Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Boy Scouts and Kevin Jennings

The following is from a transcript from Kevin Jennings, President Obama's Safe School Czar, on keeping the Boy Scouts out of the public school system. This is from a 2000 speaking engagement with his former organization the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network in Iowa. In the same speech, Mr. Jennings advocated for mandating a gay friendly curriculum in public schools from kindergarten onward.

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"The Boy Scouts are a private organization, and they therefore should be allowed to do what they want, and we (GLSEN) agree. They are a private organization, and they should be allowed to do whatever the want, which means they must leave the 11,000 schools where they are officially owned and operated in the district itself. If you want to have the right to do what you want, because you are private, you cannot expect public money and public employees spending employees spending their time to administering your program. The fact is that our public schools cannot be in the business of running discriminatory programs. It is wrong. It undermines the very reason why we have schools, and it must not happen."

Mr. Jennings bio is also mentioned prominently on the website, 'Scouting For All'. He is a member of their Scouting for All National Advisory Board. According to their website, the organizations mission is:

The mission of Scouting For All, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, is to advocate on behalf of its members and supporters for the restoration of the traditionally unbiased values of Scouting as expressed and embodied in the Scout Oath and the Scout Law, and to influence the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to serve and include as participating members ALL youth and adult leaders, regardless of their spiritual belief, gender, or sexual orientation.

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