So Sean Penn and Mark Leno think San Francisco should have a Harvey Milk Day. I think this is an excellent idea, but I would like to take it one step further.
San Francisco already has the Moscone Convention Center, named after the martyred mayor. Yet no one, to my knowledge, has proposed any official remembrance for the man who helped both men to power and whom they, in turn, rewarded with the money, prestige, and patronage that made his own grand project possible: the Reverend Jim Jones. I believe he merits, at the very least, a statue in front of City Hall. Justice demands it.
Daniel Flynn has concisely and elegantly recapped the S.F. Left's love affair with the evangelical Communist Jones. It's well worth a read. Don't miss the link to Harvey Milk's letter to then-President Carter, a mere nine months before the Jonestown Massacre, demanding that Jones's critics be silenced.