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Harvey Milk 'icon' by Br. Robert Lentz, OFM.

November 30, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A ‘Catholic LGBT’ ministry known as Out at St. Paul has insinuated that murdered LGBT activist, politician, and sexual predator Harvey Milk is a saint to whom one can ask for spiritual favors. 

“Harvey Milk, pray for us,” entreated the group earlier this week as it promoted an article featuring a ‘religious icon’ of Milk.  

The New York City group, evidently, would like to see Milk, who died 40 years ago, canonized.  Yet Harvey Milk was not even Christian: he was a ‘gay’ secular Jew. 

Harvey Milk was no 'saint'

The facts about Milk’s life are inconvenient truths for the pro-LGBT Catholics who celebrate this ‘gay’ man and his legacy.  

San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, who made history in the 1970’s as the state’s first openly homosexual elected official, has been elevated to a martyr, despite the details of his life differing greatly from the popular narrative.  

Milk and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by Dan White, a former police officer and former city supervisor, on Nov. 27, 1978. 

Omitted from most accounts of Milk’s life are his alleged sexual relationships with underage boys.  

Milk was attracted to “boyish-looking men in their late teens and early 20s,” wrote Randy Shilts, a homosexual friend of Milk in his biography. “Harvey always had a penchant for young waifs with substance-abuse problems.” One of his young victims was allegedly Jack Galen McKinley, a 16-year-old runaway from Maryland. Jones also had a relationship with a 25-year-old alcoholic named Jack Lira, who eventually killed himself.

Milk also had a close relationship with infamous cult leader Jim Jones, responsible for the forced suicides of over 900 people in the infamous Jonestown massacre, just nine days before Milk’s death.

Jones provided Milk “with a printing press, gave him hundreds of campaign ‘volunteers,’ yielded the Peoples Temple pulpit to him, and provided free publicity to him in the Peoples Forum newspaper,” said Daniel Flynn in an interview published in FrontPage Magazine last month. 

In exchange, Milk publicly vouched for Jones.

Despite Milk’s reputation for sexual predation, the federal government under the Obama administration honored Milk with not only a postage stamp, but a Naval ship bearing his name.

Glorifying Harvey Milk with a ‘religious’ icon

Robert Lentz OFM, a Franciscan friar and religious icon painter, created the Harvey Milk “icon.” 

“Critics accused Lentz of glorifying sin and creating propaganda for a progressive socio-political agenda,” according to a report about the icon in the pro-homosexual publication QSpirit.  “The icon has also been criticized for portraying Milk, a secular Jew, in a iconographic style rooted in Christian tradition.”   

Lesbian 'Christian' author Kittredge Cherry wrote in the QSpirit article that the icon can be interpreted as “respect for a hero.”

“The halo in the Harvey Milk icon can be seen as a sign of respect for a hero who promoted universal human values beyond any particular religion,” she wrote. “As one admirer wrote in a Facebook debate on the issue, ‘For that liberating work, he can have as many halos as I can give him. Crown him with many crowns!’” 

'Out at Saint Paul' tweeted the QSpirit article along with an image of Milk's “icon.”

Located at St. Paul parish in New York City, Out at Saint Paul participates in and promotes homosexual “pride” events, promotes groups that encourage those with same-sex attraction to embrace and act on it, and otherwise implicitly encourages those suffering with same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria to act upon their inclinations in conflict with Church teaching. 

The group has received praise from pro-homosexual Jesuit priest Fr. James Martin. He tweeted last June: “'Out at St. Paul' is one of the most vibrant Catholic #LGBT ministries in the country, perhaps the world,” adding that the group is “a model for many parishes.” Martin has speculated, contrary to Catholic teaching, that some saints “were probably gay.”

While glorifying Harvey Milk as if he were a saint the group portrayed recently deceased Bishop Robert Morlino, a stalwart defender of Catholic teaching as an “enemy.”  

“Say a prayer for Bishop Robert Morlino, who died last night. He was one of the most outspoken opponents of LGBTQ people in the Catholic Church,” tweeted the group, adding, “‘But I say to you, Love your enemies: do good to them that hate you: and pray for them that persecute…’”

LifeSiteNews reached out to the Archdiocese of New York seeking comment on the tweet.  The archdiocese has not responded.​

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Doug Mainwaring is a journalist for LifeSiteNews, an author, and a marriage, family and children's rights activist.  He has testified before the United States Congress and state legislative bodies, originated and co-authored amicus briefs for the United States Supreme Court, and has been a guest on numerous TV and radio programs.  Doug and his family live in the Washington, DC suburbs.