Saturday, August 8, 2009

Harvey Milk a Hero?

noah_webster_dictionary_1828HE’RO, n. [L. heros; Gr. a demigod.]

1. A man of distinguished valor, intrepidity or enterprise in danger; as a hero in arms.

2. A great, illustrious or extraordinary person; as a hero in learning. [Little used.]

3. In a poem, or romance, the principal personage, or the person who has the principal share in the transactions related; as Achilles in the Iliad, Ulysses in the Odyssey, and Aeneas in the Aeneid.

4. In pagan mythology, a hero was an illustrious person, mortal indeed, but supposed by the populace to partake of immortality, and after his death to be placed among the gods.

America has lowered the bar for what defines a hero and because of this mis-definition, anyone can claim the title without doing anything for his or her fellow man. Harvey Milk is not a hero, he is not a man distinguished by valor, intrepidity or enterprise in danger. He may have served in the armed forces and we thank him for that service, but this does not deem him hero status and worthy of a day named in his honor. He lived a lifestyle that he chose to promote through the political process, rising up through the ranks and fighting for his homosexual community. But that doesn’t elevate him to hero status either, as most politicians fight for what he or she believes in, passionately and persistently. This is the just part of the job and Harvey Milk did his job. Give him a shiny gold star for his star chart and an “Atta boy”, but don’t give him a day of honor!

To place Harvey Milk on the level with great Americans who in fact hold hero status because of their lives, their personal integrity, and character, is to negate the very actions that made these individuals great and worthy of honor. We place hero status on athletes, actors, musicians and politicians, for what? What have most of these people done that can be deemed worthy of honorable mention? Most have gained popularity at best and infamy at worst, without a hint of serving their fellow man. Yet even in following the golden rule, one should never seek recognition, as this should be part of a civil society, not a heroic deed!

The firemen who saved people from the Twin Towers melting frame are heroes, because though it was their job, they continued to work around the clock for the love of their fellow man. Where is their calendar day? Why doesn’t the California School Board have a day for heroic 911 volunteers?

What about the men and women who paid the most extravagant price, serving our country and giving up their lives to protect our rights to even have this conversation? What about Cpl. Jason L. Dunham of Scio, New York, who posthumously received America’s highest military decoration two years and nine months after succumbing to a mortal brain injury while fighting in Iraq? What about the soldiers who gave it all and their families who sacrificed their loved ones for America. Perhaps they could have a day named in their honor for the California Public School system.

The mothers and fathers who care for their cancer-ridden child, living in and out of hospitals and fighting for every second of their beloved child’s life are worthy of hero status. Where is their day California?

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What about the heroism of the child who undergoes chemotherapy and radiation, fighting to live, longing to play again? Do not these real life heroes deserve more recognition than Harvey Milk?


The Harvey Milk Day SB 572 is now lying on the desk of Governor Schwarzenegger. He has vetoed similar legislation, but is under much pressure to sign it into law this time. If signed, according to an email that is circulating, SB 572 would pressure every California public school to have an official Harvey Milk Day promoting the homosexual, bisexual, and transsexual agenda to children as young as kindergarten. The bill is written so broadly, that SB 572 would allow schools to determine what it considers suitable commemorative exercises.

State Senator Mark Leno reintroduced the bill and had Sean Penn, the actor who played Harvey Milk, at his side. Leno said that Penn’s Oscar demonstrates to Schwarzenegger that Harvey Milk now has “provincial interest” and therefore the Governor should sign it into law.

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I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker. Keller, Helen

Let our voices be the tiny pushes of honest Americans speaking loudly to Sacramento and to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger letting him know that Harvey Milk should not have hero status or a day on the calendar. Call Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at 916-445-2841 and let your opinion be known.


Anonymous said...

I'm appalled at havey milk being raised to hero status. And I am against having a havery milk day in schools. I am out raged at gays shoving their gayness down our throats. And now they are wanting to teach it to our kids? This makes me sick to my stomach..What happened to people morals in this country.

Anonymous said...

ehem... Harvey Milk openly advertised his homosexuality (gayness isn't a word) and DIED for it. He died for being himself.
That's what heroes do, right? But you said he was just doing his job. Well, isn't that what firefighters and police officers and soldiers do? And we view them as heroes. Aren't they just "doing their jobs"? And didn't they CHOOSE to become that? Makes you think doesn't it.

Anonymous said...

Was chirst not a hero?
Did he not DIE for his people just as Harvey did?
If Jesus was indeed a hero because he died for others,cured them,and made them feel as though they had a place in the world then Harvey is a hero too because that is exactly what he did.
God made love and thats what Harvey stood for.
Dont be ignorant think.

Anonymous said...

