FDP slams Florida Rep. Charles Van Zant's bizarre comment that Common Core will make you gay

Posted by Mitch Perry on Mon, May 19, 2014 at 4:54 PM

We know that Tea Party types (as well as some progressive Democrats) are extremely unhappy about Florida adopting the Common Core education standards. But Representative Charles Van Zant (R-Palatka) has taken it to a whole new level, courtesy of video procured from the liberal blog Think Progress.

Speaking at the “Operation Education Conference” in Orlando in April, Van Zant warned that officials implementing Common Core in Florida are “promoting as hard as they can any youth that is interested in the LGBT agenda.” He went on to say that they want "to attract every one of your children to become as homosexual as they possibly can.” He then apologized to the crowd for having to be the bearer of bad news. “I really hate to bring you that news,” the GOP House member said, “but you need to know.”

In response, Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant is calling on Rick Scott to condemn Van Zant's remarks. 

“These bigoted and outrageous remarks should have no place in Florida politics. All of Florida’s children have the right to grow up, go to school, and earn an education without fear of being judged for who they are. Anti-gay bullying has no place in the classroom, let alone in the Florida House."

“Rick Scott has a duty to all of Florida’s children to make it clear that they can go to school without fear of being bullied. Rick Scott and the Republican House leadership must condemn these hateful remarks." 

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And we're paying this ignoramus' salary. Hey gov, eradicate this stain on our state.

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Posted by Steve Falletti on 05/19/2014 at 9:05 PM

I hope the vast majority of the voters from Charles Van Zant's district managed to hear his comments and give him the proverbial boot up his butt and right out of office!!! And I can only hope that others living outside the state of Florida didn't. Because I hate to think that this simpleton of a man is representing the average education level of the rest of us. Nobody was ever trained to become homosexual as this pea brained dimwit would leave all to believe. If Charles had ever bothered to read even the most elementary of scientific documents, he would know by now that that homosexuals are born that way. They no more choose to be homosexual then they choose to be male or female, black or white, and tall or short. WE ARE ALL BORN THE WAY WE ARE!!! This man's a biggot and needs to be booted from public office as soon as possible. The majority of us in this country are sick and tired of under educated people like this dragging others down so they can satisfy their overactive egos, and we're no longer willing to make excuses or apologies on their behalf. Mr. van Zant, please remove the feet you put in your mouth, as you've got a lot of apologizing to do if you ever expect to be re-elected.

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Posted by Stumpy on 05/20/2014 at 9:41 PM

Had I not seen it with my own eyes, I'd think this man's comment was a joke. If this represents what the Republican Party's become, then its time to switch parties.

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Posted by Lil_Red_Corvette on 05/20/2014 at 9:48 PM
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