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President Obama's safe schools 'czar,' Kevin Jennings, is currently enemy number one for many conservative advocacy groups.

President Obama stands behind Jennings, but several conservative groups have called for his resignation. Both Jennings's history and current association are worrisome to the groups.

The Family Research Council (FRC) points out that, as a teacher 20 years ago, Jennings condoned a sexual relationship between a high school student and an older man, a situation he could have handled appropriately with "a basic understanding of right and wrong."

Jennings said in a statement this month that he had handled the situation poorly, but had not been trained to handle it well.

"Teachers back then had little training or guidance about this kind of thing," he said. "I would like to see the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools play a bigger role in helping to prepare teachers."

The organization that Jennings founded — the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, which works to make schools accepting of different sexual orientations — is also causing concern. According to Focus on the Family Action, the group "turn students into lobbyists for its extreme left causes," and Jennings could enforce similar policies in schools nationwide.

Calls for his resignation are now coming from a broader conservative circle, including Sean Hannity and The Washington Times.

Lawmaking: More on Health Care and Homosexuals

Health care is still high on the priority list for many evangelical groups. Traditional Values Coalition's Andrea Lafferty supported Republican amendments that would "make this socialist bill less threatening to our liberties, our health care options, and our incomes."

In stark contrast, Steve Taylor, ...

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