Kevin Jennings, a leading gay activist and President Obama’s “Safe Schools” Czar, dodged a question on whether the federal government should promote homosexuality as moral in public schools earlier this week. Instead, the embattled czar, who was the founder of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), emphasized the limit of the government’s authority on school curriculum.
When CNSNews.com asked Jennings, following a speech to teachers at the National Press Club Monday, about “issues raised by congressional Republicans” about his background, he replied, “I’m not going to talk about that. Thank you. … You can ask what you want, but I’m probably not going to answer it.”
In October, 53 House Republicans issued a letter to President Obama calling for Jennings’ ouster because, they said, he “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.”
Jennings deflected when CNSNews.com asked if he thought the federal government should promote homosexual behavior as moral in public schools.
“The federal government is not allowed to dictate any curriculum of any kind about any subject, whether it’s history, math, science, health, education, so forth and so on,” Jennings said, “because Congress has laid out very clear rules that they want curriculum decisions made at the state and local level. So the fact that the material is the federal government doesn’t do that in any area.”
President Obama’s selection of Jennings has been the subject of intense criticism from pro-family circles over Jennings’ radical pro-homosexuality views and background.
While discussing the push to promote homosexuality in schools at a 1997 GLSEN conference, Jennings said that he “can envision a day when straight people say, ‘So what if you’re promoting homosexuality,’ or straight kids [will] say [to a male homosexual friend], ‘Hey, why don’t you and your boyfriend come over before you go to prom and try your tuxes on at my house?’”
“I’d like five years from now for most Americans when they hear the word ‘GLSEN’ to think ‘Ooh, that’s good for kids,’” he said.