Iowa Congressman Steve King is calling
on President Obama to fire Kevin Jennings, the openly gay director of
the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools.
King is the first member of Congress to
ask for Jennings' resignation.
“Kevin Jennings lacks the appropriate
qualifications and ethical standards to serve in a presidential
administration,” King said in a statement released Monday.
“Despite serving as the 'safe
schools' czar, Jennings has demonstrated a willingness to look the
other way on sexual abuse. His life's work has been the promotion of
homosexuality, even in elementary schools, and he has demonstrated no
qualifications to make students safer in our schools. Jennings is
committed to the 'safety' of only a narrow portion of American
students, while expressing disdain for religion and traditional
“President Obama should fire Kevin
Jennings immediately,” King added.
Jennings, 45, is the former executive
director of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN),
a group he founded to address the issue of discrimination based on
sexual orientation in the nation's school system.
Conservatives charge that Jennings is
unfit to serve because twenty-one years ago he failed to report that
one of his students was having a sexual relationship with an older
man. Jennings reportedly told the student to “use a condom.”
Critics claim the boy was 15 at the
time, charging Jennings with failing to report the “sexual abuse of
a minor.” In fact, the boy was 16, above the age of consent in
Massachusetts, where the incident occurred.
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King, an ardent gay rights foe, has
previously compared gay men and lesbians to fairy tales, “Unicorns,
leprechauns, gay marriages in Iowa – these are things you will
never find because they just don't exist,” and continues to insist
that being gay is a choice.
Earlier in the year, during a Judiciary
Committee hearing on the House version of the Hate Crimes Prevention
Act, a bill that would expand federal hate crimes legislation to
include disability, gender and sexual orientation, King asked “Why
are we valuing sexuality as more important than veteran status or old
age, for instance?” as he and fellow Republicans attempted to drown
the bill with irrelevant amendments.
“Their agenda is to shut down
preaching of faith from the pulpit,” King told One News Now
on the subject of Hate Crimes legislation. “Their agenda is to
force approval of the homosexual agenda. And destroy marriage
nationally is the follow up piece of this.”
The Obama administration continues to