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6th Grader to GOP Candidate: ‘Comparing Gay Marriage to Marriage with a Dog is Offensive’

A sixth-grade girl did not back down from her views when a local Republican leader, District Attorney Phil Berger Jr, made an anti-gay remark during his recent visit to her North Carolina school.

Lana Torres, a middle schooler at Greensboro Montessori School, had asked Berger during a student-led forum hosted by her class what he would do to support equal rights for the LGBT community if he were elected to Congress.

Berger responded that he would not support such measures and explained that he had worked against efforts to weaken traditional marriage laws. “Two years ago, the voters of North Carolina overwhelming approved Amendment One, which only recognized traditional marriage, and I was a leader in that effort,” Berger told the students. “I was the spokesperson for traditional marriage in North Carolina, and I am very much in favor of traditional marriage.”

Yet it was not his anti-gay marriage track record that bothered Torres; it was what he said next about the LGBT community to a group of kids.

“He talked about a man marrying a dog,” Torres told the local paper. “I found that really offensive, that he would compare gay marriage to something so offensive and outrageous.”

Unfortunately, Berger’s inappropriate remarks were not the only thing that the young people had to endure during their forum.

When asked about the recent global climate change report that warning climate change has already impacted the world’s food supply, GOP candidate told the kids that the UN’s report, compiled by some of the leading experts in the world, was simply hogwash.

“First, we need to find unbiased people with an objective viewpoint to look at this, and if there are issues, then we address them,” Mike Causey said, suggesting that all this climate change talk was just to make a political point.

Fellow GOP candidate Charles Sutherland then backed Causey up, adding an unscientific climate denial theory of his own. “I think we’re heading into another Ice Age, not getting warmer,” Sutherland told the middle school students, who clearly were better informed than most of the panel. “We need to prepare for that.”

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  • dare2speak

    Once again, GOP intellect comes shining through. Are you smarter than a sixth grader, we ask? The answer is an unequivocal “no.” Like father-like son, Berger seriously believed that he could talk down to Montessori school students. Big mistake. Sounds like he was chewed up and spit out as we say here in the south.

  • I hope the teachers in this school are smarter than he is, and that they spend all week in class discussing how utterly idiotic he was.

    • therain

      We’re talking about the kid, right?

  • PoliticalThorn

    I always like to always check things out a bit, so there’s another link for this also at the end.

    BUT the obvious question is: IS A REPUBLICAN SMARTER THAN A 6TH GRADER ? and the answer is HELL NO !


  • Rhonda Tomazon

    Gosh I wish there was a video of that. This is why I believe that these are just gop talking points. A 6th grader knows about climate change but this elected official doesn’t. Haven’t had much reason to be proud of NC since Pat Mc Corry got elected but this 6th grade girl made my day

    • therain

      There has not been any global warming for 15 years. The homosexual parts do not fit together, and homosexuals cannot reproduce by themselves. Why are you so anti-science?

      • Rhonda Tomazon

        Talking to a tree, I tell you. I see the sixth grader is up on you also.

  • diablodejalisco

    funny, the students are smarter than the candidates. but, it is another red state.

  • diablodejalisco

    and these kids parents vote for these fools.

  • Estella Cohen

    Is a Republican smarter than a Sixth grader?….a fifth grader?…..a fourth grader? You get the idea. LOL

  • Beverly Brown

    Tell that idiot baby girl, you rocked. Broke his face. heehee

  • Giovanni Campanella

    There is no scientific and unbiased agreement over man made climate change. No, I’m not a republican, but these really are just talking points by both parties. It’s annoying reading liberal comments on here arrogantly proclaiming to be the smarter party, while not realizing that both parties are fundamentally the same. Rhetorically much different, but fundamentally they are alike.

    “BUT the obvious question is: IS A REPUBLICAN SMARTER THAN A 6TH GRADER ? and the answer is HELL NO!”

    People look at politics the same way they look at sports. No virtue, no actual thinking, just ex-post facto reasoning and stubborn refusal to challenge their own ‘beliefs’.

    • GOPhater

      well, Gio, most certainly your opinion, but a lot of us totally disagree with your rant…

      • Giovanni Campanella

        When you’re in the majority it’s time for some self reflection.

  • pwrblnc

    They shouldn’t allow bullying bigots like this to speak at school functions. What if there is a student there with two same sex parents? I consider Phil Berger a bully and that, of course, is not allowed in the schools.

    • therain

      You are in the minority.

  • andacar

    Phil, you are going to have to stand in the corner for saying bad words.

  • Nancy Taylor

    The obvious question is why a supposed grown man is discussing this crap with 6th graders…if my child was in that school I would be removing them and going after the school for even having this idiot appear!!!!! School is for learning not brainwashing!!!!

    • therain

      Agreed, perverted things like homosexuals should not be discussed at so young an age.