Praying chaplain faces court date

Praying chaplain faces court date

August 11, 2006

A priest in the Evangelical Episcopal Church who has served as a U.S. Navy chaplain is asking a military court to dismiss a series of complaints filed against him after he was caught praying in “Jesus” name.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled Monday for Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt, who is accused of participating in a March 30 event with former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore in front of the White House. He’s also accused of telling the congregation at the funeral of an accident victim the man had given his life to “Christ” . . . [Click for more]

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Posted on August 13, 2006, in News and politics. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. This man was not penalized for praying in the name of Jesus, but for many other things. I am in the Navy and hear our chaplains pray in Jesus name many times. There is not so much of a hint of awkwardness when done in the right context. His main offense was showing up at a political rally in uniform. This is an huge no-no (and well known for us active duty folks) for military members. There were many substantial allegations against him. This praying thing is something he focuses on to sway public opinion and make him relevant. With that said Chaplains know full well that they are entering a religiously pluralistic environment and there are certain limitations placed on them to respect the first amendment rights of all service members. It would be inappropriate for a chaplain to pray in Jesus name when praying with a group of Jewish sailors which would be blasphemous to them for example. Chaplains must respect the rights of all service members.

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