Michelle Malkin is highlighting this terrifying report from Gateway Pundit about Kevin Jennings, the “Safe Schools Czar” appointed by Obama. If this doesn’t force Jennings to step down, I truly tremble in fear for my country.
Briefly, an organization named the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), which was founded by Kevin Jennings, maintains a reading list for school kids. Jennings’ creation of GLSEN seems to be the reason that Jennings was appointed by Obama. According to Jennings’s bio on the U.S. Department of Education’s site, GLSEN is the one aspect of his career that distinguishes that career. GLSEN’s goal is to “make schools safe for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.”
But the fact is that Jennings is an avowed homosexual activist who is looking to promote an acceptance of homosexuality among children as young as kindergarten age.
The reading list (there are three actually, K-6, 7-12, and a list for teachers) is appalling. For K-6 (that’s kids aged 5-11), the reading list includes books like: And Tango Makes Three:
This tale based on a true story about a charming penguin family living in New York City’s Central Park Zoo will capture the hearts of penguin lovers everywhere. Roy and Silo, two male penguins, are “a little bit different.” They cuddle and share a nest like the other penguin couples, and when all the others start hatching eggs, they want to be parents, too.
Then there’s How My Family Came To Be: Daddy, Papa, and Me:
A boy recounts the story of how his family came to be in a cheerfully illustrated book for young children.
The Different Dragon:
In this bedtime story, one of young Noah’s mothers (emphasis mine) takes him through an adventure through a bedtime story about a dragon that dares to be different. Follow this story as Noah learns a lesson about character and expectations.
The Harvey Milk Story:
This biography of the first openly gay elected city official in the U.S. introduces young readers to one of the greatest figures in modern LGBT history.
Marvin Redpost: Is He A Girl?
When Casey Happleton tells Marvin that if you kiss your elbow you’ll turn into a girl, Marvin doesn’t believe a word of it. Then Marvin kisses his elbow by accident and starts to feel very strange. He wants pigtails and starts dotting his i’s with little hearts. Could Casey be right? Or is it all in Marvin’s head? You decide!
There’s plenty more, here, but Gateway Pundit is rightfully emphasizing the grades 7-12 list.From Gateway Pundit:
We were unprepared for what we encountered. Book after book after book contained stories and anecdotes that weren’t merely X-rated and pornographic, but which featured explicit descriptions of sex acts between pre-schoolers; stories that seemed to promote and recommend child-adult sexual relationships; stories of public masturbation, anal sex in restrooms, affairs between students and teachers, five-year-olds playing sex games, semen flying through the air. One memoir even praised becoming a prostitute as a way to increase one’s self-esteem. Above all, the books seemed to have less to do with promoting tolerance than with an unabashed attempt to indoctrinate students into a hyper-sexualized worldview.
There are plenty of excerpts available here, but here’s a sample from the book Queer 13, a series of nostalgic reminiscences about seventh grade:
Soon I was spending a great deal of time hanging out in shopping malls and cruising the rest rooms for sexual encounters. My rest-room exploits started to be a great burden on my mind. The better part of the year was spent making deals with God, asking for a sign, then ignoring and rationalizing everything I perceived to be a sign, praying for forgiveness, and being obsessed with raging hormones and a seemingly endless supply of dicks. I believed that it was all part of a test by God to see if I was a sinner. I was.
I had known before that something was up, and that I was attracted to men, but this toilet thing was a whole new realm of sin and Satan, a new level that I had never before imagined. The following years were spent praying for forgiveness and trying to purge my homosexuality through prayer and Bible study. While my classmates wondered what sex was like, content to masturbate over pinups, I was out there having my cock sucked and my ass fucked. These were grown men I was tricking with. Some were nice, grateful for a young boy to have their way with. Some were harsh and mean. There were a few nasty encounters, brutal and painful experiences, near-rapes, but through it all, I never thought that I had the ability to say no.
I was scared about what I was doing, scared of God’s judgment and of being caught in all those rest rooms and parks, but I really did enjoy those sexual encounters. That feeling of doing it to them and them doing the same for me was just too damn good.
Charming, isn’t it?
I’m not interested in censoring books. I don’t care if these authors want to write explicitly pornographic books about their sexual histories, whether homosexual, heterosexual, or what they’ve been up to all by themselves. I don’t even care if consenting adults want to read them. Maybe there’s even some literary merit to some of them, as you could make the case for a novel like Fanny Hill. I strongly doubt it, but I’ll concede the point.
What is truly appalling is two-fold: 1) GLSEN is recommending these books to children between the ages of 5-17; 2) the founder and former Executive Director of GLSEN, Kevin Jennings, is now a very highly-placed official at the Department of Education, and from all appearances it was his tenure at GLSEN that got him the job. And although Jennings stepped down from his job at GLSEN a year ago, this reading list was mostly created when he was the Executive Director.
So there it is. A “Safe Schools Czar” who believes that children should be reading books filled with explicit representations of homosexual sex and masturbation. The question that needs to be put to Barack Obama is simply this: Do you agree with Kevin Jennings and, if not, why does he still work for you in this capacity?
UPDATE: Hot Air has joined the chorus. With a Monty Python video!