Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Jim DeMint and Teacher Qualifications

Public servants - public employees - would do well to remember what exactly it is that the taxpayers pay them to do. This remark by S.C. Senator Jim DeMint is wrong and buffoonish: 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. "(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.”

DeMint spoke at The Greater Freedom Rally sponsored by teh CEO Roundtable of South Carolina held at First Baptist North Spartanburg. He enjoyed the applause he received as he bragged about not supporting earmarks that would be sent to his state. Sounds like John McCain without the religious hyperbole.

Who put Jim DeMint in charge of human resources in the class room? What business is it of his when it comes to the sex life of teachers? What is he doing spewing forth in a church on politics and mixing up religion into it?

A good step for conservatives demanding less governmental interference in our daily lives would be to stop with the preaching about private lives. As an adult in our society, it is not any of your business whether or not your child's teacher is having sex with another adult. If it is a public school the intrusion is inexcusable. Since when does Jim DeMint get to impose his morality on other adults?

There is just something a bit creepy about a politician who would hold himself/herself out as morally superior. Usually a fall is not far down the road.

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