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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Can You Believe -- The Safe Schools Czar

President Obama's Safe Schools Czar, Kevin Jennings, is under fire because the organization he founded and headed until 2008 recommends sexually explicit books for 7th to 12th graders. More than 50 Members of the House of Representatives have called for his removal as head of the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools. The Congressmen question Jennings suitability for this post because of his prior drug use and because of what Rep. Steve King calls Jennings' "integral role in promoting a pro-homosexual agenda in America's schools.

Kevin Jennings founded the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (known as GLSEN) in 1990. This group works to create a climate of positive acceptance of gay, bisexual and transgender youth in schools, and seeks to accomplish its mission by encouraging the formation of Gay Student Alliances, influencing public policy, organizing pro-gay school events, and providing education resources for sympathetic teachers and students. Critics say that many of the books recommended are inappropriately explicit, and that many have less to do with promoting tolerance than with a straight-out attempt to indoctrinate students into a sexualized worldview. Other critics report that book after book contains stories and anecdotes that feature explicit descriptions of sex acts that I cannot describe on radio, and even stories that seem to promote and recommend child-adult sexual relationships. These critics posted some of the objectionable pages on the internet in order to avoid anyone saying that they exaggerated or took passages out of context.

Jennings is no longer GLSEN's Executive Director, but the objectionable books were put on the resource list while Jennings was the head of the organization. And yes, Jennings is President Obama's Safe Schools Czar.

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