Kevin Jennings, the "Safe Schools Czar" appointed by BHO, has a radical past (surprise...not) of promoting homosexuality in schools, drug use, and contempt for religion. He also wrote at one time of an underage student who had told Jennings that he was having sex with older men. Jennings did not report the incident.
In 1990, as a teacher in Massachusetts, he founded the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), which now has over 40 chapters at schools nationwide. He has also published six books on gay rights and education, including one that describes his own experiences as a closeted gay student.
"Jennings was obviously chosen for this job because of the safe schools aspect... defining 'safe schools' narrowly in terms of 'safe for homosexuality'," Peter Sprigg, a senior fellow at the Family Research Council, told FOXNews.com.
"But at least half of the job involves creating drug-free schools, and we've not been offered any evidence about what qualifications Jennings has for promoting drug-free schools."
In fact, in his 2007 autobiography "Mama's Boy, Preacher's Son: A Memoir," Jennings talks extensively of his drug use during his high school years in the early 1980's.
"I got stoned more often and went out to the beach at Bellows, overlooking Honolulu Harbor and the lights of the city, to drink with my buddies on Friday and Saturday nights, spending hours watching the planes take off and land at the airport, which is actually quite fascinating when you are drunk and stoned."
While I'm not throwing stones here, I will be the first to speak out against drug use. Experience has taught me that it's just not the thing to do. Jennings has largely remained silent on the issue since his book was published.
Liberal groups have said that the revelation of these facts by those on the right are nothing more than a smear campaign. Here we go again...
In 1997, according to a transcript put together by Brian J. Burt, managing editor of the student-run Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Jennings said he hoped that promoting homosexuality in schools would be considered fine in the future.
"One of our board members" was called to testify before Congress when they had hearings on the promotion of homosexuality in schools," Jennings said. "And we were busy putting out press releases, and saying, "We're not promoting homosexuality, that's not what our program's about. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.... '
"Being finished might someday mean that most straight people, when they would hear that someone was promoting homosexuality, would say 'Yeah, who cares?' because they wouldn't necessarily equate homosexuality with something bad that you would not want to promote."
In 2000, GLSEN co-sponsored a conference along with the Massachusetts Department of Education. It was revealed that there were some pretty graphic and unorthodox sex techniques being discussed with kids. The following is a quote made by a state official who had been talking to teenagers.
"Fisting (forcing one's entire hand into another person's rectum or vagina) often gets a bad rap....[It's] an experience of letting somebody into your body that you want to be that close and intimate with...[and] to put you into an exploratory mode."
I'm not a prude by any stretch of the imagination, but could someone tell me how this is an appropriate topic to be discussing with teens at an educational conference? I'd make a safe bet that my 21-year-old doesn't even know what that is. Or maybe I'm just in denial.
On the topic of religion, Mr. Jennings wrote in his memoir:
"What had [God] done for me, other than make me feel shame and guilt? Squat. Screw you, buddy -- I don't need you around anymore, I decided.
"The Baptist Church had left me only a legacy of self-hatred, shame, and disappointment, and I wanted no more of it or its Father. The long erosion of my faith was now complete, and I, for many years, reacted violently to anyone who professed any kind of religion. Decades passed before I opened a Bible again."
He since claims that he is now involved with the Union Theological Seminary, which describes itself as "progressive and evangelical." Jennings also claims that he considers himself a religious person. Of course he does now that he can't be seen as anti-religion.
In 1994, Jennings wrote a book titled "One Teacher in 10" in which he tells the story of a sophomore named Brewster who had told Jennings of being involved with older men.
"Out spilled a story about his involvement with an older man he had met in Boston. I listened, sympathized, and offered advice. He 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."
Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't teachers required to report the sexual abuse and exploitation of minors? Even if there's no legal issue compelling teachers to do so, they should at least be ethical enough report such incidents.
So there it is. The new "Safe Schools Czar" is a man who, at least in some respects, advocates pushing homosexuality in the schools and has little regard for religion. On top of that, he failed in his duty to report possible sexual abuse of a minor.
Don't you feel even better about sending your kids to school now?