Scariest Dead Man in California


Got Milk?

By: Grainne Rhuad

I’m pissed, again.

Yesterday I received an email warning me of the “evils” planned by the “Gay” community that were going to be affecting my children.  I was warned of “Forced Promotion of the homosexual, bisexual, and transsexual agenda to children as young as kindergarten. This legislation is written so broadly that it could allow gay-pride parades on campus, cross-dressing, and homosexual marriage dramas, etc.”

That’s a direct quote folks.  I know the hate-flingers couldn’t even get their spacing and font settings right… But that isn’t the scariest part.  People believe this bullshit.  They truly believe that we are at risk of teachers bringing out feather boas for the boys and tool belts for the girls.

What’s got Californian’s in a hissy this time?

Harvey Milk.

That’s right, 23 years after his death he is still scaring people.  I heartily hope the same happens with me.

A Harvey Milk state appreciation day has been suggested in California, along the lines of a César Chavez holiday.  That is to say it will probably still be a work day and only those who care to talk about it will even recognize it.  I have yet to see any César Chavez celebration notes or curriculum coming home with my kids.  And it’s not as if there is a crop, pick-off to celebrate it… Why are people so scared?

A few months ago I wrote about the bored church ladies and gents who were pumped up on precinct walking highs and had nothing to do.  I think what we are seeing here is the fruit of my intuition, that something would have to come along to make use of all that energy.  Not surprisingly it’s an unhealthy use.

While listening to the Christians and others  who truly believed that marriage between a man and a woman is important and were against same sex marriage; I also heard them say time and again how much they “loved” their homosexual brethren and sisters…(make no mistake though I think this is mostly about Gay men, I don’t think a Saddleback person could pick a Lesbian sans purple out of their own congregation and they are hardly ever talked about)  Anyway statements were made that this was not an attack on lifestyle but a protection of marriage.  Fine.

Then what is the big deal with celebrating a man who was killed in the line of duty, so to speak?

Take away the sexual preference and Harvey Milk was/is a poster-boy American.
He was someone who crossed lines in race, community and creed to do the best for his constituents whoever they were.  He would have protected Mormon’s rights to worship in Temples and Muslims’ rights to not be profiled.  He was about what is right more than what is “Gay”.

Honestly I don’t see where “marriage dramas” and “cross dressing” even fit in to remembering Harvey Milk, who did neither of these things.

This fear based bullshit has to stop.  I am all for celebrating a Good Man who worked to make his community safe and better, who would have gone on if not murdered to do probably a lot more.  I think the youth of today could learn a huge lesson from him and giving a day to talk about how he got involved civically is only right I think.

I wish people would say what they really think…”I am afraid of Gays.” or “It scares me that I like musicals too so let’s not have a day where I might scare myself by letting the world know that I know every line of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.”

If people are going to profess “Love” for their homosexual brothers and sisters it’s about time they start showing it…to date I have seen only hate and fear coming from the Right wing, anti-anything different community.

The letter I read finished up with this:

“This year, Schwarzenegger is being lobbied more heavily by homosexual activists. Sean Penn, who played Harvey Milk on the big screen, and Milk’s homosexual activist nephew, have both lobbied Schwarzenegger to ask him to sign SB 572. This year there are four more Democrats in the Assembly voting for Harvey Milk Gay Day.  And for the first time Republican Senator Abel Maldonado is supporting this anti-traditional family value bill.”

This is the Bullshit icing on the Bullshit cake.  This is not an anti-family value bill, this is plain and simple a bill long overdue, honoring a Man who did the best he could and better than most.