While the rest of the world was focused on the terrorist attacks in France, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus was busy putting another politically correct stamp on the military. On July 14, outlets are now reporting, the political appointee (and one of the staunchest activists for special LGBT privileges) inked his name to a notice that he planned on naming a new ship in honor of the late gay icon and San Francisco politician Harvey Milk. The news should be astounding to anyone familiar with Milk and his less-than-honorable life story. Although he served briefly in the Navy, nothing he did merits the kind of tribute Mabus is giving him.
As FRC's Peter Sprigg said when Milk was awarded a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom, "Milk is famous only for winning one election, being murdered -- and having sex with men." Now, the Navy seems intent on following in the administration's ridiculous footsteps and bestowing a great honor on someone primarily on the basis of his sex life. While the LGBT community has long idolized Milk for his decision to live openly, his Navy career is hardly the stuff of legend. In fact, one of the defining biographies on the man (written by a self-described "gay journalist") insists that Harvey "continued to engage in homosexual conduct while serving in the U.S. Navy" against the law. According to Peter, author Randy Shilts reports that Milk, who had his own apartment off base, would pick up hitchhiking sailors by offering them a bed to sleep in. What he didn't tell them is that it was his bed. "The guests often would not know that Milk's apartment had only one bed until they walked in the door."
"Milk later exploited his time in the Navy during his political career," Peter explains, "by lying about it, claiming falsely that he had received a dishonorable discharge for his homosexuality. Milk 'knew the story would make good copy,' according to Shilts. 'Maybe people will read it, feel sorry for me and then vote for me,' Milk told one campaign manager."