Every right-winger/homophobe is an amateur psychoanalyst. They also spend an inordinate amount of time fretting over what consenting adults do in the privacy of their own homes. So it was only a matter of time before a Values Voter Summit speaker got around to pontificating on Teh Gay when speaking in reference to “how men, who already are good husbands and fathers,” can “change the culture.”:
SCHWARTZ: But it is my observation that boys at 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. And that’s a good instinct. After all, homosexuality, we know, studies have been done by the National Institute of Health to try to prove that its genetic and all those studies have proved its not genetic. Homosexuality is inflicted on people.
Schwartz then recalled “a very good friend” of his “who was in the homosexual lifestyle for a long time,” saying that he “had good conversations about, about the malady that he suffered.” He then relayed “an astonishingly insightful remark” his friend had made about the relationship between pornography and being gay:
SCHWARTZ: And one of the things that he 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, if you tell an 11-year-old boy about that, do you think he’s going to want to go out and 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, that’s a good comment. It’s a good point and it’s a good thing to teach young people.
So now even looking at straight porn is gay? Somebody better tell Jesse Jane that all of the hard work and sacrifice she’s putting into her craft is having the reverse effect and is slowly eroding her fan base. There’s so much wrong with the above that it’s difficult to know where to begin.
Putting aside the hilarity of a Christian fundamentalist invoking science I think that it needs to be pointed out that nobody has set out to “prove” anything in regards to a strictly genetic homosexuality link because science doesn’t work like that. No serious researcher starts off with a conclusion and goes looking for evidence to support it. Especially in regards to questions involving human nature; an area of biological science that we know the absolute least about. A good scientific analogue is the story about a person who walks out of a bar and sees someone looking around in the dark under a lamp post. He asks the man what he is looking for. The man replies that he lost his keys and he is trying to find them. When asked if he knows where he dropped them the man points over to a dark alleyway and says that he thinks that he lost them there. He is then asked why, if his keys were lost in the alley, he is looking under the lamp post. The man responds by saying that he is looking under the lamp post because that is where the light is. Just like the global warming deniers who see every cool day outside of their office window as an affirmation, Michael Schwartz has decided that since he can’t find the keys under the lamp post they never existed to begin with.