Alex Blaze

Who's in charge: Fox News or Congressional Republicans?

Filed By Alex Blaze | October 16, 2009 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: child care, Fox News, glsn, homophobic behavior, Kevin Jennings, kids, queer youth, Republicans, sean hannity

I've posted quite a few times about Kevin Jennings, the gay man who was appointed to the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools on the back of his life's work to make schools safer for LGBT students. Homophobes, naturally, don't like that, and they want to get Obama to fire another one of his appointees, so they've accused him of being pro-statutory rape and pro-pedophilia.

Sean Hannity, in particular, has been riled up on this nonsense more than other conservative commentators. He's been demanding Obama to fire Kevin Jennings based on all sorts of false accusations, and, so far, the White House has stood by Jennings.

Well, Congressional Republicans are now calling for Obama to fire Jennings. I seriously thought this hissy fit was put to rest when the trumped up accusations were proved false, but obviously even I didn't understand the depths to which Republicans would sink to score a cheap political point and to get a faggot fired.

And that's what this is about, of course: the fact that a gay man is sharing sentences with children. Just like putting "black man" and "political power" together causes wingnut brains to explode, "gay man" and "children" is just too much for them as well.

Here's a bit from the resolution 53 Republicans have introduced:

Fifty-three House Republicans have written President Barack Obama asking him to remove "safe schools czar" Kevin Jennings from that position.

The lawmakers accused Jennings of "pushing a pro-homosexual agenda" and said that Jennings's past writings exhibit a record that makes him unfit for the position.

"We respectfully request that you remove Kevin Jennings, the Assistant Deputy Secretary for the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, from your administration," the Republicans wrote. "It is clear that Mr. Jennings lacks the appropriate qualifications and ethical standards to serve in this capacity."

This is homophobia, plain and simple. At least before their dumb accusations were disproved, these folks had cover. Now at least we're 100% clear on where they're coming from.

Jennings is particularly qualified for this position, so when they say "lacks the appropriate qualifications and ethical standards," they mean he's gay. "Pushing a pro-homosexual agenda" means that he's against queers getting beat up. That's all there is to this.

How is Log Cabin and GOProud going to respond to this? And, speaking of which, where are the non-clownish LGBT orgs on this one?

This will be huge if Jennings does get fired, something Obama showed potential for when he fired Van Jones. If he is, I imagine an outcry similar to when Rick Warren was anointed America's spiritual leader.

Update: The letter is on Rep. Steve King's (R-IA) website. You may remember him as the guy who thought same-sex marriage is a socialist plot.

Dear Mr. President,

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.

As the founder of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), Mr. Jennings has played an integral role in promoting homosexuality and pushing a pro-homosexual agenda in America's schools-an agenda that runs counter to the values that many parents desire to instill in their children. As evidence of this, Mr. Jennings wrote the foreword for a book titled Queering Elementary Education: Advancing the Dialogue About Sexualities and Schooling. Throughout his career, Mr. Jennings has made it his mission to establish special protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered students to the exclusion of all other students. The totality of Mr. Jennings' career has been to advocate for public affirmation of homosexuality. There is more to safe and drug free schools than can be accomplished from the narrow view of Mr. Jennings who has, for more than 20 years, almost exclusively focused on promoting the homosexual agenda.

Equally troubling is Mr. Jennings' self-described history of ignoring the sexual abuse of a child. In his book, One Teacher in Ten, Mr. Jennings recounts a 15-year old student confiding in him that he had a sexual relationship with a much older man. Mr. Jennings' only response was to ask if the underage boy used a condom. As a mandatory reporter, Mr. Jennings was required by law to report child abuse, including sex crimes. Mr. Jennings cannot serve as the "safe schools" czar when his record demonstrates a willingness to overlook the sexual abuse of a child.

As the "safe schools" czar, Mr. Jennings is also charged with ensuring our schools and students are drug free. It is clear that Mr. Jennings is unfit to serve in this capacity, as well. His own history of unrepentant drug and alcohol abuse indicates that he is of the opinion that getting drunk and high as a young person is acceptable. In his memoir, Mama's Boy, Preacher's Son, Mr. Jennings describes his use of illegal drugs, without expressing regret or acknowledging the devastating effects illegal drug use can have on a person's life.

Everyone that deals with the education of the most vulnerable must be a positive role model. Our children are not blessed with the wisdom to discern and reject. Children presume the adults who educate them are approved by the larger society and their parents. Kevin Jennings cannot gain the approval of parents who want their children safe and their schools drug free. You should replace him with someone who has a record of educating children in a safe and moral environment.

Given these very serious issues with Mr. Jennings' record, we urge you to remove him immediately.

The entirety of his argument about the book Queering Elementary Education is the title. Steve King is perfectly comfortable judging a book by its cover, most likely because it's really big and full of words.

And then he repeats the lie about that teen in Massachusetts from the 80's, which I've already written about.

He also says that he's used drugs, which we know at least the current president and two previous ones did. I don't really see the "devastating" effects. It shows a particularly sane mentality on drug use, instead of the mentality Steve King is promoting, in which school officials strip-search anyone they think might have a drug on them because ZOMG!!1!! TEH DRUGZ!!!1!!11!1!!

And, well, that's it. That's really their entire objection, all of which has been discussed on Sean Hannity's show on Fox News. It's funny how that happened.


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I guess the answer is: Fox News.

Wilson46201 | October 16, 2009 9:37 AM

Mike Pence was the sole Indiana congresscritter to sign this abomination.

I wonder if Barrack was making a subtle reference to this in his speech when he said he would not waiver in his support of his staff if they come under fire for being gay. Now the real question is will be actually see Barrack follow through on his words this time or will he continue with big words and little doing?

We have all known for years that Fox news runs the Republican party.

Isn't Fox News in charge of the Republican Party? Or was that Rush Limbaugh?