Calling slain civil rights hero Harvey Milk a “predator” on its website this week, the fundamentalist Christian group American Family Association (AFA) urged members to refuse any mail postmarked with a recently-released commemorative stamp featuring the late San Francisco supervisor.
“Harvey Milk was a very disreputable man and used his charm and power to prey on young boys with emotional problems and drug addiction,” reads the AFA’s press release. “He is the last person we should be featuring on a stamp.”
Milk, who in 1977 became the first openly gay person elected to public office in California, served just 11 months on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors before he was assassinated along with Mayor George Moscone on Nov. 27, 1978. Dan White, a fellow supervisor, was charged with murder, but convicted of voluntary manslaughter -- a lesser charge -- instead.
In the short time he was in office, Milk played an instrumental role in passing a gay rights ordinance considered at the time to be the toughest in the nation. President Obama posthumously awarded him the Medal of Freedom in 2009.
On May 22, in honor of Harvey Milk Day, the U.S. Postal Service released a much-anticipated series of stamps featuring the gay rights icon. But AFA -- listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center -- criticized the move as the “result of seven years of lobbying by a self-described drag queen.”
Read the AFA’s full release:
With last week's release of the Harvey Milk postage stamp by the United States Postal Service, AFA wants you to know the truth behind it.The Harvey Milk stamp was a result of seven years of lobbying by a self-described drag queen (a biologi cal man with implanted breasts) and former transsexual prostitute Nicole Murray Ramirez of San Diego.Honoring predator Harvey Milk on a U.S. postage stamp is disturbing to say the least. Harvey Milk was a very disreputable man and used his charm and power to prey on young boys with emotional problems and drug addiction. He is the last person we should be featuring on a stamp.Note the hypocrisy of the postal service's "Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee," which claims it "commemorates positive contributions to American life, history, and culture," but specifically states st amps "shall not be issued to honor religious institutions or individuals whose principal achievements are associated with religious undertakings or beliefs."Randy Shilts, a homosexual San Francisco Chronicle reporter, wrote a favorable and sordid biography of Milk in "The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk."According to Shilts, Milk repeatedly engaged in adult-child sex and advocated for multiple homosexual relationships at the same time.Unfortunately, the deed is done. The United States Postal Service honored a child predator at the whim of a drag queen. Read AFA’s press release here.Furthermore, the radical homosexual lobby will undoubtedly encourage businesses to use these stamps - all in the name of inclusiveness, political correctness and diversity. This is not diversity; this is perversity.What you can do…1. Refuse to accept the Harvey Milk stamp if offered by your local post office. Instead, ask for a stamp of the United States flag.2. Refuse to accept mail at your home or business if it is postmarked with the Harvey Milk stamp. Simply write 'Return to Sender" on the envelope and tell your postman you won't accept it.