THE STRANGE CASE OF KEVIN JENNINGS
By Cliff Kincaid
January 7, 2010
A Marxist atheist trained in materialism, Harry Hay tried to find spirituality in his own confused sexual identity, eventually developing the idea that he was a “Radical Faerie” who had male and female traits. A communist, he was also a supporter of the North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA).
Education Department official Kevin Jennings says that Hay inspired him, and the Jennings-founded group, the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) has promoted favorable material about Hay, the acknowledged founder of the modern “gay rights” movement, without offering any criticism or even acknowledgement of his defense of adult-child sex.
But Hay’s leading role in the “Radical Faerie” movement may be even more controversial than his communist views and pro-NAMBLA activities.
Hay in 1979 issued a call for a “Spiritual Conference for Radical Faeries” that included a poem from the notorious occultist Aleister Crowley. Stuart Timmons, author of The Trouble With Harry Hay, documents Hay’s involvement with Crowley, noting that Hay played the organ for the Los Angeles lodge of Crowley’s Order of the Eastern Temple, a “notorious anti-Christian spiritual group” where “homosexual sex-magic rituals” took place.
Crowley, who regarded himself as the “Beast 666,” the anti-Christ, and the incarnation of Satan, also organized in such cities as London and Paris, where he developed a relationship with New York Times correspondent Walter Duranty, as recounted in S.J. Taylor’s book, Stalin’s Apologist. Taylor says that Crowley staged homosexual rituals with Duranty in which they chanted “blood and semen.”
Like Hay, Duranty had a major impact on history. As the Moscow correspondent for the New York Times after the communist revolution, he helped cover up Stalin’s crimes. Hay was a Stalinist himself and stayed in the Communist Party even after the Hitler-Stalin pact.
Hay’s confusion about his own sexual identity, including the belief that he somehow benefitted from being preyed upon by homosexual predators, is something that should be pitied. But it has been elevated by the “homosexual community” into another “right” to be guaranteed by government. That is why the modern-day “gay rights” movement celebrates bisexuality, cross-dressing, and “transgender” lifestyles. It has now become known as the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) “community.”
At one time, NAMBLA was a member of the International Lesbian and Gay Association, and its NAMBLA Bulletin belonged to the Gay and Lesbian Press Association. However, the “gay rights” establishment these days tries to play down the acceptance of NAMBLA in their movement, including by Hay himself.
Photos of Hay and his “Faeries” speak for themselves. One photo of Hay, who also became known as the “Father of the Faeries,” shows him later in life wearing pearls, a blouse, and what appears to be a rainbow dress. Hay referred to the “Faeries” as “sissy men” and they gathered in the woods to pay homage to the earth. Radical Faeries have also been featured in “gay rights” parades.
But in the same way that Hay’s Stalinism proves worrisome, author Will Roscoe writes that Hay was influenced by a book titled The Morning of the Magician, which traced the power of the occult back to the Nazi period. This is extremely significant. In addition to Hitler’s fascination with the occult, the genocidal dictator surrounded himself with a number of homosexual perverts in the Nazi Party.
Demonstrating that he was familiar with the career of Harry Hay, Obama Education Department official Kevin Jennings noted in his 1997 remarks that “In 1948, he [Hay] tried to get people to join the Mattachine Society.” What Jennings did not say, perhaps deliberately so, was that the Mattachine Society was a communist front organization.
The “Hope Along the Wind” film notes that a “Marxist education Class” being taught by Hay produced several recruits for the new organization. Hay himself said, “All of them [the founders] thought of themselves as Marxists. We’re all thinking in the same direction, feeling in the same direction, looking in the same way and feeling in our bodies: this is the beginning of a brotherhood. And this is the beginning of what we were going to be calling six months later the Mattachine Society.”
The film’s narrator adds, “The Mattachine Society was organized into a secret cell structure, similar to the Communist Party. Members in one cell never knew the members in another, protecting the group in case of arrest.”
These Marxists, led by Hay, expanded Hay’s original Marxist idea that homosexuals were considered oppressed by the capitalist system and in need of special rights. But Hay’s communist connections proved to be too controversial even at this time and he eventually left this organization as well.
Political acceptance was always the goal. Hay supported the 1948 presidential candidacy of Henry Wallace on the communist-dominated Progressive Party Ticket. Later, he acted within the Democratic Party, working as a member of Jesse Jackson’s “rainbow coalition” to elect the black activist as president.
Today, Hay would be “proud.” Five states have legalized “gay marriage,” the Democratic Party officially supports “gay rights,” the Obama Administration has lifted the ban on AIDS-infected foreigners entering the U.S., and Obama wants open homosexuals to join the ranks of the military.
Hay remained true to the communist cause to the end of his life in 2002. He says in the film, “I was part and parcel of that [the Communist Party] and I was proud to be part and parcel of that.”
One of his last public roles was as a representative of the “Radical Faerie Political Network” at the 1992 national convention of a Communist Party spin-off group, the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS).
Stuart Timmons, the author of The Trouble With Harry Hay, wrote that it “saddened” Hay after the demise of the old Soviet Union to see people “throwing out the baby with the bath water” in completely denouncing communism. “Marxism needs to be revised, based on new scientific knowledge, particularly of human behavior,” Hay said. “The underlying methodology will be proved sound.”
His legacy is considered so positive among “gay rights” activists that he was hailed as one of many “gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender icons” by the “GLBT History month” project for 2009 and featured on the homosexual-oriented Logo television network.
However, as more and more people learn the truth about Harry Hay and how he was an inspiration to Kevin Jennings, scrutiny of Jennings—and those who appointed and support him—is growing.
This is why a group called Media Matters for America, run by a homosexual activist, is working feverishly to counter any allegations deemed harmful to Jennings and his mission at the Education Department. Its usual procedure is to label any critics of the homosexual movement as promoting “hate” or engaging in “smears” and “lies.”
At the same time, the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress (CAP) is also monitoring and attempting to rebut criticism of Jennings. CAP is the same group that employed communist Van Jones before he went to the White House and then was ultimately forced out in scandal.
What these groups want desperately to avoid is the evidence, detailed in the first column in this series, that Jennings was completely aware of the Harry Hay record when he made his 1997 comments praising him, and that his GLSEN group has concealed the terrible facts about Hay from young people who should know.
One problem in getting the story out has been the influence of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA), which is funded by—and includes employees of—almost every major media organization. It actually encourages its members to report favorably on the activities of the Jennings-founded group GLSEN and says that GLSEN works “to create safer schools,” buying into the official propaganda about the group.
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The official NLGJA blog has already praised the “progressive” Media Matters group for defending Jennings and his praise of “gay rights pioneer” Harry Hay.
It’s no wonder that the Jennings scandal isn’t a story for most of the media.
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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.