Iowa’s Rep. Steve King, who fears gay marriage will lead to socialism, is revving up his anti-gay troops in Congress and got 52 of his colleagues to join his letter to Obama calling for the ouster of safe schools czar Kevin Jennings. As if Obama reads his mail.
But King & Co. are taking the wrong approach. They’re focusing in on Jennings’ supposed pro-homo agenda, and not the 16-year-old school boy scandal that could bankrupt his reputation.
In the letter, the representatives write, “As the founder of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, Mr. Jennings 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. … We respectfully request that you remove Kevin Jennings, the Assistant Deputy Secretary for the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, from your administration. It is clear that Mr. Jennings lacks the appropriate qualifications and ethical standards to serve in this capacity.”
Going after Jennings’ record of fostering tolerance? That’s why Obama hired him! And that’s where the White House can once again turn as a reason to defend Jennings and keep him in place. It should be easy for Jennings’ Democratic supporters to flip the notion that Jennings is “promoting homosexuality and pushing a pro-homosexual agenda” into the real situation: Jennings is promoting tolerance and acceptance among America’s school children.
We say “should” because King & Co. have some high profile supporters, including Sean Hannity, who spends an hour every day lambasting the president and has no motivation to end the assault on Jennings.
But King’s letter, and those who signed on, is an embarrassing stain on public office.