Six years ago, Jim DeMint was stumbling over a non-apology for offensive remarks he made on the campaign trail for U.S. Senate. With a lack of opposition this year, he appears right at home making homophobic and sexist comments on the stump.

At a campaign event in 2004, DeMint said that gays and unmarried pregnant women shouldn’t be allowed to teach in public schools. Later, Tim Russert of Meet the Press asked DeMint whether he stood by those previous comments. Recognizing it wasn’t a political argument he could win, DeMint said several times that he should have just kept his opinions about teachers to himself.

Well, these days he doesn’t have a challenger nearly as well-positioned as Inez Tenenbaum and it would appear that he’s enjoying the breathing room. He told a crowd over the weekend that he not only still believes you can catch an appreciation for musical theater like a cold  — this man actually believes he’s got support.

DeMint said if someone is openly homosexual, they shouldn’t be teaching in the classroom and he holds the same position on an unmarried woman who’s sleeping with her boyfriend — she shouldn’t be in the classroom.

“(When I said those things,) no one came to my defense,” he said. “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.”

DeMint’s America is one where guns and God are allowed in the classroom, but not good educators who happen to have a functioning, unwed vagina or his and his bath towels. He also appeared to include GOP candidates Pat Toomey, Marco Rubio, and Rand Paul in his social conservative agenda. Somebody should ask these guys how much homophobia and sexism they like in their tea.

Likely more important is the broader truth the Spartanburg story relates: that DeMint’s leadership on fiscal reform in Washington is a ruse for his true passion — inserting his socially conservative values into federal law.

“Hopefully in 2012, we’ll make headway to repeal some of the things we’ve done, because politics only works when we’re realigned with our Savior.”

DeMint also told the crowd he would continue to fight a $400,000 earmark to study deepening the Charleston Harbor — a priority for the State Ports Authority and local business leaders.