Obama safe school czar reprises NAMBLA: A green light for child molesting?
Why is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi so quiet about Kevin Jennings?
Jennings is in the news because he is the Obama administration’s Safe Schools czar, in bureaucratese the assistant deputy secretary of the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools inside the Department of Education. And because he has now admitted that when, as a teacher, he was sought out by a 15-year-old boy asking for advice about an affair with an older adult male, Jennings suggested wearing a condom. In an audio tape of a Jennings talk obtained by Fox News, Jennings says the boy told him he had met the man in a “bus station bathroom” and was later taken to the man’s home. Jennings did not report the incident to police. His defenders say this is because Jennings, although told upfront by the boy, had no evidence a child predator was committing statutory rape.
Now caught in the public spotlight, Jennings, the author of a book called Queering Elementary Education and the founder of Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), says he “should have handled the situation differently.”
Let’s widen the lens a bit here.
What does this have to do with Nancy Pelosi? Why is she so notably silent on Mr. Jennings?
One of the reasons the GOP lost control of the House in the 2006 elections was the scandal surrounding then-Florida Republican Congressman Mark Foley. Foley, it needs to be recalled, was revealed to be targeting young male House pages for sex — his texting messages to underage boys making him instantly infamous. In the ensuing uproar, Foley — correctly — resigned.
Leading the charge on this issue was none other than Nancy Pelosi — the Congresswoman from San Francisco. Said Pelosi on the issue which would make her Speaker of the House:
Republican leaders admitted to knowing about Mr. Foley’s abhorrent behavior for six months to a year and failed to protect the children in their trust. Republican Leaders must be investigated by the Ethics Committee and immediately questioned under oath.
Catch Speaker Pelosi’s phrase: “…protect the children in their trust.”
For failing to protect those children, Pelosi wanted a Congressional investigation, with members of Congress to be “immediately questioned under oath.”
But there was something curious going on with Pelosi, something that was revealed here in this space. To his considerable credit, Fox’s Sean Hannity picked up on the story instantly, consistent in his horror at the attitude toward sexual predators then and now.
It seems that back in 2001, Pelosi was a happy participant in the San Francisco Gay Pride parade. As noted here, with a large gay community in her hometown there was nothing unusual about this. What was unusual was that the Grand Marshal of the parade was one Harry Hay, the (now-deceased) advocate of “man-boy love.” At his death, he was remembered fondly by the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) for saying things like this at a forum at New York University in 1983:
Because if the parents and friends of gays are truly friends of gays, they would know from their gay kids that the relationship with an older man is precisely what thirteen-, fourteen-, and fifteen-year-old kids need more than anything else in the world.
In other words, Hay was advocating precisely the mindset that Kevin Jennings appears to have exhibited when he, Jennings, advised a 15-year-old boy the way to deal with a child molester was wear a condom.
Pelosi, marching along in the wake of NAMBLA’s hero Mr. Hay, saw not a problem in the world of associating herself with someone who was an activist supporting precisely what she was, in one of Washington’s more cynical double-standards, demanding be investigated. What would have happened if the Grand Marshal were, say, a Nazi? A member of the Ku Klux Klan? Would Nancy Pelosi have so nonchalantly sallied forth, waving and smiling for all of San Francisco? You can guess, can’t you? Is it any wonder she is not front and center demanding a resignation from Jennings?
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?