As we've reported, a faction of the right wing has been attacking Kevin Jennings, the director of Safe and Drug-Free Schools for the Department of Education, on various charges related to his open homosexuality. The faction -- including Fox News personalities, anti-gay groups and at least one Republican Congressman -- opened their attacks with the claim that Jennings supports statutory rape, a claim that has been debunked.
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In an incident described in one of Jennings' books, Jennings counseled a high school student who'd had a sexual encounter with an older man. According to Fox's Sean Hannity, et al, the student was 15, and Jennings should have reported it as "sexual abuse."
But the student involved came forward to say he was actually 16 at the time.
"Were it not for Mr. Jennings' courage and concern for my well-being at that time in my life, I doubt I'd be the proud gay man that I am today," he said in a recent statement.
It's been debunked, but the Hannity crew, including Karl Rove and Rep. Steve King (R-IA), is still hungry to get an Obama-appointed "czar" out of office. So they're accusing Jennings of supporting NAMBLA, the North American Man-Boy Love Association.
(NAMBLA, as its name suggests, is a fringe group which supports consensual sexual relationships between boys and men and opposes age-of-consent laws.)
Here's how Jennings' opponents make the connection: