THE STRANGE CASE OF KEVIN JENNINGS
By Cliff Kincaid
January 5, 2010
Harry Hay, who “inspired” Obama-appointed Education Department official Kevin Jennings to lead a life of homosexual activism, was not only a supporter of the North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) but a prominent member of the Communist Party USA and “Radical Faerie” who believed in the power of the occult.
Hay’s influence is relevant not only because Jennings is a top Education Department official, but because Hay is considered by homosexuals to be the founder of their movement. A Stalinist and Marxist until the day he died, Hay defended NAMBLA’s participation in “gay rights” marches and its membership in the International Lesbian and Gay Association.
But the controversy over Jennings, which had been growing since his appointment in May, has been skillfully deflected by some journalists and commentators who have been attacking the government of Uganda for considering a law that would toughen laws against homosexual behavior that threatens public health and children. “Uganda wants to execute people for being gay,” lesbian commentator Rachel Maddow asserted on her MSNBC program on December 2. She called it the “kill-the-gays bill” and demanded that Christians in the U.S. denounce it.
Jumping on the story, the New York Times has claimed the bill would “impose a death sentence for homosexual behavior.”
claims are flat-out disinformation.
Dr. Scott Lively, who visited Uganda in March of 2009 to encourage efforts to protect traditional family values, says the proposed death penalty in the bill, just one of many provisions, is for “aggravated homosexuality,” which is actually pederasty, pedophilia, homosexual parent/child incest, homosexual abuse of a disabled ward, and knowingly spreading AIDS. Dr. Lively is the author of The Pink Swastika and the president of Abiding Truth Ministries.
“I do not support the proposed anti-homosexuality law as written,” Lively says. “It does not emphasize rehabilitation over punishment and the punishment that it calls for is unacceptably harsh. However, if the offending sections were sufficiently modified, the proposed law would represent an encouraging step in the right direction. As one of the first laws of this century to recognize that the destructiveness of the ‘gay’ agenda warrants opposition by government, it would deserve support from Christian believers and other advocates of marriage-based culture around the world.”
Lively says that the legislation is a response to the history of the country, where Christians were persecuted and even killed for resisting the homosexuality of King Mwanga, a violent pedophile, and to the modern-day problem, which involves “homosexual political activists from Europe and the United States [who] are working aggressively to re-homosexualize their nation.”
June 3, a public holiday called Martyrs’ Day, is set aside in the nation to remember the Christians killed by the pedophile King in 1886.
In terms of the present threat, Lively explains, “Ugandan citizens report a growing number of foreign homosexual men coming to their country to turn desperately poor young men from the slums into their personal houseboys, and that some girls in public schools have been paid to recruit others into lesbianism.”
It would appear that the purpose of the orchestrated controversy over the proposed law in Uganda is to divert attention from the real scandal involving Obama Education Department official Kevin Jennings and his praise for the founder of the modern gay rights movement, Harry Hay, a supporter of adult-child sex.
This is the real scandal—the degree to which the homosexual movement tolerates pedophiles in its midst and regards a champion of pedophilia as a hero.
As disclosed by Peter LaBarbera’s Americans for Truth organization, Jennings said in 1997 that Hay should serve as an inspiration. “One of the people that’s always inspired me is Harry Hay, who started the first ongoing gay rights group in America,” he said.
Jennings didn’t mention that Hay actively campaigned for the “rights” of pedophiles and publicly supported NAMBLA. But Jennings had to be aware of this fact. Two popular books about Hay—Radically Gay, edited by Will Roscoe and published in 1996, and The Trouble With Harry Hay, written by Stuart Timmons and published in 1990—documented Hay’s support for NAMBLA. These books were issued by pro-homosexual or left-wing book publishers and popular among “gay” activists like Jennings.
The Timmons book shows Hay wearing a “NAMBLA walks with me” sign at a “gay rights” demonstration. Although Hay apparently never formally joined the organization, he spoke about his support for NAMBLA on many different occasions, including at NAMBLA conferences.
Jennings was announced as the Assistant Deputy Secretary, Office of Safe & Drug Free Schools, in the Department of Education on May 19. His official biography mentions his role in creating an organization, the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN), which is supposed to provide factual information about the history of the “gay rights” movement to teachers and students. But the references to Hay in GLSEN literature fail to include anything about his CPUSA, pro-NAMBLA or Radical Faerie activities.
For example, a GLSEN “Education Department Resource” pamphlet from the year 2000 identifies the Timmons book as “a readable biography of the founder of the first ongoing American gay rights group.” That means that somebody at GLSEN read the book, including its discussion of Hay’s pro-NAMBLA activities. But nothing is said about Hay’s objectionable record.
It is certainly interesting that the GLSEN description of the Hay book sounds like what Jennings had himself said about Hay.
More to the point, GLSEN recommends a book Jennings himself edited entitled, Becoming Visible: A Reader in Gay and Lesbian History for High School and College Students, which includes a favorable profile of Harry Hay by Timmons. Indeed, the material is from the Timmons book.
So the idea that Jennings was unfamiliar with Hay’s pro-NAMBLA record is simply impossible to believe. It is the case that Hay supported the criminal sexual exploitation of children and the evidence indicates that Jennings knew about this but that his organization concealed the information from those who had a right to know about it.
Hay’s support for NAMBLA grew out of his own sexual relationships as a child with adult predators. In his own twisted and bizarre world, Hay says he ultimately found the sexual abuse to be beneficial. By his own admission, he had a terrible relationship with his father, who beat him.
In the article, “Our Beloved Gay/Lesbian Movement at a Crossroads,” Hay maintained that real child molestation involved the “sexual coercion of Gay and Lesbian youth into heterosexual identities and behaviors.” Hay believed that homosexuals “should unite to sue the whole guilty hetero community for compensation” for practicing this “heterosexual coercion” on “Gay kids.”
The praise of Hay by Jennings has led to questions about Jennings’s relationship with NAMBLA itself. “We don’t know if Mr. Jennings supports us or not,” is all that a NAMBLA spokesman says. NAMBLA has a whole section of its website devoted to Hay.
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LaBarbera contends that “It would seem fairly easy for Jennings to clarify his position on NAMBLA—all he has to do is issue a clear statement of his opposition to this evil ‘man-boy love’ organization.”
But even if he were to condemn NAMBLA in strong terms, there is still the matter of why his organization, which targets young people, promotes a favorable book about a communist pervert.
Tomorrow: what a former FBI agent says about Kevin Jennings.
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Cliff Kincaid, a veteran journalist and media critic, Cliff concentrated in journalism and communications at the University of Toledo, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Cliff has written or co-authored nine books on media and cultural affairs and foreign policy issues. One of Cliff's books, "Global Bondage: The UN Plan to Rule the World" is still awailable.
Cliff has appeared on Hannity & Colmes, The O’Reilly Factor, Crossfire and has been published in the Washington Post, Washington Times, Chronicles, Human Events and Insight.