Meet conspiracy theorist/Republican State Rep. Charles Van Zant of Florida. The paranoid lawmaker believes new standardized tests in the Sunshine State are a secret ploy devised by gay people to turn students “as homosexual as they possibly can,” Think Progress reports.
American Institutes for Research, a non-profit group based out of Washington D.C., recently won the right to design Florida’s standardized tests, and Van Zant is not happy about it. New video has been obtained that features the paranoid lawmaker speaking at an education conference in March, where he warned audience members:
“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!”
After dropping that bomb, he somberly apologized to to the crowd for bearing such terrible, terrible news. “I really hate to bring you that news,” he said, “but you need to know.”
Educators and lawmakers, however, beg to differ.
“I think he’s way out there,” Andrew Sparr, president of the teacher’s union, told Florida’s News 13. “[H]e’s criticizing a test that hasn’t been developed yet.”
“Those comments are definitely out of line,” State Rep. Dwayne Taylor added.
“Can a test sway children towards homosexuality?” said Sparr. “I think it’s ridiculous to think that it could.”
But Van Zant is sticking by his comments. He recently released a statement that said, in part:
If you just go look on their website, AIR.org, you see that they’re very much in support and say on their website that they’re supportive and provide all sorts of research data and things regarding the LGBT agenda, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender agenda. I don’t believe that that has any place being introduced into Florida’s schools.
Check out video of Van Zant vomiting his paranoia below.