Franklin famously quipped, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain,
except death and taxes.”
evidently failed to envisage today’s postmodern left. For the conservative,
there exists at least one other certainty, and it is this: The degree to which
“progressives” attack you corresponds precisely to the degree with which you
challenge any among their assorted, distorted and sordid sacred cows.
would you call a 33-year-old man who both had and axiomatically acted upon a
deviant sexual appetite for underage, drug-addicted, runaway boys? (No, not
would you call a man of whom, as regards sexual preference, his own friend and
biographer confessed, “Harvey always had a penchant for young waifs with
substance abuse problems”?
recent interview with http://OneNewsNow.com, I called this man “demonstrably,
categorically an evil man based on his [statutory] rape of teenage boys.”
But you can
call him Harvey Milk.
Milk’s only claim to fame is that he was the first openly homosexual candidate
to be elected to public office (San Francisco City Commissioner). His chief
cause was to do away with the Judeo-Christian sexual ethic. In 1978 Milk was
murdered over a non-related political dispute by fellow Democrat Dan White.
a “progressive” martyr was born.
Webster defines “pederast” as “one who practices anal intercourse especially
with a boy.” It defines “statutory rape” as “the crime of having sex with
someone who is younger than an age that is specified by law.”
Milk was both a pederast and, by extension, a statutory rapist. After I
publicly addressed this objective reality in the above-mentioned interview, the
liberal blogosphere reacted in, shall we say, an informatively defensive
Huffington Post headline screamed: “Harvey Milk Was An ‘Evil Man’ Who Raped
Teenage Boys, Unworthy of Postage Stamp: Matt Barber.”
always-amusing Right Wing Watch blog breathlessly posted my comments with the
header: “Barber: ‘Harvey Milk Was Demonstrably, Categorically an Evil Man.’”
what’s especially telling about their reaction. Not one of the dozen-or-more
publications that reported on my comments even challenged their veracity. Not
one attempted to refute or deny that Harvey Milk was, in fact, a pederast and a
because they can’t.
of Milk’s victims was a 16-year-old runaway from Maryland named Jack Galen
McKinley. As previously mentioned, Milk had a soft spot in his, um, heart for
teenage runaways. Motivated by an apparent quid pro quo of prurience, Milk
plucked McKinley from the street.
Shilts was a San Francisco Chronicle reporter and close friend to Harvey Milk.
Though Shilts died of AIDS in 1994, he remains, even today, one of the most
beloved journalists in the “LGBT” community.
was also Harvey Milk’s biographer. In his glowing book “The Mayor of Castro
Street,” he wrote of Milk’s “relationship” with the McKinley boy: ” …
Sixteen-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.”
sane world, of course, the only direction his “new lover” should have pulled
him was toward San Quentin. But, alas, today’s America – a burgeoning
relativist land of make-believe – is anything but sane.
Thomasson, child advocate and founder of http://SaveCalifornia.com, is one of the
nation’s foremost experts on Harvey Milk. Of the Shilts biography, Thomasson
notes, “Explaining Milk’s many flings and affairs with teenagers and young men,
Randy Shilts writes how Milk told one ‘lover’ why it was OK for him to also
have multiple relationships simultaneously: ‘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 lifestyle. There’s no reason
why you can’t love more than one person at a time.’”
McKinley, a disturbed runaway boy, desperately sought a “father figure” to
provide empathy, compassion, wisdom and direction, he instead found Harvey
Milk: a promiscuous sexual predator who found, in McKinley, an opportunity to
satisfy a perverse lust for underage flesh.
later McKinley committed suicide.
teen who crossed paths with Harvey Milk was Christian convert and former homosexual
Gerard Dols. In a 2008 radio interview with Concerned Women for America, Dols
shared of how – as a physically disabled teen – the “very nice” Harvey Milk had
encouraged him in 1977 to run away from his Minnesota home and come to San
to Dols, Milk told him, “Don’t tell your parents,” and later sent him a letter
with instructions. Thankfully, the letter was intercepted by Dols’ parents who
then filed a complaint with the Minnesota attorney general’s office.
incident was evidently swept under the rug.
what does a man like Harvey Milk get for his apparent crimes? While most sexual
predators get time in prison and a dishonorable mention on the registry of sex
offenders, Harvey Milk got his own California state holiday (“Harvey Milk Day”)
and, more recently, his own commemorative postage stamp, awarded by the Obama
troubling as the postage stamp may be, to me – the father of a
soon-to-be-teenage boy – the specter of having a “Harvey Milk Day” forced upon
millions of California children, parents and educators is even more troubling.
Especially in light of Milk’s own sordid history with minors.
so, and quite obviously, not everyone agrees. Some have said that my
reality-based assessment of Harvey Milk is “uncivil.” Our historical
revisionist friends on the left tend to get a bit snooty when you publicly
deconstruct one of their meticulously fabricated mythical martyrs.
find that odd.
me, even the mere notion of elevating, to hero status, a man who statutorily
raped teenage boys, is what’s uncivil.
Matt Barber (@jmattbarber
on Twitter) is an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. He serves as
Vice President of Liberty Counsel
Action . (This information is provided for identification