Thursday, March 31, 2011

Hearings Friday on Homosexual Harassment of Chaplains. Make 14 phone calls!



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Hearings Friday on Homosexual Harassment of Chaplains.  Make 14 phone calls!


A key Congressional Subcommittee will hold hearings about how homosexualization of our military may adversely impact the religious freedom of our troops and chaplains.  On Friday, April 1st at 9:30 am EDT, in the Rayburn Building Room 2212 on Capitol Hill, the House Armed Services Subcommittee for Military Personnel will hear expert testimony  about the negative impact of the Obama Administration's forced repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell upon the religious freedom of our troops and chaplains.  

These hearings may be the break our chaplains need.  The fact these hearings are taking place proves YOUR 53,000 FAXES TO CONGRESS ARE BEING HEARD, and the (mostly Republican) legislators YOU helped elect last year care about Religious Freedom.

Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness was quoted while preparing for these hearings, saying, "Our goal is to convince members of Congress that they must intervene with well-informed questions and an appropriate statement to the Administration summarized in three words: 'Not so fast!'"  Elaine requests several questions be asked: 

Q:  Will chaplains of all faiths face career penalties if they defer performing same-sex [wedding] ceremonies to someone else?
 
Q:  Will chaplains of all faiths be required to hire LGBT assistants for ministry activities,
or suffer career penalties for failing to do so?
 
Q:  Will chaplains of all faiths be required to conduct religious services with other clergy
who are homosexual, or suffer career penalties if they fail to do so?
  
Q:  Will chaplains be subject to career penalties for making statements in any counseling
role, such as the Army’s Strong Bonds, which counsel avoidance of homosexuality or
support the traditional definition of marriage? 
 
Q:  What will the Defense Department position be with regard to religious exemption
provisions to protect religious freedom for chaplains and service members?
 
Q:  Will the Defense Department and military services structure personnel evaluation or
fitness reports to impose career penalties on chaplains
and personnel who do not support
the new LGBT policy due to religious convictions?
 
Q:  What is the estimated number of chaplains and personnel who are likely to decline re-
enlistment due to unacceptable policies implementing the new LGBT law? 
 
Q:  What is the estimated number of chaplains who would be subject to negative
personnel evaluations/reports and career-ending penalties,
due to disagreement with
policies implementing the new LGBT law? 

Answering these questions under oath can force Pentagon policymakers to write internal policies that either protect or punish our military chaplains' religious liberty.  

14 Congressmen sit on the Military Personnel subcommittee:  Joe Wilson (R-SC), Walter Jones (R-NC), Mike Coffman (R-CO), Tom Rooney (R-FL), Joe Heck (R-NV), Allen West (R-FL), Austin Scott (R-GA), Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Susan Davis (R-CA), Robert Brady (R-PA), Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam), David Loebsack (D-IA), Niki Tsongas (D-MA), Chellie Pingree (D-ME).  

Please telephone each of these 14 today, at 202-224-3121, asking the operator to transfer you to each by name, and say these words to their staffers:  "We demand you protect the religious freedoms of military chaplains and troops, by asking tough questions at the Friday hearings, and passing strong laws against open homosexual harassment of our chaplains and troops. We are watching your hearings Friday, and we pray for you in Jesus' name!"   Don't have time to make 14 phone calls?  Save time by signing our fax-petition...

SELECT HERE to sign NEW PETITION to PROTECT CHAPLAINS, TROOPS, AND FREE RELIGIOUS EXPRESSION in the face of PERSECUTION, and we will fax 535 Members of the House and Senate instantly, (saving you much time!)  TAKE A STAND! 

Army Threatens Chaplains with Court-Martial for opposing Homosexuality

The U.S. Army has officially threatened military chaplains they must either embrace the new openly homosexual military, resign from service, or face court-martial for their "religious, conscience" objections.  The Pray In Jesus Name Project has obtained leaked copies (unintended for media disclosure) of a private briefing given to chaplains, threatening them with court-martial unless they compromise their Christian message.  

