actually, what you have overlooked is that I supplied you with the source of that article, New York times, even gave you the name of the writer of that paticular article and told you to go read it.<quoted text>
Perhaps you've overlooked, or purposely ignored, or simply forgotten the following about your Dr. Robert L. Spitzer.
It's helpful and truthful to be honest about matters when you post them, Patty, and it's not a hard thing for decent and honest folks to put into practice. Many of us wish that you would engage in such a way, rather than manipulate, mislead, distort and, well, lie.
Several months ago I told you that because of my revised view of my 2001 study of reparative therapy changing sexual orientation, I was considering writing something that would acknowledge that I now judged the major critiques of the study as largely correct. After discussing my revised view of the study with Gabriel Arana, a reporter for American Prospect, and with Malcolm Ritter, an Associated Press science writer, I decided that I had to make public my current thinking about the study. Here it is.
The Fatal Flaw in the Study -- There was no way to judge the credibility of subject reports of change in sexual orientation. I offered several (unconvincing) reasons why it was reasonable to assume that the subject's reports of change were credible and not self-deception or outright lying. But the simple fact is that there was no way to determine if the subject's accounts of change were valid.
I believe I owe the gay community an apology for my study making unproven claims of the efficacy of reparative therapy. I also apologize to any gay person who wasted time and energy undergoing some form of reparative therapy because they believed that I had proven that reparative therapy works with some "highly motivated" individuals.
Robert Spitzer. M.D.
Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry,
Columbia University [Truth Wins Out, 4/25/12, emphasis original]