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Outrage As Obama Navy Sec. Bypasses War Heroes To Name Ship For Gay Child Molester...

Outrage As Obama Navy Sec. Bypasses War Heroes To Name Ship For Gay Child Molester...

The Washington Times

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has riled conservatives by once again naming a warship after a liberal activist, in this case slain gay rights icon Harvey Milk.

Conservatives say there is an ample list of Navy and Marine Corps war heroes and longtime maritime leaders who would be more fitting choices for the TAO-125 fleet-replenishment oiler.

But Mr. Mabus has veered from tradition to affix the names of liberal Democrats, such as Milk, to war vessels in a special and coveted military honor during his long tenure as President Obama’s only Navy secretary.

Milk deliberately misled voters in his San Francisco Castro Street district about his Navy service, according to a biography.

He was honorably discharged a lieutenant (junior grade) in 1955 after serving just short of four years. But to burnish his reputation amid the growing homosexual movement, he repeatedly told predominantly gay voters that he was a victim of discrimination. The Navy kicked him out because he was gay, he said. He ran for and won a seat on the city’s Board of Supervisors, the first openly gay person to achieve an election victory.

“If anyone said something to Harvey about his fondness for such stunts, he would gesture wildly as he launched into a lecture,” Randy Shilts wrote in his Milk biography, “The Mayor of Castro Street.” “‘Symbols, symbols, symbols,’ he insisted. Sure, he had not been kicked out of the military, but he had a dozen friends who had had their lives muddled by anti-gay purges in the services. The point of the story was to let people know that service personnel routinely do get kicked out. Besides, he once confided, ‘Maybe people will read it, feel sorry for me, and then vote for me.’”

Shilts also wrote that Milk said he had been a chief petty officer onboard the USS Kittiwake, which the author described as an aircraft carrier but was actually a submarine rescue vessel. That senior enlisted rank would seem to have been difficult for Milk to attain because he spent less than four years in the Navy. Shilts wrote that Milk entered Officer Candidate School eight months after enlisting.

The Washington Times asked the Navy to provide Milk’s ranks and type of discharge. A spokesman said his service record was in an archive and not immediately available.

‘Long list of war heroes’

The American Family Association has cited another storyline in Shilts’ biography: Milk’s penchant for post-pubescent boys.

“Milk was a pederast,” Bryan Fischer, a host on the American Family Radio network, wrote on the American Family Association’s home page. “Milk conducted a notorious fling with a 16-year-old runaway boy, Jack Galen McKinley, an escapade which makes Milk a rapist (of the statutory kind), and someone who belonged in San Quentin and on a registry of sex offenders rather than on a postage stamp. McKinley subsequently committed suicide after Milk was through with him.” Keep reading...

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