Apparently the key to being as homosexual as you can possibly be is standardized math tests. Who knew? That's what Florida state Rep. Charles Van Zant declared in a speech railing against the Common Core basic educational standards.
As far as we know Common Core does not involve crazy things like numerators bottoming for denominators.
According to Think Progress, Van Zant, a Republican, delivered the remarks at an anti-Common Core event in Orlando back in March.
Common Core, in case you're not aware, is a federal-state partnership that aims to set basic general educational standards in reading and math across the country. It's sponsored by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers.
Somehow Van Zant thinks this is all very, very queer. Form Think Progress:
Their aim, Van Zant warned, was 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 Florida Republican said, "but you need to know."
VAN ZANT: 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.
His remarks were, of course, caught on camera:
All of this is very worrying! If I had a child who was is say bisexual, pansexual or asexual, I'd be mad as hell if our schools were trying to force them into homosexuality!
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Van Zant's overblown outrage comes from the fact that Florida gave a contract to a company called the American Institute for Research to write a new standardized test to replace the FCAT with Common Core in mind.
AIR is a DC-based nonprofit that specializes in behavioral and social science research organization, and often provides educational services.
A spokesman for the group tells Jacksonville.com that the while they do provide research and information on LGBT youth, that will have nothing to do with the test they're writing for Florida.