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Obama threatens Chaplains: “You can’t preach against me in chapel.”

Obama threatens Chaplains:  “You can’t preach against me in chapel.”

By James Smith – 8 Feb 2012


The Obama Administration has now directly threatened military chaplains with “sedition” or equivalent charges of “treason” if they dare to preach against Obama’s abortion policies during optional Sunday worship inside military chapels.

According to the Business Insider, an “emerging conflict between the Catholic Church and the Obama administration may have a new front: in the U.S. military itself.

“The Catholic Church is fighting mad about an HHS ruling that would have them buy insurance for things they consider sinful–contraception, sterilization and abortion.

“All the bishops in the country sent out a letter to be read in their parishes promising that the Church ‘cannot-and will not-comply with this unjust law.’

“Even Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who is in charge of Catholic military chaplains sent out the same letter.

“But after he did, the Army’s Office of the Chief of Chaplains sent out another communication forbidding Catholic priests to read the letter, in part because it seemed to encourage civil disobedience, and could be read as seditious against the Commander-in-Chief.

“More than one Catholic chaplain who spoke to us off the record confirmed that many chaplains disobeyed this instruction and read the letter anyway. [Risking treason charges.] Others sought further instructions from their Archbishop.

“Now after much behind-the-scenes bureaucratic wrangling, a new version of the letter will be read, one that was edited of the language about ‘unjust laws.’…

“A new statement issued this afternoon from Archbishop Broglio’s office acknowledged the interference this way:

“Archbishop Broglio and the Archdiocese stand firm in the belief, based on legal precedent, that such a directive from the Army constituted a violation of his Constitutionally-protected right of free speech and the free exercise of religion, as well as those same rights of all military chaplains and their congregants.

“Following a discussion between Archbishop Broglio and the Secretary of the Army, The Honorable John McHugh, it was agreed that it was a mistake to stop the reading of the Archbishop’s letter.  Additionally, the line: ‘We cannot – we will not – comply with this unjust law’ was removed by Archbishop Broglio at the suggestion of Secretary McHugh over the concern that it could potentially be misunderstood as a call to civil disobedience.  [The chaplains’ speech was censored by the Obama Administration.]

“It’s an issue that Catholic chaplains are taking very seriously in private.”

[Chaps Comment:  In 1997 the Catholic Church sued the U.S. Navy in court and won a great victory for the free speech rights of military chaplains to preach against sins of politicians, including then President Bill Clinton’s pro-abortion policies.  But in 2006, the same Navy claimed (and still claims) they had a right to punish me, a Protestant Chaplain, for quoting John 3:36 inside an optionally attended Christian Memorial Service on Saturday.  My own lawsuit is pending.  But we must DEMAND the Obama Administration repent of censoring chaplains, and forcing their silence with threats of sedition, for preaching against Obama’s sinful abortion policies.]

It’s clear that OBAMA IS AFRAID OF CHURCH VOTE AWAKENING.  Let’s take a stand for military chaplains rights, by petitioning Congress right now:

Please select here to sign urgent petition, and we will fax all 535 Congressmen and Senators (saving you time!) to PROTECT MILITARY CHAPLAINS AND TROOPS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM to oppose immorality, and co-sponsor and pass H.R. 3828.

Chaplains threatened, retaliated for Religious Views. Hero Congressman Steps Up.

It seems like common sense.  Chaplains should be free to express their religious beliefs, and freely teach and counsel against immorality in our military.  But after repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” religious liberty of our military chaplains and troops is under attack.  

Focus on the Family reports good news:  “Late last week, Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., introduced a bill aiming to protect chaplains and other members of the Armed Services who oppose homosexuality from being targeted for discrimination. It also seeks to keep military property from being used to perform same-sex ceremonies.

“In part, the Military Religious Freedom Protection Act (HR 3828) reads that ‘a service member cannot be denied promotion or other training opportunities for any sincerely held beliefs he has about the appropriate or inappropriate expression of human sexuality.’

