It's helpful when they look every bit as dumb as they areJim DeMint is a special kind of bigot, really, but that’s how they make ’em in South Carolina:

Addressing a group of conservative voters on Friday, Sen. Jim DeMint, reiterated his belief that openly gay people and unmarried straight women who sleep with a partner shouldn’t teach children.


DeMint said he was cast as a pariah in Washington for once saying that openly gay teachers and women who have sex outside of marriage should not teach in a classroom.

“[When I said those things,] no one came to my defense,” he said, according to the report. “But everyone would come to me and whisper that I shouldn’t back down. They don’t want government purging their rights and their freedom to religion.”

I don’t particularly want uneducated fundamentalists teaching my children either — I mean, I’d like to raise literate children, thank you — but I’m an American, so I’m not going to try to infringe upon their freedom to become teachers if they want.

And that’s the difference between normal Americans and Jim DeMint.