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Thursday, December 03, 2009

How Safe Is the School Safety Czar?

One of the 34 czars appointed by President Obama is the School Safety Czar, a man named Kevin Jennings. He turns out to be another Obama appointee who has a background that many people find unacceptable. 53 Members of Congress have called on Obama to fire him as head of the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools. The objection to Kevin Jennings, according to the letter signed by the Congressmen, is that Jennings played an "integral role in promoting homosexuality and pushing a pro-homosexual agenda in America's schools." In 1990, Jennings founded the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (known as GLSEN). GLSEN now claims more than 4,000 student chapters all over the United States.


Kevin Jennings wrote a foreword for a book called Queering Elementary Education, wherein he asserted that "We must address antigay bigotry ... as soon as students start going to school." Jennings calls for a "diversity policy that mandates including LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] themes in the curriculum."

In the letter to President Obama, the 53 Congressmen also cite Jennings's "self-described history of ignoring the sexual abuse of a child." Another criticism leveled at Mr. Jennings in the letter to President Obama is that Jennings's own memoir describes his "use of illegal drugs without expressing regret or acknowledging the devastating effect illegal drug use can have."

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan praised Jennings's record and stated that Jennings is "uniquely qualified for his job, and I am honored to have him on our team." It should be noted that, just before Obama appointed Arne Duncan as Secretary of Education, Duncan tried to start a gay high school in Chicago. These are the kinds of people who will have nearly a billion dollars to spend on education out of the Stimulus legislation.

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