Apparently some on the right are blowing off the embarrassment of their recent unsuccessful attack against Education Dep. appointee Kevin Jennings because they are starting a new one. The following nonsense (which is better described by the World Net Daily piece) is currently running on several blogs and sites.
Hannity will probably grab it next week:
A transcript from a 1997 speech shows Office of Safe Schools chief Kevin Jennings in the U.S. Department of Education expressed his admiration for Harry Hay, one of the nation's first homosexual activists who launched the Mattachine Society in 1948, founded the Radical Faeries and was a longtime advocate for the North American Man-Boy Love Association, NAMBLA.
"One of the people that's always inspired me is Harry Hay," the transcript shows Jennings saying, "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," Jennings continued, "Harry Hay marched with a million people in Washington, who thought he had a good idea 40 years before."
However, according to Media Matters, the speech had nothing to do with NAMBLA:
Media Matters contends that Jennings was referring to Hay's pioneering work with lgbt rights; something that several obituaries also did when Hay passed on.
What's happening here is innuendo by association. I also admire Harry Hay's work for lgbt rights but I certainly don't like his support of NAMBLA.
So am I a pedophile now?
Many Americans list George Washington as one of the greatest Presidents this country ever had.
But Washington did nothing to stop the slave trade nor did he do anything to get women the vote.
So do the Americans who admire Washington for how he led this country at its founding support slavery and keeping women away from the ballot box?
This entire thing is ridiculous and the root of it is homophobia, pure and simple.
I wish the right would have the guts to admit it.