AFTAH in the News: FoxNews Covers GLSEN’s Lewd Books in GLSEN-gate Follow-up on Kevin Jennings

Media Matters blasts AFTAH; LaBarbera: “Jennings seems to have forgotten he was working with kids”

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The Buck Stops with Jennings: Obama's "Safe Schools" appointee, Kevin Jennings (above), who founded the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN), was responsible for his organization's perverted "Recommended Reading" list and the group's horrifying "Fistgate" ("Queer Sex") workshop in 2000 that exposed minors to verbal how-to lessons on the vile sadomasochistic act of "fisting."

Folks, below are excerpts of the second major piece by FoxNews.com on President Obama’s “Safe Schools” chief Kevin Jennings (the founder of the radical Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network, or GLSEN). The fact that Fox reporter Maxim Lott had to go to homosexual activist Alvin McEwen of “Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters” blog — definitely a B-teamer among homosexual activists — is perhaps an indication of Jennings’ declining position. (McEwen is obsessed with bashing AFTAH — he smears us as the equivalent of racists — and he even denies the obvious connection between homosexual behavior and HIV, even as other homosexual militants admit, “HIV is a gay disease.”)

We understand that the pro-Obama think thank, Center for American Progress, declined to issue a statement in defense of Jennings — after doing so in Lott’s initial Fox story September 23, 2009. This is not a good sign for the “gay” activist appointee who talks about “Respect for All” but once used the F-bomb — in a church — to describe his contempt for the “religious right.”

Nevertheless, the Obama sycophants and “media fact-checkers” over at Media Matters are still vigorously defending Jennings; they criticize AFTAH HERE as a biased source on GLSEN-gate because we, as they put it, “hate homosexuality.” Note how MM strives to associate religious and moral critics of immoral same-sex behavior with “hate.” Yes, I hate (unnatural, unhealthy, sinful and changeable) homosexual behavior just as I hate racism, but I do not “hate” people struggling with homosexuality any more than I “hate” people caught up in racism.

Being labeled as ‘biased’ by the left-wing zealots at Media Matters — founded by homosexual activist writer and conservative turncoat David Brock —  is sort of like being called an ‘incredibly selfish cad’ by Tiger Woods, but quantifying MM’s tendentiousness is no small endeavor. Their technicality-laden defenses of Jennings  — e.g., That male sophomore student whom Jennings counseled to accept his gayness was 16 and not 15 when he was seduced by an adult homosexual man in a public restroom!! … or … No, no, no, Kevin Jennings was not aware beforehand that his group’s “What They Didn’t Tell You About Queer Sex & Sexuality In Health Class youth workshop would give verbal lessons to underage kids on how to engage in hand-anal “fisting”!! — are laughable and only point to the desperation of the Left in defending the indefensible.

The issue, of course, is GLSEN’s and Jennings’ — indeed, the larger GLBT movement’s — recklessness in promoting homosexuality and its related promiscuity to young people. Yes, we want Jennings to be fired, but if he stays on due to the Obama administration’s incompetence (after all, they apparently never vetted the guy), it only will extend the greatest opportunity we have ever had to educate Americans about GLSEN’s nefarious agenda. — Peter LaBarbera, www.aftah.org

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Excerpted from a FoxNews.com:

Obama’s Safe Schools Czar Tied to Lewd Readings for 7th Graders

By Maxim Lott, FOXNews.com, Dec. 14, 2009

Obama adviser Kevin Jennings is under fresh attack after it was revealed that the pro-gay group he formerly headed recommends books his critics say are pornographic.

President Obama’s “Safe Schools Czar,” already a target of social conservatives for his past drug abuse and what they say is his promotion of homosexuality in schools, is under fresh attack after it was revealed that the pro-gay group he formerly headed recommends books his critics say are pornographic.

The group under fire is the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), which Kevin Jennings, now the assistant deputy secretary for safe and drug-free schools in the Department of Education, founded and ran from 1990 to 2008.

GLSEN says it works to create a welcoming atmosphere for homosexual students in schools, and that effort includes recommending books for students of all ages.

