Small-scale victory in a larger battle
May 13, 2011
Chad Groening – OneNewsNow
A former Navy chaplain is delighted that the Office of Navy Chaplains has backed off from its decision to allow military chapels to be used for same-sex “marriage” ceremonies in states where such unions are legal.
As reported earlier, Chief of Naval Chaplains Rear Admiral Mark Tidd recently sent out a directive allowing Navy chaplains to receive training on performing same-sex unions on military bases — but only in states where homosexual “marriage” is legal and only if the Pentagon officially certifies the new law allowing homosexuals to serve in the military. The Navy then reversed that decision, stating in a one-sentence memo it will undergo more thorough legal review.
Gordon Klingenschmitt, a former Navy chaplain who was forced out of the service for praying in Jesus’ name while in uniform, now runs “The Pray In Jesus Name Project.” He is pleased that 63 members of Congress, led by Congressman Todd Akin (R-Missouri), sent a letter to the Navy expressing their outrage over the decision.
“The public outrage was the key — and it stopped the homosexual agenda for the time being,” Klingenschmitt remarks. “So this lawless Navy chaplain — I think he’s a liberal Presbyterian minister — who tried to impose homosexual marriage on all the other chaplains, has been rebuked by Congress and put back in his place.”
But Klingenschmitt says the war is not over. “We need a new president and we need people who will rise up to defend our troops against this homosexual agenda which is being forced on the chaplains,” he urges. “If the people don’t rise up in the elections, then we’re probably not going to be able to win that battle in the long run.”
But the former chaplain is pleased that at least for the time being, same-gender marriages will not be performed in any naval chapels.