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More than four dozen members of Congress have signed a letter to President Obama urging the removal of Kevin Jennings, the pro-homosexual activist appointed to head the nation’s office of safe schools.
Among the book titles recommended for children are “Queer 13,” “Passages of Pride,” “Growing Up Gay–Growing Up Lesbian,” “In Your Face,” “Mama’s Boy, Preacher’s Son” and “Love & Sex: Ten Stories of Truth.”
WND reported when the campaign was launched with about a dozen members of Congress asking Obama to remove Jennings:
“We respectfully request that you remove Kevin Jennings, the Assistant Deputy Secretary for the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, from your administration. It is clear that Mr. Jennings lacks the appropriate qualifications and ethical standards to serve in this capacity.”
The letter was signed by U.S. Reps. Doug Lamborn of Colorado, Steve King of Iowa, Duncan Hunter of California, Darrell Issa of California, Paul Broun of Georgia, Joe Pitts of Pennsylvania and others. The lawmakers pointed out Jennings “has played an integral role in promoting homosexuality and pushing a pro-homosexual agenda in America’s schools.”
“There is more to safe and drug free schools than can be accomplished from the narrow view of Mr. Jennings who has, for more than 20 years, almost exclusively focused on promoting the homosexual agenda,” the letter said.
As of today, 53 members of Congress have joined the effort to remove Jennings, who has described how he developed the strategy to use the word “safe” to promote homosexuality in Massachusetts schools.
According to Americans for Truth, headed by Peter LaBarbera, Jennings has a history of egregious behavior, including failing to report an apparent assault on a student who reportedly was 15 at the time.
Another incident was the “fistgate” scandal when a seminar at a GLSEN-sponsored conference featured a discussion in which “young teens were guided on how to perform dangerous homosexual perversions including ‘fisting,’” Americans for Truth said.
The StopJennings website says, in an article by Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council, that Jennings lacks the “ethical standards” needed for public service.
“Jennings’ and GLSEN’s concept of ‘safe schools’ means special protections for privileged groups (especially homosexuals), rather than safety for all,” Sprigg wrote.
His list of reasons Jennings is unqualified continued: “The Jennings/GLSEN concept of ‘safe schools’ actually extends far beyond the prevention of ‘harassment’ and ‘bullying’ to active ‘affirmation’ and ‘promotion’ of homosexuality.”
Third, “Jennings is viciously hostile to religion,” Sprigg wrote. He quoted Jennings in his “Mama’s Boy, Preacher’s Son” book: “God … had done nothing but cause me pain and anguish through His inaction and malevolence throughout my childhood. … What had he done for me, other than make me feel shame and guilt? Squat. [Scr-w] you, buddy – I don’t need you around anymore, I decided.”
Fourth, Jennings believes only pro-homosexual views should be permitted.
Sprigg quoted Jennings again, “Ex-gay messages have no place in our nation’s public schools. A line has been drawn. There is no ‘other side.’”
Jennings also advocates sexual indoctrination for even young children, and by his own account, failed to protect the “safety” of a homosexual student he once counseled, Sprigg wrote.
The website highlights some of Jennings’ statements, including, “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!”
It also provides a telephone number to reach Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
“Kevin Jennings has shown a disregard for parental rights and for our children’s well being, yet he is the president’s choice to keep our schools safe,” the website says. “Safe for sexual predators it would seem.”
The result was “Becoming Visible,” which opens with, “Why teach gay and lesbian history? … Indeed, as lesbian and gay studies has emerged as a discipline over the last two decades, its dramatic discoveries have shown it to be one of the most exciting fields in contemporary historical scholarship.”
Researchers at Mass Resistance reported Sasha Alyson of Alyson Publications asked Jennings to do the book.
In Jennings’ acknowledgments for the book, he writes, “Writing this part of the book has caused me more anxiety than any other. It simply is not possible to express my gratitude to the many people who have helped make this book possible. … With apologies to anyone omitted, here we go! The obvious place to begin is with Alyson Publications. First, Sasha Alyson had the vision to conceive of this project, and I had the good luck to be the person he sought out to complete it. I am deeply appreciative of being afforded this opportunity.”
WND also has reported on concerns by Mission America over subject material in books recommended by GLSEN for school children.
The group’s Linda Harvey warned, “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.”
Her report cited one passage from a book recommended for students in grades 7-12: “I released his arms. They glided around my neck, pulling my head down to his. I stretched full length on top of him, our heads touching. Our heavy breathing from the struggle gradually subsided. I felt …”
What follows in “Growing Up Gay–Growing Up Lesbian” by Malcolm Boyd is a “graphic description” of a homosexual encounter.
Bill Donohue, 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.”
A YouTube video revealed Jeff Davis, Jennings’ “partner,” addressing a banquet and saying 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 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 effort also:
Staged a “die in” at Massachusetts General Hospital to protest the unavailability of PCP drug AP.
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 has left with Jennings’ office during its coverage of these issues never have been returned.