Groups demand DeMint apology

Senator's position offensive to gays, unmarried moms

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Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., speaks to the Values Voter Summit, held by the Family Research Council Action.
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COLUMBIA --- National gay and women's rights groups Tuesday called on U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint to apologize for referencing his six-year-old comments that homosexuals and some unmarried pregnant women should not teach in the state's public schools.

"It is salt in the wound in our community," said Rea Carey, the executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. "It's irresponsible for Sen. DeMint to reassert this position in this day and age. I would ask him to apologize."

Carey was reacting to DeMint's remarks Friday at a Spartanburg rally, where the Republican referenced the public backlash and quiet support that followed his 2004 comments that homosexuals and unmarried pregnant women with live-in boyfriends should not teach in public schools.

"No one came to my defense. But everyone would come to me and whisper that I shouldn't back down," DeMint said at the Greater Freedom Rally, according to a published report in the Herald-Journal of Spartanburg.

DeMint first addressed the issue in October 2004 during a televised debate with state Education Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum weeks before the election to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings, D-S.C. The candidates were questioned about a state Republican Party platform item saying gays should not teach in public schools.

"I don't think they should," DeMint said then, adding that government should not endorse particular behaviors. "We need the folks that are teaching in schools to represent our values."

Tenenbaum replied by calling that stance "un-American."

Gay groups demanded an apology from DeMint, then a third-term congressman. During an interview with the Aiken Standard newspaper two days after the debate, DeMint expanded the list of people whom he thought should not teach in public schools.

"I would have given the same answer when asked if a single woman, who was pregnant and living with her boyfriend, should be hired to teach my third grade children," said DeMint, who apologized a day later for that particular remark. "I just think the moral decisions are different with a teacher."

Greene wants party chairwoman to quit

U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene wants South Carolina's Democratic Party chairwoman to step down because she won't support his long-shot bid.

Greene adviser Jonathan Farley said Tuesday that Chairwoman Carol Fowler has broken party rules by criticizing the Democratic nominee. Greene's name does not appear on the state Democratic party's Web site under its slate of candidates.

Party executive director Jay Parmley said Fowler hasn't broken any rules and is focusing on the governor's race. Fowler has already said she won't seek another term next year.

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follower
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follower 10/05/10 - 05:18 pm
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Don't worry, they won't be

Don't worry, they won't be voting for you anyway. Their man is Alvin Greene.

soldout
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soldout 10/05/10 - 05:30 pm
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What is wrong with preferring

What is wrong with preferring moral school teachers? The love sin and hate God crowd always wants everyone else to shut up.

dougk
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dougk 10/05/10 - 05:35 pm
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Gay people and pregnant
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Gay people and pregnant unmarried women are immoral??
Why does it seem I'm living in a time warp around here?....about 60 years behind.

SCEagle Eye
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SCEagle Eye 10/06/10 - 02:42 am
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The photo of DeMint tells it

The photo of DeMint tells it all - Mussolini, Jr. trying to ram his dangerous beliefs down all of our throats. It's time to get rid of this power-grabbing radical. If you're in South Carolina, vote for Tom Clements, who is on top of the ballot on Nov. 3. Clements won't play big brother with people like DeMint(ed) aims to do and believes in personal liberty. http://clementsforsenate.com/

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dickworth1 10/06/10 - 03:29 am
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I agree with DeMint, go back
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I agree with DeMint, go back in your closets and stay. I believe it should be a sex crime and treated in the court as such.

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corgimom 10/06/10 - 09:41 am
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Well, soldout, why doesn't he

Well, soldout, why doesn't he talk about unmarried men teachers living with their girlfriends?

Because he lives by a double standard?

Because he thinks it's ok to deny certain people their Constitutional rights to live how they want?

How does being homosexual affect someone's ability to teach?

I'm married. I have to explain to the kids every year, what "married" and "husband" and "wife" means. Most of them don't know.

Instead of worrying about teachers, you need to worry a whole lot more about the parents. The teachers aren't the problem.

PUPPYMOMMA
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PUPPYMOMMA 10/06/10 - 10:30 am
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Thank you, corgimom. I was

Thank you, corgimom. I was going to comment about unmarried men teachers living with their girlfriend. This guy sounds like a caveman.

