Sunday, 26 April 2009

The Continuing Tale of Court-Martialed Navy Chaplain

Gordon James Klingenschmitt was a Navy Chaplain who was court-martialed for refusing to follow orders, lying, and generally not acting like a navy officer should. Now he is getting into trouble with a website that gives the illusion that he is still a Navy chaplain. No suprise here, he is now calling for God to kill people he disagrees with.

Last November, I wrote about Cindy Jacobs who is a leader in the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement.
Cindy Jacobs is a leader in the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement within the larger Charismatic Christian community. NAR churches are extremely cult-like and controlling of their members.

These churches preach a warped version of the Prosperity Gospel. Unlike the general Charismatic or Pentecostal churches, NAR churches preach that Christians need to grab power in this world and control everything in order to bring about the return of Christ. According to Bruce Wilson:
As the top leader of the New Apostolic Reformation, which extensive evidence suggests is Sarah Palin's chosen religious and political movement, C. Peter Wagner proclaimed, on June 21, 2006, that "God has declared through His prophets that the wealth of the wicked will be released to the Kingdom of God," and Wagner declared, threateningly, "the enemies' camp will be plundered."
The highlighted statement "God has declared through His prophets that the wealth of the wicked will be released to the Kingdom of God," and Wagner declared, threateningly, "the enemies' camp will be plundered." will set the tone for this post.

Today, I read the latest about former navy chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt via Friendly Atheist. Ex-chaplain Klingenschmitt was court-martialed out of the navy for refusing to follow orders to honor religious pluralism in his duties as a navy chaplain. He has a website where he gives the impression that he is still a Navy Chaplain. Here is a little background on why Klingenschmitt was court-martialed.

Naval regulations forbid service members from wearing their uniforms to political or partisan events. This directive is clear and has been in place for a long time. Nevertheless, Klingenschmitt insisted on wearing his uniform to a Religious Right-hosted protest and press conference opposing the military’s inclusive policies on religion. He showed up on the street outside the White House in the company of former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, Religious Right activist Rob Schenck and Texas preacher-politician Rick Scarborough. (Americans United staffers were there, so we know. See picture.)
And here is a scathing interview from Klingensschmitt's former boss, Capt. Norm Holcomb:
Holcomb also clarifies an important point: Klingenschmitt, despite what his defenders say, was not punished for praying in the name of Jesus. He was court-martialed for refusing to follow orders. It’s a simple as that.
“I was the dishonored ex-chaplain’s supervisor for the past 2 years,” Holcomb wrote in his message. “I found him to be totally untruthful, unethical and insubordinate. He was and is contemptuous of all authority. He was not court martialed for praying in Jesus’ name. I sent him out in uniform every week to pray at various ceremonies and functions. He always prayed in uniform and in Jesus’ name. He was never told that he could not pray in Jesus’ name. In fact, the issue of prayer had nothing at all to do with his dismissal from the Navy. He disobeyed the lawful order of a senior officer. I am sure that you understand that Navy Regulations forbid any of us, regardless of rank or position, to appear in uniform in support of any political or partisan event.”
Holcomb goes on to say, “He appeared in direct support of a political event, demonstrating contempt for the order of his Commanding Officer and Naval Regulations that we all swear that we will abide by…. The ex-chaplain is a man without honor and you have accepted his story and in doing so you have had ‘the wool pulled over your eyes.’
He writes, “We have been relatively quiet regarding our ex-chaplain’s untruthfulness and lack of honor because we are embarrassed that one of our own could display such behavior in the name of our Lord. We wanted to spare all concerned the embarrassment associated with his dishonesty. However, it now seems that it would be wrong for those of us who know the truth to remain silent. I served with him and supervised him (as best as it was possible to supervise a person who refused to submit to lawful authority) and I know about his daily dishonesty and ‘spin’ of the truth.”
Well, you can clearly see the lack of character of Gordon Klingenschmitt. Lying for Jesus seems to be a full-time job for him. A military chaplain is first and foremost a military officer, and then a minister. If he only wanted to be a preacher with no intention of honoring the religiously pluralistic environment in the military, then he should have become a minister instead of a chaplain.

Americans United noticed that Klingsenschmitt had a website where he was giving the appearance that he was still a navy chaplain. Mikey Weinstein at MRFF also had noticed the website.
We at Americans United were surprised, therefore, to receive copies of an e-mail Klingenschmitt issued recently promoting his new right-wing political Web site On the site, Klingenschmitt referred to himself as “Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt,” and included a large picture of himself in a naval uniform. The e-mail and the Web site implored people to oppose President Barack Obama’s nomination of U.S. District Judge David Hamilton to the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
It’s likely anyone unfamiliar with Klingenschmitt’s history who received this e-mail or visited the site would assume he was an active-duty chaplain. In fact, some people who sent the message to AU thought just that.
Out in New Mexico, Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) knew something wasn’t right. Federal law prohibits misuse of military uniforms. It appeared that Klingenschmitt was attempting to depict himself as an active-duty military chaplain to raise money and recruit people for his right-wing group – a violation of federal law.
Here is the letter that Mikey Weinstein and AU sent to the Navy asking them to investigate this matter. Now it looks like Klingenschmitt has added a disclaimer indicating that he his not currently a Navy Chaplain. Hmm, betcha, he also does not mention that he is a court-martialed ex-navy chaplain either.

