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Kevin Jennings at the 2000 conference
A pro-family organization is accusing President Obama’s Office of Safe Schools chief, Kevin Jennings, of knowing in advance the “gross and disgusting” subjects that would be covered at a seminar on sex for teenagers.
There have been multiple reports about a Massachusetts school seminar 10 years ago sponsored by the group Jennings founded, the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network, that included instructors providing explicit direction on homosexual activities, such as “fisting.”
The subject has been raised as a direct challenge to Jennings’ fitness to hold office, and as WND has reported, several dozen members of Congress have signed a letter to President Obama demanding his dismissal.
Now, Brian Camenker and Amy Contrada at Mass Resistance in Massachusetts have posted online audio recordings from the seminar, documenting discussions such as whether to “spit or swallow” during oral sex and how to accomplish “fisting.”
The group also linked Jennings to the seminar.
“Of course Jennings and the Massachusetts Department of Education knew beforehand what the ‘sexuality educators’ would discuss with children at the ‘fisting’ workshop,” the organization said in a new report today. “The instructor Margot Abels said so herself.”
Further, Jennings was working closely with the state education department as co-chairman of the Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth education committee, which set up the statewide program, according to the report.
Significant, the report said, was the reaction at the time the tapes were made.
“GLSEN (and Kevin Jennings) did not dispute that the recordings were genuine or that the events [took] place as we described them. Instead, they tried to get a court to ban the tape and sue us. In fact, Jennings defended the event,” the report said.
The state instruction program, labeled “Safe Schools for Gay and Lesbian Students,” was held April 18, 2000.
The seminar was attended by Scott Whiteman, who made the recordings. He was, at the time, executive director of the Parents Rights Coalition, now Mass Resistance.
An article was published in the May 2000 edition of Massachusetts News, whose publisher, Ed Pawlick, dubbed the incident “Fistgate.” The tapes also appeared on WTKK radio in Boston, sparking a media firestorm at the time.
Mass Resistance reported the homosexual movement responded by obtaining a judicial ban on the playing of the tapes and taking Camenker, Whiteman and others to court over an alleged wiretapping violation.
The lawsuit later essentially was abandoned by the homosexual activists, and a separate claim by Abels was settled in 2006 with permission for Camenker to distribute the tape and its information without restriction, the report said.
Abels later was quoted in Massachusetts News describing her work as “sort of below the radar screen for a long time.”
“We always knew that we were working in an area that in certain places was considered really controversial and we also knew that we were doing cutting-edge work and that there are plenty of people that don’t support doing work with gay kids. But I think that we flew sort of below the radar screen for a long time and were able to, and had the complete support of our agency,” she said.
But two tapes of various segments of the seminar have been posted online by Mass Resistance.
Please note Mass Resistance describes the subject matter of these tapes as “gross and disgusting.”
Part 1 includes discussion of “spit versus swallowing” during oral sex. There’s also the explanation to students as young as 12 about “fisting.”
The instructor at the seminar explained, “A little-known fact is that you don’t make a fist like this (holding hand up). When they do it, it’s like this (holding hand up again).”
There’s also advice for a “young lesbian” on how to make the first moves toward someone they’ve never had sex with.
Tape 2 includes a promotion for homosexuality. “Homosexuality – they said don’t knock it until you’ve tried it,” said an instructor. “Just like you haven’t tried a vegetable, how do you know you don’t like it?”
A report by Camenker and Whiteman immediately after the event identified the education-department officials at the seminar as Abels, Julie Netherland and Michael Gaucher.
“An enormous amount of very disturbing material was distributed at the conference. Much of it encourage[d] young children to become actively engaged in homosexual activities. The Sidney Borum Community Health Center table was giving out a cassette-sized ‘pocket sex’ kit, which included two condoms, two antiseptic ‘moist’ towelettes, and six bandages, which were for ‘when the sex got really rough,’ according to the high-school volunteer behind the desk. There was a supply of condoms supplied by both Sidney Borum and Planned Parenthood, all of which were for the taking. Children as young as 12 or 13 participating and receiving ‘information’ and materials,” they said.
“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.”
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.
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 concerns by Mission America over subject material in books recommended by GLSEN for schoolchildren.
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.
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