The fact that Rep Steve King's office knew that the accusation against Kevin Jennings involving the 16-year-old student was false at the time it sent out the letter to President Obama demanding Jennings' removal partly on the grounds of "covering up" sexual abuse of the student needs to be re-emphasized.
As should the following fact - the letter is not the first time King kept repeating the charges against Jennings even after they were debunked:
CNN published a report from Brewster, the student in the center of the controversy on October 2. It during that time in which Brewster debunked the accusations against Jennings.
On October 6 , King claimed that Jennings "overlooked the seuxal abuse of a child."
Now the explanation given by King's office when confronted with this distortion in his letter was poor:
Contacted for comment, King’s spokesman, Matt Lahr, replied: “Jennings, as he writes in his book, thought the boy was 15 and chose not to speak with law authorities. And as a mandatory reporter, Mr. Jennings was required by law to report child abuse.”
But Greg Sargent from Plum Line says the following:
It’s true that Jennings himself — again, wrongly — initially said the kid was 15. But the letter also states as outright fact that this was “child abuse” and the “sexual abuse of a child.” King’s office knows this is false, and yet is repeating it, anyway.
I'm with Sargent here. It doesn't matter what Jennings said. No sex was had. No crime was committed.
That should be the end of the story.
Reasonable people will say so. However, when some people are looking to reach an insidious goal, they tend to jettison truth like its cargo on a sinking ship.
We all know why King wants Jennings gone:
“The totality of [GLSEN founder Kevin Jennings’] life has been the promotion of homosexuality, and much of it within education.”
It all comes down to that, doesn't it? Lgbts have heard the mantra more times than we can count - the ridiculous lie that us taking advantage of our God-given right to not be disrespected is somehow an inconvenience to others. We are unfairly "promoting homosexuality."
It's a silly code phrase masking homophobia and assumptions of superiority.
But if lgbts are so bad, if lgbts are so evil, then why are King and company - these so-called moral people - the ones who are lying with the eagerness of a glutton at a feat?
Editor's note - Facts about two more signers of King's letter:
Virginia Foxx - who claimed that Matthew Shepard was not murdered because of his lgbt orientation, despite evidence to the contrary.
Louis Gohmert - who claimed that adding sexual orientation to hate crimes protection would lead to Nazism, legalization of necrophilia, pedophilia, and bestiality.
House Reps have a problem with gay appointees but not with anti-gay hate groups