At the so-called “Values Voters Summit“, Michael Schwartz, chief of staff for Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), made a remark that had an interesting piece of news: according to an associate of his, “[A]ll pornography is homosexual pornography” (emphasis added in all cases):
Pornography is a blight. It is a disaster. It is one of those silent diseases in our society that we haven’t been able to overcome very well. Now, I may be getting politically incorrect here. And it’s been a few years, but not that many, since I was closely associated with pre-adolescent boys, boys around 10 years of age. But it is my observation that boys of that age have less tolerance for homosexuality than just about any other class of people. They speak badly about homosexuality. And that’s because they don’t want to be that way. They don’t want to fall into it.
The remarks then turned to an associate of Schwartz named Jim Johnson. Jim Johnson is notable for taking an old hotel and converting it into a care home for gay men dying of AIDS.
One of the things [Johnson] said to me that I think is an astonishingly insightful remark… he said “All pornography is homosexual pornography, because all pornography turns your sexual drive inwards.”
Now, think about that. And if you tell an 11-year-old boy about that, do you think he’s going to want to get a copy of Playboy? I’m pretty sure he’ll lose interest. That’s the last thing he wants! You know, that’s a good comment, it’s a good point, and it’s a good thing to teach young people.
Some thoughts on this. First, most of the people at the so-called “Values Voters Summit” believe that homosexuality can be “cured” through conversion therapy. Since conversion therapy often involves the use of pornography, how can they accept that pornography causes homosexuality, and at the same time accept the use of it to “cure” the very thing they accept it causes?
Second, in February I covered a study that showed that redder (that is, conservative) states subscribed to more online pornography on average. Wouldn’t this mean that those states are swelling at the seams with a huge gay mob? How big is that closet, again?
Finally, I was not thrilled with having to think about Schwartz’s past.