Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Chaplain May Be Disciplined for White House Prayer

According to a Citizen Link article dated May 1, 2006:

An evangelical Navy chaplain stationed at Norfolk, Va., says he faces disciplinary action for appearing at a news conference outside of the White House and praying -- while in uniform.

Lt. Gordon Klingenschmitt told CitizenLink he had permission in writing to make the appearance -- which he said was in connection with efforts to seek a presidential order allowing chaplains to pray in Jesus' name in public. But the Navy, he said, changed its rules midstream.

I thought that was what military chaplains were supposed to do - Pray. Aparently someone, or several someones, want to change the purpose of chaplains altogether.

Mathew Staver, attorney and president of Liberty Councel said, "The issue is whether the historic nature of prayer by chaplains will be altered so that they cannot pray in Jesus' name, in other than what's called a 'Divine service' -- for example, a chapel service on Sunday."


Anonymous said...

Get the facts here:

The chaplain had prior written permission from his command (and Navy Uniform Regs) to wear his uniform at this event, provided he limit his remarks to only prayers, which he obeyed. It's an open and shut case, and the chaplain will win.

Publius said...

Thanks for giving me the facts.