The Liberty Bell. Jefferson’s Monticello and George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Mount Rushmore. The Supreme Court building and the White House. Delaware’s “Old Courthouse.” The Daniel Webster law office in Massachusetts.
All are protected by the federal government to preserve the nation’s heritage.
And soon, the list could include a camera shop in San Francisco formerly owned by Harvey Milk, the homosexual city official who, according to a biographer, pursued young boys most of his life and supported the leader of the Jonestown suicide cult.
The federal government has announced plans to set up an 18-member team within the National Park Service to consider sites of “significance” to the “history of lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual Americans.”
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s appointees will “identify relevant sites” to be considered for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, as a National Historic Landmark or as a national monument.
Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis said: “The Park Service is, in my view, America’s storyteller through place. It’s important that the places we recognize represent the full complement of the American experience.”
Among the locations that could be considered is Milk’s former camera shop in San Francisco, where he became a controversial character on several fronts.
WND reported when, after state officials in California designated a “Harvey Milk Day” in public schools, family groups organized to encourage parents to send their children to private schools or homeschools instead.
Lawmakers who adopted the special recognition for Milk didn’t make a point of highlighting Milk’s ties to cult leader Jim Jones. Milk spoke at several political rallies at Jones’ Peoples Temple and said Jones was known “as a man of the highest character, who has undertaken constructive remedies for social problems which have been amazing in their scope and effectiveness.”
‘An increasingly despotic secularist movement’
Federal officials said the study of possible sites is being funded by Denver homosexual activist Tim Gill, whose millions come from the Quark software empire.
Gill has declared “LGBT history is American history.”
“While we take this important step to recognize the courageous contributions of LGBT Americans, we need to unite … to ensure we leave none of our fellow Americans behind,” he said.
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The announcement immediately drew a warning from Ed Vitagliano of the American Family Association, an advocate for millions of American families.
“The homosexual movement and its activists have been quite successful in pushing this ideology and now framing the debate,” he said.
He said the “sexual revolution” arose from increasing secularization, which has turned the U.S. into a nation “our Founders would not recognize.”
“The country is no longer being run by ‘We the People.’ The country is being run by activist federal judges, it is being run by a fairly lawless executive branch,” he said. “And there is really no real counterweight to that movement except for the church. And far too often the church remains quiet on this issue.”
Vitagliano said the foundations of the nation were changed by the elite without permission of the people, and now there is “no stopping” the movement.
“The people will not be allowed to decide what is and is not right. They will not be allowed to decide what types of national sites will be honored. So the American people will become the subjects of an increasingly despotic, secularist movement,” he said.
But Vitagliano said there is hope.
“The only hope our nation has to return to its origins and in our opinion to return to what made this country strong is a spiritual awakening, a revival that is unprecedented in human history since the first century. That’s the only way to change this nation,” he said.
“Whatever political and cultural changes follow, the prerequisite is that awakening.”
In January, the Bay Area Reporter, an LGBT publication, reported “the lack of LGBT historic sites” was garnering the attention of National Park Service officials.
The report said staff from the National Register of Historic Places and the national Historic Landmarks Program hosted a webinar in October “to discuss how LGBT community leaders can work with the National Park Service to locate, document, and protect sites associated with LGBT history.”
The online meeting was described as a “coming out of sorts for the National Park Service LGBTQ Initiative.”
The Stonewall Inn, where homosexuals rioted against laws affirming morality, already has such a designation, as do a couple of other Eastern seaboard sites.