Dear [Rep/Sen] [First/Lastname]:

This petition requests that you amend the NDAA to let all military chaplains pray freely according to conscience.

The persecution of military chaplains who pray "in Jesus' name," is widespread and systematic. 65 Chaplains are suing the Navy, after being denied promotion because of their religious beliefs. Political correctness is censoring chaplains, allowing the government to dictate "which God" the chaplain may pray to, or what "illegal words" may not be uttered during prayer, when a chaplain gives an invocation. This clearly violates the Chaplains' First Amendment rights.

Former Navy Chaplain Klingenschmitt was wrongly court-martialed in 2006, (and later vindicated by Congress), when the military judge declared "worshipping in public" was not protected by federal law. He had written permission to wear his uniform during any act of "religious observance" but the judge ruled his prayer was not religious. The Chaplain lost his 16-year career and pension.

To resolve and prevent such religious discrimination in the future, please complete the work begun by the late Congressman Walter Jones, who wanted the following words inserted into the NDAA: **Amend the following sections of US Code Title 10 to include Section 3547 U.S. Army, Section 4337 U.S. Military Academy, Section 6031 U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, Section 6972 U.S. Naval Academy, Section 8547 U.S. Air Force, Section 9337 U.S. Air Force Academy, to read as follows: "If called upon to lead a prayer outside of a religious service, a chaplain shall have the prerogative to close the prayer according to the traditions, expressions, and religious exercises of the endorsing faith group."

Please amend the NDAA to protect Chaplains' right to pray "in Jesus' name."


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G & F.M. Colorado

“Our entire family is military veteran… and my 97 year old mother and I were blessed seeing your show on TV… we are very thankful for Christian brothers like you in this life that have the ‘grit’ to stand up for their beliefs & dedications with Jesus Christ like you have done…

Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt

About Dr. Chaps

Gordon James Klingenschmitt (aka “Dr. Chaps”) is the national TV show host of PIJN NEWS on the NRB network, affiliate faculty at Colorado Christian University, and the former Navy Chaplain who dared to pray “in Jesus’ name.” An ordained Pentecostal minister, he earned his PhD in Theology from Regent University and is ranked among “the top 1% most endorsed in United States for Preaching” by Linkedin in 2013. Learn More