Military Chaplains Under Attack
June 13, 2011
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Gordon Klingenschmitt is a former U.S. Navy Chaplain who made national headlines when he was vindicated by Congress after he took a stand for the rights of military chaplains to pray publicly in the name of Jesus. He was told repeatedly not to do this because he was told that this denigrates those of other faiths.
Upon continuing the practice he was ousted from the military, but due in part to citizen input, Congress rebuked the Navy, and eventually rescinded their policy regarding chaplains. Navy lawyers refused to “grandfather” that legislative victory to Klingenschmitt’s case and the Navy honorably but involuntarily discharged him after 16 years of service.