Gordon Klingenschmitt, a former U.S. Navy chaplain who made a name for himself by disobeying orders, is back again...Damn!
Now he's going around the country causing even further trouble, riling up people who think that as public servants they should be able to pray in public "in Jesus' name."
Maybe we could carve out a piece of Alaska - Wasilla, perhaps - and give it to all these morons who want the U.S. of A. to be a "christianist" nation. That way they could hang posters of the Ten Commandments anywhere they wanted, even on a moose. They could pray in Jesus' name from morning 'til night and riding around on their snow "machines." They could pray in their schools -- at football games, hockey games and graduation ceremonies. They could put up creches in front of their courthouse. They could ban abortions and send homosexuals back to the United States. All their laws could be based on the book of Leviticus in the Hebrew Bible. And they could train grizzlies to eat up all the heretics.
What a joy that would be! We'd get them the hell out of the U.S.
But that ain't a-gonna happen. So Klingenschmitt is in the state of Virginia organizing a rally to protest that state trooper "chaplains" are not allowed to pray in Jesus' name. The rally was held in front of Governor Tim Kaine's home in Richmond.
"More than a thousand people gathered to show their support for six Virginia state police chaplains, who were forced to resign for praying in Jesus' name."
Well, not quite. "The troopers still have their jobs - they're just no longer serving as chaplains."
State policy, according to CBN News, prohibits chaplains from praying in Jesus' name.
The "chaplain" troopers are pissed. Their rights are being trampled, they say. That's kinda like Sarah Palin complaining that her first amendment rights to say whatever she wants are threatened by the media daring to ask her questions.
It won't do any good, but let's try this again: This is NOT a Christian nation! Christianists need to get over it. If we've got to nod to god at public events, leave the name of Jesus out of it! And why does a state agency need chaplains anyway? There are churches/temples/mosques on just about every street corner promoting their particular brand of salvation -- if state troopers need religious guidance, all they have to do is pull to the curb and find the priest/preacher/rabbi/imam.
And why can't Klingenschmitt get a real job?