Florida Republican says standardized tests make you gay

MOM: How’d the test go, Timmy?

SON: Gay.

Is there a GOP study guide they pass out in crazy-land, because I’d love to read it some day.  The things these folks come up with.  A Florida Republican lawmaker, Charles Van Zant, as part of his larger opposition to “Common Core,” has determined that standardized testing can turn children gay.

You’ll be glad to know that the state’s education commissioner has denied that standardized tests make you want to marry a gay.

The state lawmaker is named Charles Van Zant, and here’s what he had to say about AIR, the company that will be doing the statewide testing:

“Our new secretary of education in Florida recently appointed AIR to receive the $220 million contract for end-of-course exam testing and to prepare those tests. Please — go on their website. Click the link to what they are doing with youth, and you will see what their agenda really is. They are promoting as hard as they can any youth that is interested in the LGBT agenda and even name it 2-S, which they define as having two spirits. The Bible says a lot about being double-minded.

GOP Florida lawmaker Charles Van Zant thinks standardized tests turn kids gay.

GOP Florida lawmaker Charles Van Zant thinks standardized tests turn kids gay.

“These people that will now receive $220 million from the state of Florida, unless this is stopped, will promote double mindedness in state education, and attract every one of your children to become as homosexual as they possibly can. I’m sorry to report that to you. … I really hate to bring you that news, but you need to know.”

And here’s the video (h/t ThinkProgress):

And you have to love Politifact, one of the two main fact-checking sites for politics.  They not only investigated the testing-will-make-your-kids-gay claim and gave it a “Pants on Fire!”, but they also investigated the claim that you can change someone’s sexual orientation!

For the record, Politifact rates as “False” the notion that you can from straight to gay, or the other way around:

Scientists don’t doubt that it’s possible for someone who’s gay to choose, through sheer willpower, to ignore their impulses and abstain from homosexual activity. Both gay and straight people have been going celibate by choice since time immemorial. But scientists add that for such people, sexual impulses don’t go away.

So, scientists argue, even if sexual behavior is a choice, sexual orientation — the state of being gay, and the impulses one feels — is not a choice….

Pawlenty said that scientists are “in dispute” about whether being gay is a choice or not. We think most people would interpret that to mean sexual orientation — that is, attractions and impulses — rather than sexual behavior. And on that question, it seems that the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the Human Rights Campaign and even the Family Research Council are in agreement. So we rate Pawlenty’s statement False.

Sometimes I wonder about people who think it’s so easy to become gay, who think that “there but for the grace of God go I” people end up gay.  It makes me wonder what’s actually going on inside their heads.  If makes me wonder if they aren’t really gay themselves. (Don’t worry, Charles, you only like boys because of that F you got in trig!)

It reminds me of the “love the sinner, hate the sin” distinction.  It’s an awfully convenient way to explain away your own gayness, turning it into some kind of behavior that, in essence, we all have yearnings for, but some of us are just Christian enough to avoid the temptation. It means the temptation is there. And it means you’re kinda gay, kinda bi, or at the very least kinda curious.

No word yet on what turns so many (southern) Republicans dumb.


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