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While Losing Wars, U.S. Military Celebrates Pederast Harvey Milk

USNS Harvey Milk

The leaders of the U.S. military have learned from decades of their failed wars that diversity is strength. So they’ve named a shiny new ship after known predator of underage boys Harvey Milk.

The U.S. Navy launched the USNS Harvey Milk in San Diego on Saturday, named for the first openly homosexual man elected to public office in California. Milk has an even stronger legacy, though: He was a pederast.

“He made a difference,” said Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro during Saturday’s ceremony. “That’s the kind of naval leader that we need.”

The politician had a proclivity for male minors, who included 16-year-old Jack Galen McKinley. Milk’s biographer Randy Shilts wrote about the predator’s runaway lover McKinley in his biography, “The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk.”

“Sixteen-year-old McKinley was looking for some kind of father figure. … At 33, Milk was launching a new life, though he could hardly have imagined the unlikely direction toward which his new lover would pull him,” Shilts wrote.

According to his biographer, Milk would prime troubled, underage boys and young men with booze and drugs, then coerce them into sexual acts. One of his young boyfriends, 25-year-old Jack Lira, was just another “young waif with substance-abuse problems” for Milk to prey on, according to Shilts. The young man hanged himself from Milk’s back porch at the politician’s Henry Street residence in 1978.

The Obama administration was the first to propose naming a ship after Milk, who was dishonorably discharged from the Navy after he was interrogated about his sexual behavior in 1955. The ex-naval officer worked his way up the political ladder and was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977.

Milk’s questionable morals manifested in his political career as well. Milk’s early campaign was funded in part by Jim Jones, infamous cult leader of the Peoples Temple and orchestrator of the mass murder-suicide in Jonestown, Guyana on November 18, 1978. Milk openly praised the cult, spoke at the Temple on numerous occasions, and wrote Jones personally.

“Rev. Jim, it may take me many a day to come back down from the high that I reach today. I found something dear today,” Milk wrote to Jones after he hosted a rally at the Temple. “I found a sense of being that makes up for all the hours and energy placed in a fight. I found what you wanted me to find. I shall be back. For I can never leave.”

Jones was also a known sexual molester and abused his male followers often. You’d think celebrated gay rights activist Milk learned his lesson after 900 of Jones’s followers were brutally massacred in Guyana, but he didn’t. He doubled down on his support for the cult leader.

After the mass suicide, Milk called Jones’s commune “a great experiment that didn’t work. I don’t know, maybe it did.”

Despite his obvious affinity for criminal behavior, Milk had one thing going for him: He was gay. And that’s apparently all today’s U.S. military cares about.

Once U.S. generals were famous for their skill and courage. Today’s incompetent military generals, however, prioritize degenerate moral preening over warfighting.

Instead of training soldiers, making good use of taxpayer dollars, or winning wars, the military has embarked on a leftist political crusade. It doesn’t matter that a sexual predator’s name is now stamped across a Navy vessel, it matters that a gay activist gets his spotlight.

To top it all off, the ship was christened by Paula M. Neira, the first transgender Navy veteran to have his DD-214 discharge documentation updated to reflect false pronouns. Neira said his greatest service to the country and Navy came after hanging up his uniform. Here’s what a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs writeup on Neira says about that post-military “service”:

As a member of the Maryland bar since 2001, Neira became a leader in the effort to bury the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy and change the military’s transgender regulations. From 2008 to 2016, she [sic] served as the nurse educator in emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins. In November 2016, she [sic] became the Clinical Program Director of the John Hopkins Center for Transgender Health.

“When the Harvey Milk sails, she will send a very strong message both domestically and around the globe to everybody that believes in freedom and justice and liberty, that there is a place for you in this family,” Neira said.