How were the actions of Martin Luther King Jr. any different than those of Harvey Milk? Are the rights of homosexuals not as important as the rights of African Americans? Both men stood up for their people, in a country that discriminated against them. Both men were assassinated for this brave act. The actions of these men impacted the way society views these minorities now. If you believe Martin Luther King Jr. deserves one day out of a year for being a hero, then Harvey Milk should too. In fact, compare the speech "You've gotta give them hope" to the "I have a dream" speech. The similarities are eerie.

GOP Thinker said...

"How were the actions of Martin Luther King Jr. any different than those of Harvey Milk?"

Anyone who wants to compare Harvey Milk to MLK needs to have their head examined.

For that matter, why not make JFK's birthday a holiday? He was killed just like Harvey Milk and was certainly much more influential.

"Was chirst [sic] not a hero?
Did he not DIE for his people just as Harvey did?"

Good heavens, now these militant gays are comparing Harvey Milk to Jesus Christ?!?! (facepalm)

"But you said he was just doing his job. Well, isn't that what firefighters and police officers and soldiers do? And we view them as heroes."

So how come you don't want to celebrate the birthdays of police officers and firefighters? Or is it just the gay ones you want to celebrate?

P.S.-I love how all these "proud" gays like to post anonymously. Cowards.

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Anonymous said...

Harvey Milk was not assassinated for being gay. On November 27, 1978, he and Mayor George Moscone were shot and killed by Dan White, a disgruntled former Supervisor who had resigned earlier. (credit to Conservapedia)

He was a grown man who liked to choose much younger men for his sexual partners. He took in a 16 or 17 year old as his lover shortly before being killed.

He is not hero.

Anonymous said...


The anon above me beat me to my comment.


straight asian female from sf who believes in gay rights. said...

Harvey Milk was in fact a hero. He was a symbol for the advancement of minorities; not just gays, but blacks, mexicans, asians. If a gay politician could be elected, what would the possibilities be for other races? What people fail to understand is that he stood for his beliefs. He didn't hide it. He knew that he would receive hate for being himself.
What is so wrong about having a Harvey Milk day in school? America celebrates Columbus day, a day where a foreigner took the land from native Americans and claimed it as his own. Do you understand that? Columbus day is about celebrating a man who stole. If that's what you would prefer we teach kids, to steal land so you can get a holiday, then I am afraid for the conservatives who lack common sense. Oh but wait, we aren't taught that Columbus basically killed off the Native Americans, are we? Because our schooling is so biased.
It just baffles me that there are people who minimize Harvey Milk's success. He was able to progress a gay rights movement that is still going on today. If you protest having a Harvey Milk, you must protest MLK as well since he was an advocate for a minority that so many people still have issues with.
We are a product of our time, so I must assume that most of you are either old or either living in a very conservative state. I must also assume that you are white and catholic.
And yes, he had a relationship with an 18 year old. Let's please not forget the multiple old straight white men who marry young women as trophy wives who later steal their money when they die.
At least Harvey Milk's lover wasn't after his benefits.
I wish you all luck, you closed-minded Americans for i bet at least one person in your family is in the closet and you make them feel unsafe.
Harvey Milk is a hero, despite what you say. I hope your kids will grow up to be nothing like you.

Anonymous said...

[Right on, SGP. Here's what I found on the WWW. Hope you like it. Ann]

Harvey Milk Stamped "Out" Forever !

The Obama Cabal is behind universal GAYety with a "forever" postage stamp glorifying Harvey Milk, a Jewish homosexual predator "attracted to boys aged 15-19," according to WikiAnswers! (Also see Wikipedia.)
Global gaydom was even predicted by Jesus (see "days of Lot" in Luke 17 and compare with Genesis 19).
And the Hebrew prophet Zechariah (14th chapter) says that during the same end-time gay "days" ALL nations will come against Israel and fulfill the "days of Noah" at the same time (see Luke 17 again) - a short time of anti-Jewish genocide found in Zechariah 13:8 when two-thirds of all Jews will die.
In other words, when "gay days" have become universal, all hell will break loose!
The same "days" will cause worldwide human government to collapse in just a few short years! For the first time ever there won't be enough time for anyone to attend college, have a family, enjoy retirement, etc. It will also be the last time anyone like ObabaBlackSheep will be able to keep pulling the wool over our eyes!
One final thought. The more we see gays "coming out," the sooner Jesus will be "coming down"!
For more, Google or Yahoo "God to Same-Sexers: Hurry Up," "Jesus Never Mentioned Homosexuality. When gays have birthdays...," "FOR GAYS ONLY: Jesus Predicted...," "USA - from Puritans to Impure-itans!" and "The Background Obama Can't Cover Up."
(PS: HOMOgenized Milk has been honored by Gov. Schwarzenaggravator as well as Pres. ObabaBlackSheep.)

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