But critics say many of the books, particularly some that are targeted for children between Grades 7 to 12, are inappropriately explicit. A full list is available at the blog Gateway Pundit, which has published dozens of controversial passages from the books.

One recommended book is titled “Queer 13: Lesbian and Gay Writers Recall Seventh Grade.” On pages 43 through 45, writer Justin Chin tells of how as a 13-year-old, he went along with “near-rapes” by older men, but “really did enjoy those sexual encounters.” Chin also recounts each sexual action he performed with an “ugly f*** of a man” he met on a bus.

In another book, “Passages of Pride,” the author writes about a 15-year-old boy’s relationship with a much older man.

“Near the end of summer, just before starting his sophomore year in high school, Dan picked up a weekly Twin Cities newspaper. Scanning the classifieds, he came upon an ad for a “Man-2-Man” massage. Home alone one day, he called the telephone number listed in the ad and set up an appointment to meet a man named Tom…. Even though Tom was older, almost twice Dan’s age, Dan felt unthreatened by him. Dan admits Tom was a ‘troll’ in every sense of the word — an older closeted gay man seeking sex with a man much younger. But Dan says he was not intimidated by the discrepancy in their ages. ‘He kind of had me in a corner in that he knew I didn’t have access to anything I wanted.’ says Dan. ‘But everything was consensual.'”

On Page 13 of a third book, “Reflections of a Rock Lobster,” the author recounts his sexual encounters in first grade.

“By first grade I was sexually active with many friends. In fact, a small group of us regularly met in the grammar school lavatory to perform fellatio on one another. A typical week’s schedule would be Aaron and Michael on Monday during lunch; Michael and Johnny on Tuesday after school; Fred and Timmy at noon Wednesday; Aaron and Timmy after school on Thursday. None of us ever got caught, but we never worried about it anyway.”

“Reflections of a Rock Lobster” was recommended in 1995, the year Jennings became GLSEN’s first executive director; “Passages of Pride” made the list in 1997 and “Queer 13” in 1999. Those are just three out of over 100 books that GLSEN has recommended for students in grades 7-12 since 1990, and all three remain on GLSEN’s recommended reading list.

Peter Sprigg, a senior fellow at the Family Research Council, says the content of the books is shocking, and it raises concerns about Jennings’ judgment.

“The graphic sexual content of these books is so extreme that I think any average parent or citizen, regardless of how they feel about homosexuality, would be shocked at these books being recommended to young people,” Sprigg said.

GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard defended her group’s recommendations, telling FoxNews.com in a written statement:

“Some of the books that might be used with young adult audiences contain mature content, as is true of many memoirs and works of literature. Because of the presence of mature content in some of the works, GLSEN provides very clear guidelines throughout, recommending that adults review each book to make sure the book is suitable.”

Those guidelines, listed on each book recommendation page, read: “All BookLink items are reviewed by GLSEN staff for quality and appropriateness of content. However, some titles for adolescent readers contain mature themes. We recommend that adults selecting books for youth review content for suitability.”

But critics say the guidelines themselves are damning, because they confirm that GLSEN staff have checked the books for appropriateness. And Jennings, they point out, was in charge at the time.

“It’s like Jennings just doesn’t realize he’s working with kids here…. You need a totally different set of rules when you’re working with kids,” said Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality.

LaBarbera said the books should be seen in light of other recent controversies surrounding Jennings.

In September it came out that, when he was a teacher in Massachusetts, Jennings did not report an incident in which a 16-year-old boy told him that he was having sexual relations with an older man he met in a bus station bathroom. After that, 53 Republican members of the House publicly called for Jennings to be dismissed.

But Alvin McEwen, who runs a blog called “Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters” and has commented extensively on the Jennings case, said GLSEN’s book recommendations should be seen in a different light.

“GLSEN is saying that parents should decide. They are saying these books may be a good idea to read, but ultimately it is up to parents,” he told FoxNews.com. … [Continue reading at FoxNews.com]

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Original FoxNews.com article on Jennings: “Critics Assail Obama’s ‘Safe Schools’ Czar, Say He’s Wrong Man for the Job”

This article was posted on Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 at 11:38 am and is filed under News. You can follow any updates to this article through the RSS 2.0 feed.

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