How does Klingenschmitt respond to these allegations? Why with an impreccatory prayer of course.
“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.”
Listening to the mp3 file, I thought it was a strange podcast. It starts like he is still on the ship calling every one to pray. It's like he can't let go of his Navy career. Well, if he wanted to remain in the Navy, then he should have followed the orders of his superior officers. Klingenschmitt wants Barry Lynn and Mikey Weinstein dead. He hides like a coward behind his god's skirts by pretending this is what his god wants. What a nutcase.

This imprecatory prayer is no different from Cindy Jacobs and her call for unbelievers like myself to be killed and our property and assets to be plundered by these Joel's Army fanatics. Well this unbeliever won't stand idly by and let myself and family be slaughtered and my property be confiscated by these assholes.


Ken said...

Kilingenschmitt is a certified nut-job. I heard Mikey on Thom Hartmann and then I found your blog.

I listened to Kilingenschmitt's little curse and decided to do a segment on my podcast about him...although I never pronounced his name right!

I cited your blog several times as well, Anna. Great job! I may try and get Mikey on the podcast to tell the whole story since Hartmann was having technical issues during the interview.

If you want to check out the podcast here is a direct link...

The segment is towards the end of the show and rather comedic and a tad inflammatory. That's my shtick. I actually did a spoof of his prayer/curse too.

I'll be sure to stop back for updates!


Anna Lemma said...

Thanks Ken. Klingenschmitt is nothing more than an attention-whore. But who knows what type of mentally unstable listeners and readers he and those who advocate similar ideas have. I'll give the podcast a listen. Check out Mickey's site over at

Anna Lemma said...

Oops, that link should be

Anna Lemma said...

Love the podcast.I finally had a chance to listen to it. I laughed my ass off at the robotic Armatron imprecatory prayer.

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Anonymous said...

Is Klingenschmitt a whack-a-doodle? Quite possibly. Is he "an attention-whore"? No more than you. He does have serious problems, that's for certain. But then again, so do you. Maybe you should spend a little more time looking in the mirror of truth at why your worship of humanity gives you license to mock all Christians as nothing more than "right-wing" "nut-job" "humanity haters." I'm a Christian. I care deeply about people, and I am eternally grateful to my God for saving me. I am no better than my fellow man. I am, in fact, a sinner, but God chose to save me though I don't deserve it. So I try to share this overwhelming love of God with others.
Our nation was founded on God's love. Despite the behaviors and actions of several evil men throughout our rocky history, one thing has made us great as a nation, has given us liberty, has called for justice mixed with mercy, has made us the envy of the world -- our foundation on Christian values! People who mock the Christian God and seek to uproot that precious Christian heritage will be given what they desire. They desire chaos, they will be given chaos. They desire hatred, they will be given hatred. They desire violence, they will be given destruction. They desire death, they will be given death. These are not my threats. They are simply what happens in this life, whether we believe it or not. God's existence is not contingent upon your belief (or lack thereof) in Him. He exists whether you believe it or not. Our nation will continue to crumble and fall -- the most recent economic crises and rises in natural disasters are growing evidence of this -- as the putrid, rotting self-praises of a nation of atheists and agnostics rise ever higher. Neither does God tolerate Christian hypocrisy. We are ALL losing our high place in history and if and when we do, we will have nobody but ourselves to blame. You cast a finger of accusation at Klingenschmitt and Christians as a whole. But you are standing in front of the mirror truth. You are actually pointing that finger of accusation at yourself. Be careful; God is listening to your every word.

Bob W Todd said...

Google "aion 165 aionian 166" and see where Gordon's theology is flawed.

Bob W Todd said...

Google "EON 165 EONIAN 166" and see where Lt. Gordon K. is mixed up with what the Bible really says. There is not hell, as we understand it, but it will all come out inthe wash soon.

Anonymous said...

One anonymous commenter said, "People who mock the Christian God and seek to uproot that precious Christian heritage will be given what they desire. (sic) They desire death, they will be given death."

Of course the commenter doesn't take credit for the veiled death threat himself, that's "just God talking". So convenient, really... "God wants you to give Him 10% of your money.. here, I'll take that and do God's bidding. Your sins are forgiven!" and "God wants you to help complete this list of political objectives, His Will commands it!"

See the problem here is, if you can get someone to believe in your particular God on blind faith, then, "who are you, a lowly servant of God, to question God's Will? Now strap on this bomb and take this gun and go to the nearest abortion clinic and wait for further instructions from me, er, I mean God." Those who can get you to accept absurdities, can get you to commit atrocities.

There's no brakes on the car when "faith" is driving. No point when you can say, "Wait, this seems crazy". Remember, the Lord works in mysterious ways, and there's no questioning God. You go to Hell for that, and there's plenty of His followers here that would love to help you get there. Christian Love, indeed.

There's an excellent article that discusses this problem:

Anonymous said...

"See the problem here is, if you can get someone to believe in your particular God on blind faith, then, "who are you, a lowly servant of God, to question God's Will? Now strap on this bomb and take this gun and go to the nearest abortion clinic and wait for further instructions from me, er, I mean God." Those who can get you to accept absurdities, can get you to commit atrocities."

If this was true, one would think there would be far more christian suicide bombers attacking abortion clinics, gay nightclubs, etc.