Friday, October 2, 2009

Right-wing smear campaign against gay Obama aide gets ugly

Posted By on October 2, 2009, 7:30 AM

The wingnut smear campaign against Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary in charge of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, is heating up. Yes, if you were worried that the nation's president was after your kids, just wait until you hear about this commie homo villain!

Recently, the radical anti-Obama hit squad has judged Jennings guilty of: ---

Oh, heavens!

Actually, I'd say Jennings is doing everything right. Using our Secret Whackjob Decoder Rings, we discover that "promoting homosexuality (in all its various permutations)" means Jennings believes that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students should be safe from violent attacks at school.

Being a "career homosexual activist" means Jennings has a lot of political experience. "Radical homosexual" is just the way 'wingers signal their outrage that an out-of-the-closet gay person could be allowed to achieve career success.

And, as for that awful slip, in which Jennings actually advocated the use of condoms to a kid who said he spent his evenings meeting older men in Boston bus stations -- I can only say, bravo. That showed a lot of guts -- especially considering the 1980s political climate. 

The Family Research Council is asking concerned citizens to contact their state boards of education. And, as a concerned citizen, I think that's a very good idea.

If you think gay kids shouldn't be beaten up in schools, and that sexually active students should have access to good information about STD transmission, why not let your state board of education know? Use the FRC's online tool if you don't know the contact information offhand.

If you're local, you may contact Mark Peterson, P.R. director of the Utah State Board of Education. Those outside of Utah may use the FRC's excellent search tool. Remember, though: Once you find the correct contact information, don't use the FRC's handy web e-mail interface (they'll screw it up somehow if it's not worded the way they want). Use your own e-mail. And good luck!

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