Sen. Jim DeMint is continuing to push a position he first took during the 2004 election, that schools should fire all teachers who are gay — and all women with live-in boyfriends. From a report on a church rally he spoke at last weekend:
DeMint 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.
Same thing he said back in 2004 — until he retracted them:
In a prepared statement Wednesday afternoon DeMint said he was speaking as a parent who wants the best for children. On Wednesday he released this apology:
Those of us who are parents know that feeling in your gut — every time you drop your child off at school, it’s an act of faith. You trust a group of people – the principal, the teachers, even the janitors, with the most precious thing in your life – your children. And you just want what’s best for them. So as my wife often reminds me, sometimes my heart disengages from my head and I say something I shouldn’t – and that’s what happened yesterday. I clearly said something as a dad that I just shouldn’t have said. And I apologize. As a Senate candidate, it is my responsibility to present ideas and to answer questions in a way that will let people know what I will do as their U.S. Senator. I did not do that in this instance.
DeMint campaign manager Terry Sullivan says the candidate is a product of a single-mother family and is not opposed to a single mom teaching.
And now he’s back to the same position he apologized for. And then he made this bizarre statement:
“(When I said those things,) no one came to my defense,” he said. “But everyone would come to me and whisper that I shouldn’t back down. They don’t want government purging their rights and their freedom to religion.”
Only in the twisted logic of theocons could “freedom to religion” mean having the authority to fire gay and single female teachers.