The Washington Times reports that Jennings has had serious difficulties in upholding state laws governing reporting of abuse when he was a teacher. The Washington Times reports as follows.
According to Mr. Jennings' own description in a new audiotape discovered by Fox News, the 15-year-old boy met the "older man" in a "bus station bathroom" and was taken to the older man's home that night. When some details about the case became public, Mr. Jennings threatened to sue another teacher who called his failure to report the statutory rape "unethical." Mr. Jennings' defenders asserted that there was no evidence that he was aware the student had sex with the older man.
However, the new audiotape (click here to download or listen to the audio) contradicts this claim. In 2000, Mr. Jennings gave a talk to the Iowa chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, an advocacy group that promotes homosexuality in schools. On the tape, Mr. Jennings recollected that he told the student to make sure "to use a condom" when he was with the older man. That he actively encouraged the relationship is reinforced by Mr. Jennings' own description in his 1994 book, "One Teacher in 10." In that account, the teacher boasts how he allayed the student's concerns about the relationship to such a degree that the 15-year-old "left my office with a smile on his face that I would see every time I saw him on the campus for the next two years, until he graduated."
By writing about the incident with the gay student and boasting about it, Kevin Jennings distinguished his actions from a mere lapse in judgement. He held up his conduct as praiseworthy and advocated its emulation, stating that the boy " left my office with a smile on his face that I would see every time I saw him on the campus for the next two years, until he graduated."
Fox News reports of Jenning's memoirs in which he reports about his past drug use in a manner that almost sounded like he was boasting In his book "Mama's Boy, Preacher's son: A memoir, he states as follows on page 103.
"I got stoned more often and went out to the beach at Bellows, overlooking Honolulu Harbor and the lights of the city, to drink with my buddies on Friday and Saturday nights, spending hours watching the planes take off and land at the airport, which is actually quite fascinating when you are drunk and stoned."
For someone who is supposed to promote abstinence from drugs, his opposition sounds rather tepid.
Kevin Jennings does not have any great love for religion either. Consider the following quotes from his memoirs.
"What had [God] done for me, other than make me feel shame and guilt? Squat. Screw you, buddy -- I don't need you around anymore, I decided.
"The Baptist Church had left me only a legacy of self-hatred, shame, and disappointment, and I wanted no more of it or its Father. The long erosion of my faith was now complete, and I, for many years, reacted violently to anyone who professed any kind of religion. Decades passed before I opened a Bible again."
In many communities, houses of worship offer youth outreach programs. How eager will Kevin Jennings be to work with such organisations?
According to Fox News, Kevin Jennings was involved in a conference sponsored by Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) which promoted to high school students in graphic detail sex acts that I am loathe to describe in this article.
Human Events quotes a forward that Kevin Jennings wrote to a book titled "Queering Elementary Education" which includes an essay stating “‘queerly raised’ children are agents” using “strategies of adaptation, negotiation, resistance, and subversion."
Additionally, Human Events quotes his book "Always My Child as calling for “diversity policy that mandates including LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] themes in the curriculum.”
What about gay students who leave that lifestyle? Kevin Jennings has the following to say.
“Ex-gay messages have no place in our nation’s public schools. A line has been drawn. There is no ‘other side’ when you’re talking about lesbian, gay and bisexual students.”
Mr. Jennings has made the promotion and normalisation of homosexuality into a pet cause and a central focus of his published work. But do we really want a man of Kevin Jennings' opinions setting the tone of US government policy in the public schools? Does his thinking represent that of President Obama? Or did Kevin Jennings slip by the White House radar? Neither possibility is terribly reassuring
Whether they are homosexual or straight all decent Americans want schools to be safe havens of learning. But promoting homosexuality must not be bundled with basic issues of health and safety in the schools. President Obama has some explaining to do. And Kevin Jennings does not belong in such a sensitive position, when it is clear that he is promoting such a controversial agenda.
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