The Family Research Council has decided to take on one of Obama's appointments, and they're going after openly gay nominee to head the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, Kevin Jennings. Jennings also happens to be the former head of GLSEN, a queer org known for promoting Gay-Straight Alliances in schools.
To me, it makes little sense to roll drugs and violence together into one office (and exclude other non-curricular school issues), implying that they're always linked. But there we have it, and considering how much violence is directed towards queer students in schools, it makes sense to put someone in charge who understands it and who has worked for a long time on the issue.
But the FRC, which opposes any federal effort to stop anti-gay bullying, took out an ad in the Washington Examiner (right, click to enlarge) asking for the nomination to be withdrawn. While they picked a few choice quotations from Jennings's memoirs about his drug use as a youth and a one that implies that he's an *gasp* atheist, the real issue is the fact that he's a gay man who's been nominated for a high-ranking position in the Department of Education.
And that's what this is always about, really: the children. Every time these folks hear about gays and kids, they go crazy because they just can't stand the idea that kids might not learn that gay relationships are inferior or to be ashamed of their own sexualities. And since this group thinks that the "real agenda" behind any program that attempts to reduce anti-gay bullying is to get "schools in America to affirm the gay lifestyle," it's not surprising that they'd take extra care to derail this nomination.