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Smear: Kevin Jennings Praised A Member Of NAMBLA

October 02, 2009 3:35 pm ET

The conservative smear machine, still attempting to damage progressives by drawing shady guilt-by-association connections, is trying to link Kevin Jennings, the head of the Department of Education's Office of Safe & Drug Free Schools, to the North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA).  It's no surprise that upon examining the facts, no such connection exists.

Smear: Kevin Jennings Praised A Member Of NAMBLA

Washington Examiner:

Lori Roman of Regular Folks United points to statements by Jennings a decade or more ago when he praised Harry Hay of the North American Association for Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA), which promotes the legalization of sexual abuse of young boys by older men.

Lori Roman at Regular Folks United:

For anyone who spends even an hour on the internet looking into Jennings' speeches and writings, his nonchalant attitude about an older homosexual man having sex with a boy should not be a surprise. What is surprising is that no one is mentioning reports that Jennings publicly stated that he was inspired by one of the biggest promoters of pedophilia in the country-Harry Hay.  Hay actively promoted sex between men and boys and supported the North American Man Boy Love Association (NAMBLA).

Sources

Washington Examiner
Mark Tapscott
Regular Folks United
Lori Roman
Americans for Truth About Homosexuality
Erick Erickson

Truth

Jennings Admired Harry Hay For Founding The First Gay Rights Group... That's It

During A Conference In 1997, Jennings Praised Harry Hay For Founding America's First Gay Rights Organization.  According to the anti-gay "Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, while speaking at a conference in 1997 GLSEN founder Kevin Jennings said: "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 [the first American homosexual "rights" group]. 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." [Jennings Transcript via "Americans for Truth About Homosexuality," accessed 10/2/09; emphasis added]

Harry Hay Was NEVER A Member Of NAMBLA

Harry Hay:

"I am not a member of NAMBLA, nor would it ever have been my inclination to be one."

[Gay Community News, Fall 1994 via Nexis]

Hay's Obituaries Accurately Depicted His Life As A Gay Rights Pioneer...

  • NYT: Hay "Founded A Secret Organization Six Decades Ago That Proved To Be The Catalyst For The American Gay Rights Movement." The New York Times wrote on October 25, 2002: "Harry Hay, who founded a secret organization six decades ago that proved to be the catalyst for the American gay rights movement, died early Thursday morning at his home in San Francisco. He was 90. Although little known in the broader national culture over the years, Mr. Hay's contribution was to do what no one else had done before: plant the idea among American homosexuals that they formed an oppressed cultural minority of their own, like blacks, and to create a lasting organization in which homosexuals could come together to socialize and to pursue what was, at the beginning, the very radical concept of homosexual rights."
  • AP: Hay Was "A Pioneering Activist In The Gay Rights Movement" Who Founded "The Mattachine Society." The Associated Press wrote on October 25, 2002: "Harry Hay, a pioneering activist in the gay rights movement, died Thursday, according to family members who said he had suffered from lung cancer. He was 90. Hay, among the first to argue that gays represented a cultural minority, devoted his life to progressive politics and in 1950 founded the secret network of support groups for gays known as the Mattachine Society."
  • SF Chronicle: Hay "Considered By Many To Be The Founder Of The Modern American Gay Rights Movement." The San Francisco Chronicle wrote on October 25, 2002: "Henry 'Harry' Hay, considered by many to be the founder of the modern American gay rights movement, died Thursday at home in San Francisco at age 90."


 


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