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Chillen 10/06/10 - 11:52 am
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Boo Hoo. Grow a spine. No

Boo Hoo. Grow a spine. No apology necessary. PC is getting ridiculous.

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 10/06/10 - 12:01 pm
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Jim DeMint will win

Jim DeMint will win re-election by a landslide majority. There's a reason for that.....

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mable8 10/06/10 - 12:01 pm
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Jim Demint: The values you

Jim Demint: The values you speak of are yours, and not that of everyone else. Homosexuals and unmarried pregnant women have been around for time immemorial; who are you to pass judgment on these folks? I doubt that your life is so pure that it would put newly fallen snow to shame. There are many who live different life-styles and have become great in the eyes of the masses--something of which you clearly know nothing about. What individuals do in the privacy of their homes is really none of your business and you have no right to exclude them from civilized society. I wouldn't vote for you if you were the only person on the ballot; not for your inconsiderate remarks about homosexuals and unmarried mothers, but because your egotistical, arrogance leaves a lot to be desired.

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libertarianvoter 10/06/10 - 12:03 pm
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DeMint is such an idiot. The

DeMint is such an idiot. The personal choices of a teacher have nothing to do with their job or how well they perform it. One of my best teachers was gay, and no she did not force her personal life down our throats.

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j2says 10/06/10 - 03:30 pm
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If that's the way he feels he

If that's the way he feels he shouldn't apologize. The groups who want him too should thank him for his candidness so, people will know exactly where he's coming from. Better the devil you know, than the devil you don't know. Personally, I think if what the teachers do in their free time isn't illegal then that's their business as long as they don't bring it into the classroom.

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johnston.cliff 10/06/10 - 09:03 pm
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Gays and fools find nothing

Gays and fools find nothing redeeming in a moral standard high enough to exclude deviant behavior.
DeMint needs to continue to cater to the vast majority. He's one of the few Repubs. that remains consistently conservative. Same spiel every time.

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johnston.cliff 10/06/10 - 09:06 pm
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One of the many reasons our

One of the many reasons our government schools continue to spiral downward is because the "powers that be" within the DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION don't feel moral standards or personal life activities are relevant to a teacher's on the job performance.

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sgachief 10/07/10 - 07:02 am
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hang in there Jim, i think

hang in there Jim, i think you have more support than the libs. would like to believe.

libertarianvoter
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libertarianvoter 10/07/10 - 10:28 am
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Too bad there's not a 3rd

Too bad there's not a 3rd option..............................

ruudvonbaron
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ruudvonbaron 10/08/10 - 03:36 pm
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Who does Jim DeMint or some

Who does Jim DeMint or some posters on here think they are to determine what is "morally appropriate" for all Americans? Such narrow-minded, intellectually challenged, freedom hating people they are. This is just yet another reason the Republicans and social policies of discrimination and hate will find it very, very difficult to ever win another national election with their present platform.

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jiclemens 10/08/10 - 06:19 pm
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If the people of SC hear the

If the people of SC hear the little Napoleon and still vote for him again they deserve what they get. Considering Alvin Green however, I think the whole process is corrupt.

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teacher02 10/09/10 - 07:23 am
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I think the phrase "our

I think the phrase "our values" is very telling. Whose values is he representing?

Eating red meat (or any meat for that matter) is offensive to some. Having sex for reasons other than procreation - married or not - is immoral to others. A teacher having religious beliefs different than his or her students will conflict with the values of some.

DeMint argues that he would not want an unmarried pregnant woman teaching his 3rd grader. Well there is a simple solution to that - it's called private school. His values are a completely realistic expectation in that setting.But public school teachers, like their students, come from all walks of life and come with a variety of different beliefs. They might not all share the narrow values of Mr. DeMint.

For the record, I don't disagree with DeMint's moral stance on these specific issues. However, it is not his (or my) place to extend that to other employees of the State.

Regardless, if a teacher is obeying the law, what right does the government have to tell that teacher what he or she can do in their spare time?

As a lifelong Republican I growing concerned with the group's ever growing concern into the ongoings of its citizens personal lives. What ever happened to smaller government?

fontana
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fontana 10/09/10 - 10:09 am
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I'm voting for Greene, he's

I'm voting for Greene, he's got better porn.

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