An organization founded by Kevin Jennings, President Obama’s chief of the safe-schools office in the Department of Education, has recommended a movie promoting several practitioners of pornography as part of its plans for teaching schoolchildren about homosexuality, according to a new report.
A report from Mass Resistance, a pro-family organization that has battled homosexual activists, says Jennings’ Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network has included in one of its “lesson plans” for schoolchildren a recommendation for the film “Gay Pioneers.”
The lesson plan describes “Gay Pioneers” as “a documentary focused on the first public protests for equal rights for gay and lesbian people, staged at governmental offices and historic landmarks in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., between 1965 and 1969, through archival footage and interviews with the participants who are still living.”
The report suggests that many parents might be surprised, however, to have their children being given messages of endorsement for the activities of Franklin Kameny, Jack Nichols, Nancy Tucker or Randolfe Wicker.
Kameny, for example, is “founder and president of National Consumers Association for the Advancement and Protection of Pornography, Inc.,” the report said.
He also has been quoted describing himself as a “First Amendment absolutist.”
“I support (North American Man/Boy Love Association’s) right to advocate whatever they wish, including advocacy of changes of law to legalize their preferences,” he’s quoted saying.
The Mass Resistance report quoted Kameny saying, “Bestiality is not my thing … but it seems to be a harmless foible or idiosyncrasy of some people. So, as long as the animal doesn’t mind (and the animal rarely does), I don’t mind, and I don’t see why anyone else should.”
The report also cited the movie’s portrayal of Nichols, who edited the pornographic magazine “Screw.” The report includes a sample of his writing: “‘Screw’ was the world’s first publisher of newspaper nude frontals, both male and female. It was also the world’s first newspaper to publish nude photos of males making love. I was one of those two males…”
Another profile talks about Tucker, who created the “Gay Blade”, as well as Wicker, who “wrote a trailblazing article … explaining how best to violate New York state’s now-defunct sodomy laws.”
“Imagine teenagers hearing about these sex-obsessed ‘gay pioneers’ (who are portrayed as heroic ‘civil rights’ leaders), then doing a Web search as they answer their homework questions,” Mass Resistance’s report said. “These are the ‘civil rights’ leaders Kevin Jennings and his organization GLSEN hold up to children as worthy of emulation.”
Research from Linda Harvey of Mission America also has documented over the years GLSEN’s teaching lessons recommended for schools.
The lesson including the recommendation for “Gay Pioneers” is suggested by GLSEN for grades 7-12. It also includes “Out of the Past”, which tells of a student’s campaign to have a homosexual club in her school.
The lesson “provides a fun and interactive way to increase students’ understanding of LGBT history and raise awareness of LGBT people and their contributions,” the promotion said.
Harvey’s research shows that a review of GLSEN recommendations as early as 2002 found there were instances where the group “implicitly condones criminal sexual contact between adults and minors.”
Harvey’s report said GLSEN “believes the early sexualization of children can be beneficial. This means that virtually any sexual activity as well as exposure to graphic sexual images and material is not just permissible but good for children, as part of the process of discovering their sexuality.”
Bill Donohue, the president of the Catholic League, wrote, “On September 23, I wrote a news release on the curious moral credentials of Kevin Jennings to be President Obama’s Safe Schools Czar: a former drug user and irresponsible teen counselor, he is also a Christian basher.
“What was not known at the time is that he is also a proud member of Act Up, the homosexual urban terrorist group that broke into St. Patrick’s Cathedral (in New York City) in 1989 and disrupted Mass; the Eucharist was desecrated and obscene depictions of Cardinal O’Connor were posted,” he continued.
“Now a group called MassResistance, and the website WorldNetDaily, have exposed Jennings as a member of Act Up. And he is no mere member: Jennings is listed as a donor to a sick display, ‘Act Up New York: Activism, Art and the AIDS Crisis, 1987-1993,’ currently featured at the Harvard Art Museum. Harvard, of course, would never feature a display of Klan paraphernalia and say it was being done for the purpose of ‘dialogue,'” he said.
“The real story here is not the corruption of Harvard – that’s old hat – the real story is the president of the United States choosing a morally challenged anti-Catholic homosexual to join his team. That Jennings belongs to, and sponsors, an urban terrorist organization, should alone disqualify him from public service at a municipal level. And remember, Obama did not choose him to monitor global cooling – he was chosen to instruct youth on moral matters,” Donohue said.
“Catholics deserve to know why Obama likes Jennings.”
It was a YouTube video that revealed Jeff Davis, Jennings’ “partner,” addressing a banquet and said of Jennings, “He was a member of Act Up. Act Up! So it’s like – you know – here’s a big gay activist. BIG gay activist!”
The video was removed shortly after the WND report appeared, but Mass Resistance continues making it available on the Internet.
According to “The Marketing of Evil,” by WND’s David Kupelian, Act Up was extreme from its outset:
The defiant, storm-trooper tactics of in-your-face groups like Act Up (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) may or may not have been successful in pressuring the federal government to increase its commitment to combating AIDS. But such tactics definitely were successful in giving activist homosexuals a very bad name.
One infamous incident was the assault on New York’s famed St. Patrick’s Cathedral on December 10, 1989. While Cardinal John O’Connor presided over the 10:15 Sunday morning Mass, a multitude of “pro-choice” and “gay rights” activists protested angrily outside. Some, wearing gold-colored robes similar to clerical vestments, hoisted a large portrait of a pornographically altered frontal nude portrait of Jesus.
“You bigot, O’Connor, you’re killing us!” screamed one protester, while signs called the archbishop “Murderer!”
Then it got really ugly. Scores of protesters entered the church, resulting in what many in the packed house of parishioners described as a “nightmare.”
“The radical homosexuals turned a celebration of the Holy Eucharist into a screaming babble of sacrilege by standing in the pews, shouting and waving their fists, tossing condoms into the air,” recounted the New York Post. One of the invaders grabbed a consecrated wafer and threw it to the ground.
Outside, demonstrators, many of them members of Act Up, carried placards that summed up their sentiments toward the Catholic Church: “Keep your church out of my crotch.” “Keep your rosaries off my ovaries.” “Eternal life to Cardinal John O’Connor NOW!” “Curb your dogma.”
Clearly, the young movement was flirting with oblivion if it persisted in such ugly, indefensible tactics. It needed a new, more civilized direction if it ever hoped to convince Americans that homosexuality was a perfectly normal alternative lifestyle.
According to Mass Resistance research by Amy Contrada, the Act Up organization also:
- Staged a “die-in” at Massachusetts General Hospital to protest the unavailability of pneumocystic-pneumonia drug aerosolized pentamidine.
- Protested Astra Pharmaceutical Products’ refusal to release the experimental antiviral drug Foscarnet.
- Disrupted opening night at the San Francisco Opera.
- Protested design of clinical trials planned by Harvard School of Medicine.
- Jammed phone lines of health-insurance database company protesting their use of “sexual deviation” classification.
- Halted Boston’s trolley service and traffic in front of Harvard School of Public Health to press the federal government into approving two new AIDS drugs.
Messages WND left with Jennings’ office have not been returned.