crossposted on Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters
With all of this “get Obama's czars” mania going around courtesy of Glenn Beck and company, it may be a matter of time before the lgbt community has to deal with an attack on the reputations on the President's gay and lesbian appointees.
The move from “save our country from socialism” to “save our children from perverts” isn't such an impossibility when one takes into account the ignorance and gullibility of some folks
If this starts to happen, first on that list will be Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary for the office of Safe & Drug Free Schools in the U.S. Department of Education.
Even though they have been steadily pushing tea parties and town hall disruptions, members of the right (especially the religious right) have been covertly pushing the inaccurate information they compiled on Jennings, including:
he hates Christians,
his group, GLSEN, is teaching children nasty sexual behavior,
he covered up the sexual abuse of an underaged child.
None of this stuff is true and it has been refuted. Unfortunately, as we have seen consistently, refutations mean nothing when you have pundits, conservative activists, and bloggers constantly repeating inaccurate information without mention of the truth.
The newest “controversy” is that Jennings gave a speech in 1995 explaining how to introduce lgbt supportive groups in schools:
In 1995, he gave a speech in which he described how he has used the concept of “safety” in schools to promote homosexual advocacy in public schools in Massachusetts. He gave a speech called “Winning the Culture War” at the Human Rights Campaign Fund Leadership Conference on March 5 of that year.
Excerpts have been posted on the website of MassResistance, where chief Brian Camenker has worked to oppose the demands of homosexual activists.
In the speech, Jennings described how he was concerned about being described as promoting homosexuality, so he chose to campaign on the idea of “safety” instead.
“If the radical right can succeed in portraying us as preying on children, we will lose. Their language – 'promoting homosexuality' is one example – is laced with subtle and not-so-subtle innuendo that we are 'after their kids,'” he told the conference. . . “
Actually there is nothing wrong with the speech. In fact, it's a very good speech which should be remembered.
But in the hands of such right wing luminaries as World Net Daily and Mass Resistance (the organization officially declared a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center), even the words of a girl scout selling cookies can be twisted to mean a world take over.
How long will it be before you see Glenn Beck standing in front of a huge photo of Jennings and pontificating about the corruption of children's innocence?
It's definitely something to consider.