Conservative Group Encourages Parents to Keep Kids Home from School on "Harvey Milk Day"

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Next Tuesday, May 22, is "Harvey Milk Day" in California.

The observance is meant to honor the first openly gay man elected to public office, but leaders of Save California say that day will be about sexual indoctrination and not education in California classrooms.

"Now little children are being indoctrinated to think that something that's unhealthy is health and that something unnatural is natural," said Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com.

What's unnatural according to Thomasson is that for the second year in a row, public schools will be encouraged to  recognize the accomplishments of the San Francisco supervisor who was assassinated in 1978 because of his sexual preference.

Thomasson says, according to Milk's official biographer Randy Shilts, Milk isn't a character worthy of honor.

"Shilts, a gay man himself who died of AIDS, put facts in this biography that Harvey Milk went after teen boys,” said Thomasson.

According to state Senator Mark Leno, all that is just family fear-mongering by the leader of an organization recognized as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

“I hope this interview will open their eyes to the fact that Harvey milk was a champion of all people...whether it was the elderly, poor, children...those with disabilities or for the LGBT community,” said Leno.

The observance is not a state holiday and doesn't cost California a cent.

The campaign by SaveCalifornia.com online and on the airwaves could cost though.

"Plan to keep your children or grandchildren home from school so they don't get brainwashed,” said Thomasson.

Schools districts are funded by the state based on their average daily attendance.

Money walks out the door with your child - philosophical protest or not.

A school forced to operate with less cash could be detrimental to your child in its own right.

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