In a must-read piece at BigHollywood, my friend Charles Winecoff explores an aspect of the Kevin Jennings kerfuffle that we have only touched on here and which other conservative bloggers (save perhaps Ed Morrissey) have all but ignored. Not only does Charles call out Media Matters for their name-calling and bias (they’v been the left-wing outfit taking the lead in taking on the conservative blogs which have brought Jennings’s unsavory literary recommendations to light), but he also takes GLSEN (and by extension Jennings) to task for presenting a politicized view of homosexuality:
But what’s equally disturbing is the deadening, inhuman language of race/gender politics that is being foisted on unsullied, impressionable minds. Teenagers should be exposed to the colors, ideas, moral quandaries, literary innovations, and expansive worldviews of great authors – gay and straight, black and white, male and female – not the narrow, detached, theoretical manipulations of bitter Marxist hacks.
This omnipresence of PC rhetoric leads Charles to ask:
More importantly, where is the art? Where are the profound, humanistic thoughts that would – and should – qualify this as literature fit for school kids?
It ain’t just the sexual references which make this stuff so inappropriate. And Charles reiterates the point that other bloggers have made about how the material that has recently come to light is indeed most inappropriate for schoolchildren:
In 2007, Camenker [Brian Camenker, the outspoken leader of MassResistance, the pro-family group based in Massachusetts] complained that, ”A federal judge ruled that schools can show picture books to elementary school children about homosexual romance.” If only the GLSEN-approved books stopped there. Instead, these clunky tracts neglect love in favor of (far less universal) sexual practices that have nothing to do with the birds and the bees – and everything to do with (what is very often) compulsive adult behavior better suited to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders than to a seventh grade reader. . . .
“Tolerance” pushers have taken the intimacy out of sex and love, and turned the hardened, clinical dregs into a grim manifesto.
This is not the first time we’ve see gay activists promoting a version of sex without emotional connection. But, it’s more than just about sex, it’s about politics as well. “Schools,” Winecoff asserts, “do not need to be ‘queered.’ Gay kids are still kids (who deserve the same respect and protection as their peers).”
Read the whole thing.