Discrimination | Education | Jim DeMint | South Carolina

Sen. Jim DeMint Defends Gay Teacher Remark

Jim_demint_1-2 Senator Jim DeMint came under fire a few days ago for saying that sexually active single women and gay people shouldn't be allowed to teach.

Now, after a slight delay, DeMint, a Republican from South Carolina, has issued a response and basically says school boards can decide on their own and people should stop attacking him for being discriminatory.

The statement, via DeMint's communication's director, "Sen. DeMint believes that hiring decisions at local schools are a local school board issue, not a federal issue. He was making a point about how the media attacks people for holding a moral opinion."

DeMint's remark was referencing similar comments he made in 2004.

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  1. What Sen. DeMint considers moral, most sane people consider immoral.

    Posted by: Ninong | Oct 6, 2010 5:15:23 PM

  2. There's nothing moral about discrimination, Mr. DeMint.

    Posted by: Brian | Oct 6, 2010 5:32:41 PM

  3. I wonder who Mr. DeMints Colorist is?

    Posted by: Phil Listrom | Oct 6, 2010 5:50:28 PM

  4. I wish the people of South Carolina would develop enough brain cells to vote this flaming asshole out of office.

    Posted by: Johnn | Oct 6, 2010 5:55:09 PM

  5. "He was making a point about how the media attacks people for holding a moral opinion."

    Hey, it's not like the media suggested he should be barred from teaching...

    Posted by: BobN | Oct 6, 2010 5:57:46 PM

  6. Let's not forget that SC other Senator is the closet case Lindsey Graham. So openly gay is bad, closet is good. Fuck you DeShit.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Oct 6, 2010 6:07:04 PM

  7. people like demint and o'donnell will install thought/morality police big gov if they ever gain real power

    personally , no child should ever be taught any religious nonsense till they r at least age 16-18 with some critical thought processes so they can make up their own minds as vs the forced brain washing home schooling, private schools, religious schools, and crazy parents do

    John Dewey (yes the dewey who came up with the dewey decimal system) insisted on broad mandatory public education for american children to break the cycle of ignorance perpetuated by ignorant parents and religion

    We still haven't done that so many decades later

    Posted by: mstrozfckslv@yahoo.com | Oct 6, 2010 6:07:04 PM

  8. Didn't the world already fight the Fascists ? Didn't we win ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Oct 6, 2010 6:18:53 PM

  9. Phil, I was wondering the same thing. Let's ban bad dye jobs.

    Posted by: Margueritegautier | Oct 6, 2010 6:21:32 PM

  10. Dan Savage is right. First the bigots came for us, and next they'll go for the women.

    He's a pathetic bigoted troglodyte who doesn't deserve the time of day. Too bad the voters of South Carolina don't seem to see it that way.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Oct 6, 2010 7:38:01 PM

  11. wtf is it with the politicans from sc do they all have brain freeze. this is just the latest in a long line of people with serious problems pls secedethis time we don't want you back

    Posted by: walter | Oct 6, 2010 10:11:29 PM

  12. so if a teacher was a sexually active single MALE teacher, all is well? Sounds like a mysognist as well as a homophobe.

    Posted by: GraphicJack | Oct 6, 2010 11:02:38 PM

  13. This guy is a fucking ape!

    Posted by: mboaz | Oct 7, 2010 2:10:48 AM

  14. MSTROZFCKSLV - John Dewey was a famous education reformer, libraries use a system by Melvil Dewey. DeMint is stupid for his suggestion, but South Carolina would be well-served by just leaving the Union and becoming its own backward third-world country.

    Posted by: Wavin' Dave | Oct 7, 2010 8:33:28 AM

  15. DeMint is certainly an extremist. It is not an exaggeration to characterize his as a right-wing counterpart of an unreconstructed Stalinist, given his views about social security, medicare, taxation, civil rights, and civil liberties .

    Posted by: Hunter | Oct 7, 2010 9:11:12 AM

  16. NOW would be the perfect time to OUT his fellow SC Senator Lindsey Graham....attention Larry Flint.

    Posted by: mcNnyc | Oct 7, 2010 9:34:55 AM

  17. I think Abraham Lincoln was wrong in 'saving the union.' We would be much better off if the Southern States were their own thing, and let the Northern States progress in a timely manner.

    Posted by: Jer | Oct 7, 2010 10:12:38 AM

  18. wavin dave thanks

    I mixed up the Deweys


    melvil dewey decimal system + metric proponent + spelling reform "Simpler spelin"

    Posted by: mstrozfckslv@yahoo.com | Oct 7, 2010 10:28:57 AM


    Posted by: John | Oct 8, 2010 1:02:37 AM

  20. 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.

    After significant criticism from LGBT groups, including the Log Cabin Republicans, DeMint apologized for saying "something as a dad that I just shouldn't have said."

    Posted by: seo packages | Oct 14, 2011 5:11:20 AM

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