The Safe School Czar, Harry Hay and NAMBLA

I just finished listening to an excellent interview with Bob Hamer on Sean Hannity’s radio show. The topic of discussion was safe school czar Kevin Jennings. Bob recently did an interview with J.R. Head at Big Hollywood which included discussion of the subject as well. Here is an excerpt of what Bob had to say about Kevin Jennings, Harry Hay and NAMBLA:

Kevin Jennings is President Obama’s Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools at the U.S. Department of Education. His history and beliefs are well documented in the numerous books he has authored and edited. There is some dispute as to the legality of his conduct while working as a teacher but by Jennings’ own admission the only counseling he gave a male high school student, who admitted having sex with a man he met in a public restroom, was to use a condom. Jennings also has high praise for Harry Hay. If NAMBLA had a Hall of Fame, Hay would be a member. Hay fought for NAMBLA’s inclusion in the International Lesbian and Gay Association and once carried a sign proclaiming “NAMBLA Walks With Me.” Although Hay died before I was invited to attend any of NAMBLA’s secret, underground meetings, Hay was a featured speaker at several NAMBLA conferences and at forums on man/boy love. When members of the Administration admit to admiring a NAMBLA icon it gives me cause for concern and is at the very least a reason for further inquiry.

If you have not read Bob’s book, The Last Undercover, you can read a sample of it at his website. It is an excellent account of not only his infiltration of NAMBLA, but of his 26 years as an undercover FBI agent.

In the spirit of full disclosure (and hopefully in accordance with new FTC Big Brother regs) Bob sent me a free review copy of his book when it first came out. After I read it I purchased additional copies as gifts. I’ve met Bob in person twice, once with his family when they were visiting NC and another time with my family when we were in San Diego. He has done some amazing work and, in my opinion, has earned the gratitude of every parent in this country.

See more about Kevin Jennings, Harry Hay and NAMBLA in a video from Scott Baker.

Terresa at Noisy Room has compiled a lot of additional information on Kevin Jennings. While at her site, check out the Czar Chronicles.

Update: I missed Bob on Hannity on tv last night, but the transcript of that interview is here.

Update II: Someone in the comments section is calling me a liar for saying Jennings admired (or praised) Hay. If they followed the link to Terresa’s posts at Noisy Room they would have seen that she linked this ZombieTime post several days ago which included the following quote from Jennings’ speech to “the GLSEN Mid-Atlantic Conference on October 25, 1997 in New York, as reported in the January-February 1998 edition of the Lambda Journal”:

One of the people that’s always inspired me is Harry Hay, who started the first ongoing gay rights groups in America. In 1948, he tried to get people to join the Mattachine Society. It took him two years to find one other person who would join. Well, [in] 1993, Harry Hay marched with a million people in Washington, who thought he had a good idea 40 years before. Everybody thought Harry Hay was crazy in 1948, and they knew something about him which he apparently did not–they were right, he was crazy. You are all crazy. We are all crazy. All of us who are thinking this way are crazy, because you know what? Sane people keep the world the same [shitty] old way it is now. It’s the people who think, ‘No, I can envision a day when straight people say, “So what if you’re promoting homosexuality?”‘ Or straight kids say, ‘Hey, why don’t you and your boyfriend come over before you go to the prom and try on your tuxes on at my house?’ That if we believe that can happen, we can make it happen. The only thing that will stop us is our lack of faith that we can make it happen. That is our mission from this day forward. To not lose our faith, to not lose our belief that the world can, indeed, be a different place. And think how much can change in one lifetime if in Harry Hay’s one very short life, he saw change from not even one person willing to join him to a million people willing to travel to Washington to join him.

Most of those on the left (unlike my commenter) do not argue that Jennings said he admired Hay, but only that it didn’t matter that Hay had a NAMBLA connection.

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