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Political Advocacy Tracker is a roundup of what Christian activist organizations have been talking about over the last week.

The "homosexual agenda" took center stage this week for conservative evangelical groups as Congress worked on health care reform and other bills behind the scenes.

Kevin Jennings, "Safe School Czar"

In a half hour special edition of Focus on the Family sponsored by Focus on the Family Action, James Dobson and the other panelists discussed a series of policies and politicians that, Dobson said, "cause our hands to get sweaty."

At the top of this list was Kevin Jennings, President Obama's "safe schools czar" who has already been targeted by conservative groups (see previous column). Jennings condoned a sexual relationship between a high school student and an older man, a situation he said earlier this month that he handled poorly.

"Kevin Jennings has a very long track record of twisting the word 'safety' into a political tool to push homosexual activism into public schools," Focus Action Education Analyst Candi Cushman said.

Dobson noted Jennings's "lifelong commitment to children being taught homosexual propaganda."

Beyond the criticism of Jennings's past and fears of his future work, Jennings symbolizes Dobson's "greatest nightmare."

"I have been fighting for family values, and marriage, and family, and for schools that honor the values and principles that parents believe in for 25 years. And it's coming apart," Dobson said. "It's unbelievable what's taking place. And Kevin Jennings is the quintessential expression of that far left agenda."

Jennings is in the cross-hairs of other groups as well. Doug Carlson of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission also objected.

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