“Though the First Amendment to the Constitution already protects those rights, Huelskamp said in a press release it’s necessary to shore them up with a law since the repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy.

“Fundamental to the core of this nation is the protection of religious liberty,” Huelskamp said. “The Military Religious Freedom Protection Act will ensure that none of our men and women in uniform — including our chaplain corps — is asked to compromise their religious and spiritual beliefs. It will also protect the freedom of those in the military to express vocally the tenets of their faiths. And it will make certain that our military facilities are not used in contravention to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which states that marriage is between one man and one woman only.

[CHAPS COMMENT: Military chapels in all 50 states must now be open to desecration.]

“Military installations exist to carry out the national defense of our nation, not to facilitate a narrow social agenda,” said Huelskamp.

FOTF continued:  “Though left-leaning media outlets pointed out that the repeal of DADT doesn’t require or force anyone to do anything, watchdogs have been raising the alarm since well before the repeal became official that gay activists would use it as a wedge to further advance their agenda.”

“According to the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, the repeal immediately created a chilling effect on free speech among the troops and a ‘climate of fear’ for chaplains who didn’t know what their rights were in the new environment, especially when it came to addressing and speaking about homosexual behavior.

“In some cases, said Executive Director Ron Crews, chaplains “suffered retaliation, including having their careers threatened, for being ‘politically incorrect.'”

[CHAPS COMMENT:  Chaplains suffering retaliation, losing careers for ‘political incorrect’ speech?  Gee I wonder who’s experienced that?  If you don’t know my well-documented personal story, of being vindicated by Congress after facing court-martial for praying “in Jesus’ name” in uniform, read my bio by clicking the media link under my signature far below.]  But first, let’s petition Congress to support this new bill…

Please select here to sign urgent petition, and we will fax all 535 Congressmen and Senators (saving you time!) to PROTECT MILITARY CHAPLAINS AND TROOPS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM to oppose immorality, and co-sponsor and pass H.R. 3828.

The National Organization of Marriage also supports and summarizes the new chaplain’s rights bill, their President Brian Brown saying:

“Did you see this day coming?

“Who would have thought we needed a federal statute to protect military chaplains—and other servicemen and women—who believe that marriage is between one man and one woman?

“But just months after the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, there is a full-on battle for marriage raging within our nation’s armed forces.

“Last April, the Navy issued new ‘sensitivity training’ guidelines that required Navy chaplains to perform same-sex marriages. Thanks to leadership from Congressmen Tim Huelskamp and Todd Akin, the Navy backed down and rescinded the guidelines.

“In September, the Department of Defense issued two more memos, requiring all military facilities to be available for same-sex weddings and allowing chaplains to participate in same-sex ceremonies.

“Recognizing this growing threat to the religious liberty of our armed forces, Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas last week introduced the Military Religious Freedom Protection Act (H.R. 3828). The bill does three things:

–Protects military chaplains from being forced to participate in any ceremony or function that is against their conscience or religious beliefs.

–Protects our men and women in uniform from being discriminated against because of religious beliefs opposed to same-sex marriage or homosexuality.

–Prohibits the use of military facilities for same-sex marriage ceremonies.

“But President Obama is refusing to do his job as President—picking and choosing which laws are worth enforcing. He refuses to defend DOMA in court and is actively undermining it at every turn. And same-sex marriage activists have been working to leverage the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell to harass and intimidate chaplains and other service members who are standing up for marriage.

“Tell your Congressman we need to protect the religious liberty of our armed forces—just like they put their lives on the line to protect ours. Tell your Congressman to co-sponsor the Military Religious Freedom Protection Act (H.R.3828) today.”

[Chaps comment:  Folks, we must take a stand for our troops and chaplains.  Let’s bury all 535 Congressmen and Senators in fax paper today.]

Please select here to sign urgent petition, and we will fax all 535 Congressmen and Senators (saving you time!) to PROTECT MILITARY CHAPLAINS AND TROOPS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM to oppose immorality, and co-sponsor and pass H.R. 3828.

God Bless you, in Jesus’ name,

Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt

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