I was planning to post a piece comparing the pseudo controversy of children singing a song praising President Obama to past phony moral panics put on by the religious right.
But something caught my eye today via Americablog.
CNN covered the Kevin Jennings controversy and revealed a few facts that even I wasn't aware of.
And they aren't negative facts:
And if that's not enough, according to Media Matters:
. . . Jennings' attorney wrote in a 2004 letter that the student was 16 years old, which Jennings' book appears to support, and that 16 is -- and was at the time -- the legal age of consent in Massachusetts.
The funny thing about this is that a friend of mine, Matt Algren, has said from the beginning that the young man was the legal age of consent.
Take a bow, Matt. You nailed it!
I went to the mat for Jennings because I believed in what he was doing and I know how the religious right distorts situations.
Please don't think I'm gloating when I say this because I am not, but:
It feels good to be vindicated.
UPDATE - Peter LaBarbera gives statement about the latest developments in Jennings controversy
I wondered what folks like Peter LaBarbera felt about this new information.
LaBarbera published a lot of negative pieces on Jennings such as:
Was Troubled Teen Seduced by Adult Homosexual and Counseled by GLSEN Founder Kevin Jennings Really ‘Gay’?
Washington Times: Obama ‘Safe Schools’ Czar Kevin Jennings Enabled Sexual Predator of Teen Boy
I emailed LaBarbera saying that I felt he owes Jennings an apology. This is his reply:
You are so pathetic Alvin. Hanging on a technicality. You are as corrupt as the perverted movement you serve. Spare me the preaching.
So much for the Christian principle of apologizing when you are wrong.
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