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AFA Officialy Gunning For Jennings


On Tuesday, the rabidly antigay American Family Association officially called for the resignation of Kevin Jennings, the openly gay head of the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools in the Department of Education.

AFA president Tim Wildmon demanded that Jennings be fired in a press release, saying he would promote "a radical homosexual agenda in America's public school system." Wildmon also wrote that Jennings was antagonistic toward evangelical Christians, but would not provide evidence to support that claim.

"This man is not a good role model for the nation's children, nor will he fairly represent all Americans due to his spiteful attitude toward evangelical Christians," Wildmon said in the release.

Wildmon also brings up the recently reported story of Jennings -- who founded the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network -- counseling a young student on his relationship with an older man. The AFA release maintains that Jennings failed to report a case of statutory rape, despite the fact that Media Matters, a media watchdog organization, reported that the student was of legal age of consent at the time he reached out to Jennings.

Nonetheless, the AFA has sent an Action Alert to its 2.6 million-member network urging them to contact Arne Duncan, the secretary of Education, and urge him to fire Jennings. Yesterday, Steve King -- a U.S. representative from Iowa -- became the first person in Congress to call for Jennings to step down. The AFA is also setting its sights on Chai Feldblum, an out lesbian nominated for a position in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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