U.S. Senator’s chief of staff claims pornography makes you gay

Posted Sep 22, 2009, 12:00 PM PT by Jed Lewison • First broadcast: Sep 21, 2009

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MICHAEL SCHWARTZ, SEN. COBURN’S CHIEF OF STAFF: It’s been a few years, but not that many, since I was closely associated with pre- adolescent boys, boys who are like 10 to 12 years of age. 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 Institutes of Health to try to prove that it’s genetic and all those studies prove it’s not genetic. Homosexuality is inflicted on people.

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MADDOW: Inflicted on people. The speaker there is chief of staff to United States senator. His name is Mike Schwartz, and he’s chief of staff to Tom Coburn of Oklahoma. Mr. Schwartz is also a founding member of Operation Rescue. He also co-authored a book accusing gay people of using AIDS to advance a nefarious gay agenda.

And now, well, this weekend, he moved quickly from the gay being inflicted on people to some remarkable advice about pornography and preteens.

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SCHWARTZ: 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. It’s the last thing he wants.

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