Safe Schools Czar: Child Protector or Homosexuality Purveyor?

By Doug Carlson
Oct 21, 2009

For a frightening list of reasons, Kevin Jennings has become a household—and schoolhouse—name. As the Obama administration’s new “safe schools” czar, entrusted to protect America’s children in the halls of learning, Jennings brings with him no shortage of experience educating our youth.

But Jennings’ very type of education, characterized by promoting homosexuality and overlooking child sexual abuse, has rightfully sparked an uproar nationwide, as well as from 53 members of Congress who sent a letter to President Obama last week calling for his resignation.

Jennings’ distressing résumé spans more than two decades. In 1990, he became a visible face for homosexual activism by founding the movement’s leading education organization, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). GLSEN’s agenda is not subtle. It “actively works” to uproot “forms of oppression” listed as “heterosexism, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia,” which “undermine a safe and healthy climate in K-12 schools.”

GLSEN’s idea of “safe schools” includes indoctrinating children as early as kindergarten through recommended books that teach homosexuality as normal behavior. For his part, Jennings wrote the foreword for a book titled Queering Elementary Education. Guided by Jennings until last year, GLSEN also serves as a leading sponsor of the Day of Silence, an annual event calling students to silence in their schools to promote gay and lesbian causes.

More sordid details continue to surface in the Jennings saga. As a high school teacher, Jennings was approached by a 15- or 16-year-old boy who claimed to have had sex with an older man he met in a bus station bathroom. The “safe school” czar’s response, as he recounts in his book One Teacher in Ten: “I hope you knew to use a condom.” Making matters worse, Jennings kept the incident quiet from the boy’s parents and broke the law by failing to report the child sex abuse to the police. Would any responsible parent consent to such a response?

Jennings also has shown little respect for Christians. In a 2000 speech before homosexual activists, he said, “We have to quit being afraid of the religious right. … I don’t care what they think! Drop dead!” For a man who regularly advocates “tolerance,” he seems intolerant of anyone who disagrees with a remaking of our schools to endorse homosexuality.

Additionally, the “safe schools” czar still has not expressed remorse for his history of alcohol abuse and illegal drug use, indicating to some that Jennings believes these actions are simply acceptable youthful behavior.

This hardly seems like a man qualified to direct the Education Department’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, whose mission includes “ensuring the health and well being of students and promoting development of good character and citizenship.”

Our children deserve an overseer distinguished by character, whose educational philosophy reflects that of the majority of parents. They need someone devoid of a history of purveying young people with a homosexual agenda, someone who instead points them toward healthy relationships. By any objective reckoning, Jennings is not that man.

If you agree, contact Education Secretary Arne Duncan at 1-800-872-5327 and tell him to remove Kevin Jennings immediately from his position in the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools.

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