Sunday, October 3, 2010

Senator DeMint: Gays And Single Moms Shouldn't Teach

Amanda Terkel wrote an interesting piece covering a recent speech by Senator Jim DeMint where the senator spoke about moralism and stated that homosexual and single, pregnant individuals have no place in the classroom.
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) attempted to convince pastors that economic issues are moral issues at the Greater Freedom Rally at a church in Spartanburg, South Carolina yesterday, imploring them to help conservatives retake Congress in November.

In addition to reiterating anti-choice talking points on abortion and backing "traditional marriage," according to the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, the senator went further and "said if someone is openly homosexual, they shouldn't be teaching in the classroom and he holds the same position on an unmarried woman who's sleeping with her boyfriend -- she shouldn't be in the classroom."

Controversy over DeMint's position on this issue first arose in 2004 during a Senate debate, when he was asked whether he agreed with the state party's platform that said openly gay teachers should be barred from teaching public school. DeMint said he agreed with that position because government shouldn't be endorsing certain behaviors.
One thing I thought of - DeMint's position would also bar the extremely religious from teaching too because government would be "endorsing" their "behavior" (religion is a choice), which would be unconstitutional...

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