Most people have never heard of the Obama Administration’s “Safe School Czar” Kevin Jennings. But according to this Washington Times editorial, we should be very wary of this man:
A teacher was told by a 15-year-old high school sophomore that he was having homosexual sex with an “older man.” At the very least, statutory rape occurred. Fox News reported that the teacher violated a state law requiring that he report the abuse. That former teacher, Kevin Jennings, is President Obama’s “safe school czar.”
It’s getting hard to keep track of all of this president’s problematic appointments. Clearly, the process for vetting White House employees has broken down.
In this one case in which Mr. Jennings had a real chance to protect a young boy from a sexual predator, he not only failed to do what the law required but actually encouraged the relationship.
According to Mr. Jennings’ own description in a new audiotape discovered by Fox News, the 15-year-old boy met the “older man” in a “bus station bathroom” and was taken to the older man’s home that night. When some details about the case became public, Mr. Jennings threatened to sue another teacher who called his failure to report the statutory rape “unethical.” Mr. Jennings’ defenders asserted that there was no evidence that he was aware the student had sex with the older man.
However, the new audiotape contradicts this claim. In 2000, Mr. Jennings gave a talk to the Iowa chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, an advocacy group that promotes homosexuality in schools. On the tape, Mr. Jennings recollected that he told the student to make sure “to use a condom” when he was with the older man. That he actively encouraged the relationship is reinforced by Mr. Jennings’ own description in his 1994 book, “One Teacher in 10.” In that account, the teacher boasts how he allayed the student’s concerns about the relationship to such a degree that the 15-year-old “left my office with a smile on his face that I would see every time I saw him on the campus for the next two years, until he graduated.”
Supporters of Jennings, who founded the New York city-based Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, undoubtedly think of him as a heroic advocate for the rights of unjustly persecuted gay and lesbian students and faculty members in our public schools. But the real Kevin Jennings is a clever political operative who disguised a radical pro-homosexuality agenda as a “safe schools” curriculum designed to end common and generally unacceptable forms of student intimidation.
Jennings’ writings clearly express his desire to curtail bullying and discrimination in schools through the introduction of a teaching program that destigmatizes homosexuality, racial differences, income disparity, and other traits that often contribute to the victimization of certain groups of students. But obviously Jennings has no problem going a step further, crossing the line of reasonable objectivity and openly encouraging teens to experiment with homosexual relationships — including clandestine meetings with middle-aged men.
Writing at Human Events this past June, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council noted:
While Jennings promotes tolerance toward homosexuals, he is unwilling to reciprocate by extending tolerance to those who disagree with him. His memoir, Mama’s Boy, Preacher’s Son, seethes with bitterness toward Southern Baptists, the country’s largest Protestant denomination (within which he was raised). Perhaps that’s why, in a speech in a New York church in 2000, Jennings is reported to have said, “We have to quit being afraid of the religious right. . . . I’m trying not to say, ‘[F—] ’em!’ which is what I want to say, because I don’t care what they think! Drop dead!”
He wants homosexuality to be taught in American schools — in his book Always My Child, Jennings calls for a “diversity policy that mandates including LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] themes in the curriculum.” But he wants only one side of this controversial issue to be aired, and apparently believes in locking sexually confused kids into a “gay” identity. That’s the implication of his declaration, “Ex-gay messages have no place in our nation’s public schools. A line has been drawn. There is no ‘other side’ when you’re talking about lesbian, gay and bisexual students.”
Jennings does not limit his promotion of homosexuality in schools only to high schools or middle schools. He wrote the foreword for a book titled Queering Elementary Education, which includes an essay declaring that “‘queerly raised’ children are agents” using “strategies of adaptation, negotiation, resistance, and subversion.”
Kevin Jennings’ own personal behavior, when combined with his educational policy goals, paints a vivid picture of an LGBT radical who has no problem with using a government-mandated “safe schools” behavior curriculum to transform our public education system into both a paradise for pedophiles and a medium for cheesy LGBT propaganda infomercials — “Is the gay lifestyle right for you? Want to learn more? Contact us for more options …”
He has no business whatsoever serving as any kind of “czar” for our public schools.
(h/t Sweetness & Light, who writes, “Doesn’t Mr. Obama know anyone who is even slightly normal and law-abiding?”)