Florida lawmaker's anti-gay Common Core rant caught on tape

Refers to those who benefit from Common Core legislation as "these people."
By Matt Bradwell  |  May 19, 2014 at 4:46 PM
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ORLANDO, Fla., May 19 (UPI) -- A Republican state representative in Florida is criticizing changes his state is making to its standardized testing, saying they are an attempt to turn straight children homosexual.

Video of Florida State Rep. Charles Van Zant's anti-gay comments were leaked by watchdog group ThinkProgress Monday afternoon. The remarks were part of a speech Van Zant gave at the Operation Education Conference, an anti-Common Core gathering in Orlando.

"The [Christian] bible says a lot about being double-minded," Van Zant said in the video.

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.

He then apologized for delivering "bad news," seemingly implying he was speaking to a crowd sympathetic to anti-gay views.

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