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We written several articles previously about this dipshit, ex-Navy chaplain, Gordon James Klingenschmitt, but he's back in the news for more illegal and immoral posturing. All in Jesus' name, of course.
You may remember when Klingenschmitt was a Navy chaplain, he made a big fuss about not being able to pray in Jesus' name at non-sectarian military events.
He never seemed to get that bit about obeying orders. So, he continued his defiant ways, even stood in front of the White House in uniform, and, according to Americans United, he violated military regulations by "speaking at a Religious Right rally," also wearing his uniform.
The U.S. Navy finally had enough of this clown and suggested he resign. He refused and demanded a court-martial. Heh. Heh. He got his wish. He was court-martialed which resulted in his being "drummed out of the service."
But the asshat hasn't gone away! On his website, Pray in Jesus Name, Klingenschmitt appears in uniform and he's referred to as "chaplain." Undoubtedly, Klingenschmitt hoped people would infer that he was an active-duty chaplain doing his best to save souls but hindered by the heavy hand of the godless Naval hierarchy.
Hmmm. Seems such goings-on are illegal. To use a military uniform by a non-military person to imply that non-military person is, in fact, in the military, is a crime.
So, American United for Separation of Church and State along with Mikey Weinstein and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, wrote a nice little note to our U.S. Navy honchos suggesting that they might want to investigate Mr. Klingenschmitt and tell him to please quit pretending he's a U.S. Navy chaplain.
Klingenschmitt, being a man of some god or other, got really pissed. But, he did, all of a sudden put up a disclaimer on his website that he's not a Navy chaplain any more. Doesn't mean much because he's still described as a Navy chaplain and he signs his letters with the title of chaplain. A sneaky little asshole.
Then, [from Chris Rodda with a h/t to Hemant Mehta at Friendly Atheist], it appears Mr. Gordon James Klingenschmitt appealed to his almighty god of frustrated former chaplains for Jesus, and here's part of what he said in a morning prayer:
"Let us pray. Almighty God, today we pray imprecatory prayers from Psalm 109 against the enemies of religious liberty, including Barry Lynn and Mikey Weinstein, who recently issued a press release attacking me personally. God, do not remain silent, for wicked men surround me and tell lies about me. We bless them, but they curse us. Therefore, find them guilty, not me. Let their days be few, and replace them with Godly people. Plunder their fields, and seize their assets. Cut off their descendants, and remember their sins, in Jesus' name. Amen."
There doesn't seem to be much difference between the god of Klingenschmitt and the devil.
Years ago, while teaching geography in middle school, I had a little girl from Haiti become very angry with me because she was intellectually incapable of keeping up with the class. So one day she brought a voodoo doll to class, filled with pins. This was supposed to bring me great pain and suffering, perhaps even death.
There isn't a hill of beans bit of difference between Klingenschmitt's religion and the voodoo of the little Haitian girl!
Unless, of course anything untoward happens to Barry Lynn or Mikey Weinstein. Then Gordon James Klingenschmitt should be arrested and tried as the criminal he is.
One additional note. Klingenschmitt also tried to organize police chaplains in Virginia demanding that they be allowed to pray in Jesus' name at police events. It didn't work.
The video below, from the Christian Broadcasting Network, gives you a feel for the stupidity of it all.