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Pants on Fire for Van Zant's claim that Common Core tests will "attract every one of your children to become as homosexual as they possibly can"

Heads up moms and dads -- a Florida lawmaker has unearthed one moreconspiracy behind Common Core. A companythat has been hired by Florida to give students tests will be recruiting every one of those students to become gay.  

Think Progress, a liberal blog, dug up a video of state Rep. Charles Van Zant, R-Keystone Heights, speaking about the topic at the "Operation Education" conference -- a gathering of conservative religious groups who met about the theme of "How education reforms are attacking America’s Foundation."

The Orlando conference was in March, but Think Progress posted a video clip of Zant on May 19, and the video then spread to other blogs.

We listened to the full speech. Here is the portion that drew attention:

"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.

"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."

Van Zant encouraged listeners to research AIR, so we took him up on his suggestion and decided to check if AIR plans to "attract every one of your children to become as homosexual as they possibly can." We contacted Van Zant’s office and asked him to provide evidence to support his claim and did not get a response.

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