WASHINGTON, May 22, 2001 ( – Dr. Robert Spitzer, the psychiatrist who released a study two weeks ago showing that “contrary to conventional wisdom some (homosexuals) . . . can and do change (sexual orientation)” has been assailed by homosexual activists. The rage has been so volatile that Spitzer canceled his appearance at a press conference on Monday citing concern for his family. The inaugural issue of the Culture and Family Report (CFR) by Concerned Women for America reports that Spitzer had planned to appear at a press conference at the National Press Club, hosted by Anthony Falzarano of Parents and Friends Ministries, a support group for families with loved ones who struggle with homosexuality.

Falzarano, read a statement by Spitzer announcing his regret and citing the vitriolic tone that critics have taken toward him since the study’s release. Falzarano released copies of several e-mails sent to Spitzer and to Columbia University, where Spitzer is a professor of psychiatry. One of them, sent by James Minter, Columbia’s Associate Director of Undergraduate Admission, read, in part: “You are an embarrassment to the University and a disgrace to science. Your “findings” are, in a word, despicable. If you are in need of a gay-related topic on which to do some constructive research, why not address the pathological homophobia of the bigots and reactionaries who will embrace your latest pronouncements?”

CFR reports homosexual activist groups, which once lauded Spitzer as a groundbreaking scientist, are now attacking his credibility by falsely portraying him as a pawn of pro-family groups. Wayne Besen of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) assailed Spitzer in an interview with The Washington Times last week, claiming Spitzer was biased because he held conservative views on such issues as “gay marriage,” adoption of children by homosexuals, and “gay” rights legislation. However, Spitzer, a self-professed atheistic Jew, is on record supporting the homosexual activist view of these issues. In fact, Spitzer was “the” instrumental figure in the American Psychiatric Association’s 1973 decision to remove homosexuality from its diagnostic manual of mental disorders

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