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DeMint Speaks!

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Minority Jim speaks out:

“People are beginning to see that there’s no way we can pay the interest on our debt and every week, we’re borrowing money to pay the debt we have and are creating new programs that are costing more money,” he said. “Hopefully in 2012, we’ll make headway to repeal some of the things we’ve done, because politics only works when we’re realigned with our Savior.”

Well, fair enough about the spending, but quite where “our Savior” comes into it, I’m not sure.

And then there’s this:

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.

Good grief.

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9 comments

  • Chris · October 5, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Agree. I really like Jim DeMint, but he’s got to keep his non-mainstream opinions to himself.

  • Author comment by David Hume · October 5, 2010 at 4:10 am

    jim demint is a member of the fellowship/the family:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fellowship_(Christian_organization)

    probably explains his reference to the savior.

  • Susan · October 5, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Did he say whether it’s okay for an unmarried guy who’s sleeping with his girlfriend to be in the classroom, or is that not an issue?

  • Polichinello · October 5, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    …probably explains his reference to the savior.

    Well, that and the story says he was speaking at a Baptist church, so he was speaking to a religious audience–and like all politicians flattering their sensibilities. It’s not nearly as alarming as Stuttaford makes it out to be in that context. You’d think the Senator had been speaking in the Well of the Senate, the way the post frames the quote.

    As for the teachers, they are role models for kids, so yeah, if someone’s publicly living what you see as an immoral lifestyle, it’s natural to object. The Left loves to hit on the importance of teaching the kids when they’re young. Why should we be shocked that someone like DeMint picks up on that cue?

  • John · October 6, 2010 at 12:37 am

    That’s exactly what I was thinking, Susan.

  • John · October 6, 2010 at 12:42 am

    “if someone’s publicly living what you see as an immoral lifestyle, it’s natural to object”

    Well, yeah, but the point is that that lifestyle isn’t really immoral. If a vegetarian said, “I don’t think that anyone who eats meat ought to be a teacher.”, I’d have cause to be annoyed.

  • Anthony · October 6, 2010 at 5:29 am

    “Well, yeah, but the point is that that lifestyle isn’t really immoral.”

    No, it is immoral. There.

  • CONSVLTVS · October 8, 2010 at 2:03 am

    Anthony: Well said. (You beat me to it.)

  • Anthony · October 8, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    “politics only works when we’re realigned with our Savior”

    “but quite where “our Savior” comes into it, I’m not sure.”

    My problem with Stuttaford isn’t so much that he’s often wrong, as that he appears to be intentionally clueless. Maybe he’s just trying to stir the pot?

    Perhaps this site should be renamed “cluelesssecularright.org”, so as not to give all secular people with right-wing sympathies a bad name.

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