By Emily Geiger
I’d like to be able to write about something other than the Obama administration’s indoctrination efforts and heavy handed tactics, but it keeps happening.
I found a fascinating article about Obama’s new “Safe Schools Czar,” Kevin Jennings. Here are some highlights from his resume.
-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.
-In his autobiography, “Mama’s Boy, Preacher’s Son: A Memoir” Jennings, in reference to his high school years in Hawaii in the early 1980s, wrote: “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.”
This is the guy who is supposed to be in charge of America’s Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools.
-The group Jennings founded has also been accused of promoting homosexuality in schools. At a GLSEN conference in 2000, co-sponsored with the Massachusetts Department of Education, the group landed in hot water when it was revealed that it had included an educational seminar for kids that graphically described some unorthodox sex techniques.
A state official who spoke to teens at the conference said:
“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.”
-The religious right is also alarmed by Jennings’ personal views about religion. In his memoir, he wrote of his views while he was in high school: “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.
-Another controversy from Jennings’ past concerns an account in his 1994 book, “One Teacher In 10,” about how, as a teacher, he knew a high school sophomore named Brewster who was “involved” with an “older man”: “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.”
The account led Diane Lenning, head of the National Education Association’s Republican Educators Caucus, to criticize Jennings in 2004 for not alerting school and state authorities about the boy’s situation, calling Jennings’ failure to do so an “unethical practice.”
Jennings disputed that he’d done anything wrong in this situation – denied that he knew any sexual activity had occurred.
But then he said this while giving a presentation in Iowa:
“I said, ‘What were you doing in Boston on a school night, Brewster?’ He got very quiet, and he finally looked at me and said, ‘Well I met someone in the bus station bathroom and I went home with him.’ High school sophomore, 15 years old’ I looked at Brewster and said, ‘You know, I hope you knew to use a condom.'”
But, you know, I’m sure all of you liberal commenters are right. There is no effort at all to promote sexual perversion and slander religion in our schools. We have nothing at all to worry about. So long as you don’t mind your kids learning how to “fist.”
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