being gay was not a mental illness, that it was characterological," said the former president. "And it passed the Council of Representatives. And that was the first issue that came up. I also said with that, that the APA, if it passes this resolution, will also vote to continue research that demonstrates whatever the research demonstrates. Unbiased, open research. It was never done."
During his time at the APA, Cummings was also a member of the organization's Council of Representatives. After his time at the APA came to an end, he was the Chief of Mental Health with the Kaiser-Permanente Health Maintenance Organization. He also wrote the book Destructive Trends in Mental Health: The Well-Intentioned Path to Harm.