Thursday, May 04, 2006

Navy Chaplain Faces Court-Martial for Praying

Here is an update to the story I blogged about back in December, 2005. It is taken from KNBC TV in Los Angeles.

NORFOLK, Va. -- A chaplain stationed at Naval Station Norfolk said he could face court-martial for praying in uniform outside the White House.

Lt. Gordon Klingenschmitt said he prayed at a March 30 protest opposing Department of Defense rules forbidding military chaplains from invoking the name of Jesus Christ. He's accused of violating an order not to appear in uniform at news conferences in support of personal or religious issues.

The issue seems to hinge on whether his praying at the event was permissible participation at a bona fide religious service. Klingenschmitt is rejecting non-judicial punishment in favor of trial by court-martial.

In addition, he's filing a complaint against the Navy claiming the threat of punishment against him amounts to religious harassment and he's appealing to the White House to end what he claims are the military's attempts to take reprisals against a whistle-blower.

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Frank Weller said...

By the way, I totally think this guy looks like Bill Murray

Beth said...

He does look like Bill Murray.

And that's terrible. *harrumph*

(Am randomly hitting the "Next Blog" button and commenting on posts.)

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.