Posted: September 04, 200910:45 am Eastern
By Bob Unruh Â© 2009 WorldNetDaily
Lawmakers in California have voted to pressure all schoolchildren in the state to study and "honor" the life and values of homosexual activist Harvey Milk, whose biography tells of sexual escapades, including relationships with young boys.
In addition, it was Milk who publicly advocated for the late Jim Jones, the leader of the massacred hundreds in Jonestown, Guyana, in 1978. Jones led the "Peoples Temple Agricultural Project," and in an audiotape of the deaths, described the 918 fatalities â€“ mostly from drinking cyanide-laced flavored drink â€“ as a "revolutionary suicide."
The California State Assembly now has passed a bill calling on all California public schools to hold an annual "day of significance" honoring the life and values of Milk. SB572 was approved on a 45 (all Democrats) to 27 (all Republicans) vote yesterday.
"The Democrat politicians are telling schoolchildren to honor a sexual predator of teens, a homosexual sex addict who advocated polygamous relationships, and a public liar who justified his deceit," said Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com, a leading pro-family, pro-child organization.
"By passing 'Harvey Milk Gay Day,' these Democrat politicians have declared war on children's innocence in exchange for political favors from homosexual groups," Thomasson said
The bill now returns to the Democrat-controlled state Senate, which approved the plan in May, and ultimately will be sent to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who did veto the measure a year ago.
"'Harvey Milk Gay Day' would teach schoolkids all about the life and very controversial values of Harvey Milk," said Thomasson. "Based on the historical record of Milk's sordid life, this could include teaching elementary and secondary schoolchildren that adult-child homosexual 'sex' is OK, having multiple sexual relationships at the same time is OK, and telling a very public lie is good if it 'gets you ahead.' This instruction, whether taught directly or indirectly, is not what parents want or children need."
Thomasson cited the biography of Milk by Randy Shilts, a homosexual San Francisco Chronicle reporter, "The Mayor of Castro Street." He said the 1982 book detailed Milk's sexual relationships with a 16-year-old, a 19-year-old and other young men.
Among the references from the book: "... 16-year-old McKinley was looking for some kind of father figure ... At 33, Milk was launching a new life, though he could hardly have imagined the unlikely direction toward which his new lover would pull him." (pages 30-31)
The book also explains, "It would be to boyish-looking men in their late teens and early 20s that Milk would be attracted for the rest of his life."
Shilts documented how Milk said multiple relationships were just fine:
"As homosexuals, we can't depend on the heterosexual model...We grow up with the heterosexual model, but we don't have to follow it. We should be developing our own life-style. There's no reason why you can't love more than one person at a time. You don't have to love them all the sameâ€¦"
The text of SB572 states that, "On Harvey Milk Day, exercises remembering the life of Harvey Milk, recognizing his accomplishments, and familiarizing pupils with the contributions he made to this state" shall be conducted; specifically, "all public schools and educational institutions are encouraged to observe...and...conduct suitable commemorative exercises."
"This bill is not about 'gay rights' or 'stopping harassment,'" said Thomasson. "Instead, SB572 is outright promotion of everything Harvey Milk believed in â€“ the entire gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual agenda pushed upon schoolchildren as young as kindergarten, without parental permission."
The study of his sexual activities also could be enhanced by students' study of Milk's advocacy for Jones. The issue came up just weeks ago when President Barack Obama decided to give Milk one of the Medal of Freedom awards he chose to hand out this year.
In a column in WND, Family Research Council senior fellow Peter Sprigg pointed out that Obama's decision to honor Milk "may mark the first time in history that the nation's highest civilian award has been granted primarily on the basis of someone's sex life."
At the time, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says he was uncertain if the briefing material given to Obama when he decided on the honor included Milk's well-documented advocacy for Jones.
"Is the president â€“ concerning the Medal of Freedom awards, is the president aware of Harvey Milk's strong support of the Rev. Jim Jones?" asked Les Kinsolving, WND's correspondent at the White House.
"I don't know if that was in the briefing material," Gibbs said. "I can tell you the president is opposed to Jim Jones, how about that?"
Jones let a cult to the "Peoples Temple Agricultural Project" in the 1970s in Guyana after an extended career leading the religious organization in San Francisco.
The poisonings, including those of many children, followed by hours the murders of five people by Temple members at a nearby airport. One of the victims was Congressman Leo Ryan, the only member of Congress ever to die in the line of duty. He was investigating complaints about the cult.
Kinsolving, a journalist for the San Francisco Examiner during Jones' ascent to power and influence there, shortly before he moved his cult to Guyana, recalled in a column just weeks ago the relationship between Jones and Milk.
His writing concerned the Sean Penn movie, "Milk." Kinsolving cited columnist Dan Flynn's concerns about "how Gus Van Sant could have made a film about Harvey Milk without casting a 'Jim Jones' role."
The Flynn column accused Harvey Milk and "the San Francisco left" of allowing Jones to conduct his "criminal enterprise in San Francisco with impunity."
"When veteran journalist Les Kinsolving penned an eight-part investigative report on Peoples Temple for the San Francisco Examiner in 1972, his editors buckled under pressure from Jones and killed the report halfway through," wrote Flynn. "Kinsolving quipped that the Peoples Temple was 'the best-armed house of God in the land,' detailed the kidnapping and possible murder of disgruntled members, exposed Jones' phony faith healing, highlighted Jones' vile school-sanctioned sex talk with children and directed attention toward the Peoples Temple's massive welfare fraud that funded its operations.
"Unfortunately four of the series of eight articles were jettisoned after Jones unleashed hundreds of protesters to the San Francisco Examiner, a programmed letter-writing campaign and a threatened lawsuit against the paper. The Examiner promptly issued a laudatory article on Jones. â€¦ " wrote Flynn.
Kinsolving's column revealed reports that after Milk was killed, all mention of connections between Milk and Jones "were intentionally obscured."
According to documents assembled by SaveCalifornia.com, Milk even lobbied President Jimmy Carter to quash a custody challenge, encouraging him to leave a six-year-old boy in the custody of Jones at Jonestown.
The child, Milk wrote to Carter, has "loving protective parents in Rev. and Mrs. Jonesâ€¦," the report said. The child less than nine months later died along with the hundreds of others in Jonestown.
Thomasson also said the Milk biography reveals Milk publicly lied for years about the end of his Navy career and had not been kicked out for being homosexual. Milk served as a diving officer aboard the submarine rescue ship, the USS Kittiwake, during the Korean War. He was discharged in 1955 for undisclosed reasons:
"He had not suffered this disgrace, he told a later campaign manager, but he knew the story would make good copy. If anyone said something to Harvey about his fondness for such stunts, he would gesture wildly as he launched into a lecture. 'Symbols, symbols, symbols,' he insisted. Sure he had not been kicked out of the military, but he had a dozen friends who had their lives muddled by anti-gay purges in the services. The point of the story was to let people know that service people routinely do get kicked out. Besides, he once confided, 'Maybe people will read it, feel sorry for me, and then vote for me,'" the biography states.
WND previously reported when Schwarzenegger asked for public feedback on S.B. 572. He posted the following message to his Twitter page just prior to selecting Milk for induction into the California Hall of Fame:
"Some interesting bills coming down. Give me your thoughts on the water package, Harvey Milk Day, and the prison reform bills."