The AFA + NOM Are Going After Kevin Jennings. How Big a Problem Is That?


The American Family Association and the National Organization for Marriage are — after white supremacist groups, NAMBLA, and PETA — two of the most irritating and divisive groups infesting America today. They also just named Obama’s safe school czar Kevin Jennings Enemy No. 1.

To be fair, both AFA and NOM have a lot of priority targets, often well-known homosexuals and the politicians who dare support them. But because they know how to issue press releases, they often get attention, or at least a cursory statement in a CNN report about fag this and homo that.

So how much damage will these organizations cause by going after Jennings?

AFA president Tim Wildmon just demanded (via press release!) the resignation of Jennings, who’s caught up in a somewhat make believe tale of teenage sex. (The facts about Jennings counseling a 16-year-old student are known; the made up stories of Jennings’ gay agenda are less certain.)

NOM is going after Jennings in a more stealthy way: NOM’s board chairman Robert George is playing spokesman for the American Principles Project’s new single-page site, which is running th web spot at right. Is George acting on his own? Perhaps, but NOM would love to see Jennings gone, too.

Wildmon says Jennings “is not a good role model for the nation’s children, nor will he fairly represent all Americans due to his spiteful attitude toward evangelical Christians.” The website of NOM’s George says Jennings “aggressively advocates using our schools to teach children—including young children—about homosexuality and homosexual practices.”

Will their words have any effect? AFA claims 2.6 million members on its email list (though we’d like to see the open rate). NOM’s Education Fund claims 325,611 members on Facebook (though only $758 in donations?), though it’s unclear whether the Facebook group is directly affiliated with NOM. Either way, we’re guessing NOM hasn’t yet met its own “2 Million for Marriage” goal just yet.

But it’s not AFA or NOM who are effective at generating attention, but the elected officials and media pundits in their fold. Who knows how much contact Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King has with either organization, but when politicians come out swinging against Jennings, and the conservative lackeys join in on the talking points? That’s when serious people take notice.

Hate groups like AFA and NOM, while exercising some power in public dialogue, can only truly press their message when colluding with individuals that Americans actually listen to.

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  • Brian

    The odds are these two religious groups will prevail. They usually do.

  • Jack

    It is a sad commentary on our society that the populace is naive and gullible enough to be manipulated by self-serving organizations such as AFA and NOM. I know some of these people, and they are not necessarily bad people — just terribly, terribly ignorant. I believe they would be content with a theocracy.

    Sometimes, I think it may be a form of collective karma, that because our society-at-large has discriminated so much against gays (and others)that we are deprived of the creativity, intelligence, and leadership that we could have provided had it not been for ignorance and bigotry.

  • AlwaysGay

    The White House better stand behind Kevin Jennings. These attacks on him are pure bigotry. Yesterday I looked at how many were covering this story using google news and found only 53 different sources while over 600 sources were covering Obama’s upcoming HRC speech. This is small far right attack.

    Support Kevin Jennings and sign the GLSEN petition NOW!

  • Qjersey

    Let’s be clear, regardless of the issue at hand, the AFA and NOM want LGBT people to go away and for there to be legally sanctioned discrimination, prejudice, etc.

    Rather than spend all there money on advertising, how about they offer every LGBT person $100,000 to relocate to Canada or some other gay friendly nation.

  • Brian

    @ AlawaysGay who said: “The White House better stand behind Kevin Jennings. These attacks on him are pure bigotry.”

    These attacks are pure religion.

  • TikiHead

    Re: 4Chris10s

    Why do these trolls bother? Ban this one right now, please, Queerty.

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