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February 20, 2010

Historical Artifact: Harvey Milk's Letter to Jimmy Carter Defending Jim Jones

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at February 20, 2010 9:20 PM

In 1978, left-wing radical San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk --- who would later be the subject of a fawning and award-winning Sean Penn hagiography --- wrote a letter to Jimmy Carter praising Cult Leader Jim Jones, which has to rank as the all-time champion moonbat convergence. (Hat Tip: Ace)

Said Milk:

Rev. Jones is widely known in the minority communities here and elsewhere as a man of the highest character, who has undertaken constructive remedies for social problems which have been amazing in their scope and effectiveness. He is also highly regarded amongst church, labor, and civic leaders of a wide range of political persuasions. Our own Board of Supervisors has presented Rev. Jones with a Certificate of Honor, unanimously passed by all members, praising the church for its many projects "which have been so beneficial to all the citizens of the Bay Area." On the same occasion, he was also presented with a unanimously passed resolution by a Republican State Senator, Milton Marks representing that legislative body.

Jones, of course, went on to lead his followers to a mass suicide in Guyana; from which we get the expression "Kool-Aid Drinker" to describe blindly devoted followers of a political or personality cult.

One of the advantages to being a Religious Right Wingnut is you can spot a phony cult a mile away. It's the progressive lefties that always seem to get taken in by slick cult leaders, especially if there's a "minority community" angle.