The Homosexual Agenda

19 Dec

Hannity Calls for the Removal of Kevin Jennings

This is representative Steve King (Republican Congressman from Iowa) on Hannity calling for the removal of Kevin Jennings as the Assistant Deputy Secretary for the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools at the US Department of Education.

Jennings, for those of you who don’t know, founded GLSEN, The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network in 1990, and served as the organization’s executive director through August of 2008 (www.glsen.org). Jennings has also authored, edited, and contributed to six books, all about LGBTQ youth or LGBTQ topics in K-12 education.

It’s hard for me to disagree with Representative King, Jennings has promoted the homosexual agenda in the sense that he has spent his 20 year career advocating for (gasp) anti-harassment and anti-bullying policies to protect LGBTQ youth in secondary schools, and (shriek) supported the establishment of Gay/Straight Alliances as supportive spaces for sexual minority youth, and facilitated youth driven activism such as (no! no!) “No Name Calling Week” and the “National Day of Silence.”

Watch the video. Here are some points to remember, after the jump. If you bump into Hannity somewhere, you’ll be ready.

The allegations: Jennings failed to report an incident where a, 15 or 16 year-old,  student told him that he [the student] was having sex with an older man.

Response: Well, it’s pretty much true. This information came from a memoir Jennings published in 2006, Mama’s Boy, Preacher’s Son. The event transpired in 1988, when Jennings was 25 years old.

The allegations: Jennings is “associated” with NAMBLA, the North American Man Boy Love Association.

Response: Jennings’ “association” with NAMBLA is gleaned from the fact that he once praised Harry Hay, a founder of the Mattachine Society, in a speech. Harry Hay protested the exclusion of NAMBLA from LGBT pride parades in the 1980s. By some logic, therefore, Jennings is the “poster boy for NAMBLA”. Just to be clear, there are many reasons one could praise Harry Hay that have nothing to do with his defense of NAMBLA. For example, the Mattachine Society was the first enduring LGBT rights organization.

The allegations: Jennings wrote the foreword to a book titles Queering Elementary Education: Advancing the dialogue about sexuality and schooling.

Response: So? The need for a response is based on the presumption that there is something problematic about including discussions of sexuality in elementary school curriculum.

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