Christian Chaplains who speak out against homosexual sin can be accused of "harassment" by homosexuals and face disciplinary action simply for voicing their religious views outside the "context" of their religious ministry.  The following two slides reveal the Army's shocking warnings to their chaplains.


[Chaps' interpretation: The phrase "vocational reflection" is not-so-subtle code language meaning "reconcile with homosexuality or find another line of work."  The phrase "do NOT tolerate harassment" is code language for "don't speak against sin, for ANY reason, or you the Chaplain will be disciplined for quoting the Bible, and the homosexual protected."]   More fine print from the text from the Army's presentation is directly quoted as follows:

ARMY: "You may hear the language, 'Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual', or 'GLB' at certain times in reference to homosexual Soldiers. As of today the Army has not directed the use of the any specific reference term but has accepted the usage of these terms."

ARMY: "You may, in appropriate circumstances and within the limitations of law and policy, express your moral or religious beliefs regarding sexual orientation. However, you may NOT make statements detrimental to good order and discipline and must obey lawful orders. You do NOT have the right to refuse duty or duty assignments based on a moral objection to another's sexual orientation."

[Chaps' Interpretation: the phrase 'appropriate circumstances' will soon mean ONLY in the context of Sunday chapel, thus Chaplains can be punished for private counseling, or speech outside of chapel, or speech inside chapel on Monday through Saturday, just as I was punished in writing 3 times for quoting the Bible in optional Saturday chapel services.]

ARMY: "You remain obligated to follow orders that involve interaction with others who are homosexual even if an unwillingness to do so is based on strong, sincerely held moral or religious beliefs. As expressed in the Manual for Courts-Martial regarding a Soldier's obligation to obey orders: 'the dictates of a person's conscience, religion, or personal philosophy cannot justify or excuse the disobedience of an otherwise lawful order.'"

[Chaps' Interpretation: the phrase 'lawful order' will mean ANYTHING ANTI-CHRISTIAN COMMANDERS WISH and judges will back up the Commander, not the Chaplain.  I know from personal experience, when a Navy Judge said my Navy Commander could punish me, a chaplain, for disobeying "lawful orders" because I was quote "worshiping in public."]

Bottom Line:  Army Chaplains will now be punished at court-martial for "disobedience" of "lawful orders" if they dare to express their religious views about homsexual sin outside of Sunday chapel.  Let's take a stand for chaplains and Christian troops...

SELECT HERE to sign NEW PETITION to PROTECT CHAPLAINS, TROOPS, AND FREE RELIGIOUS EXPRESSION in the face of PERSECUTION, and we will fax 535 Members of the House and Senate instantly, (saving you much time!)  TAKE A STAND! 

MILITARY CHAPLAINS FACE CHARGES OF "HATE SPEECH"  

The Pray In Jesus Name Project was featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last week, with YOUR fax petition campaign to Congress getting noticed.  Reporter Ann Rogers interviewed military chaplains who fear persecution by the Obama Administration, especially now that open homosexual service is being fast-tracked in violation of the rights of many Christian troops.

"The majority of 3,000 chaplains are theologically conservative Christians, many of whom worry that they will be accused of hate speech if they preach that same-sex relationships are sinful," the paper reports.  

"The Pray in Jesus Name Project, which supports conservative chaplains, has called the Pentagon guidelines the 'plan to purge Christians' from chaplaincy.

"'Now the Obama Administration is officially on record pressuring chaplains to quit the service if they cannot 'reconcile' with homosexual sin that violates their Christian conscience,' said a petition on its website.

"The 'purge' is a clause that says chaplains have an option to leave the military that isn't open to others who object to serving with gay troops. They can ask their faith group to withdraw its endorsement, which would trigger a discharge.

"Retired Brig. Gen. Douglas E. Lee, a former Army chaplain who endorses for six conservative Presbyterian bodies, is less alarmist, but shares the concern that protection of religious freedom may erode.

"The fundamental issue for us is morality, but the debate is being purposely framed as a civil rights or a discrimination issue," he said.

"Homosexuality is 'just another sin that affects soldiers, airmen, guardians and Marines. However no other category that we would declare as sin is ... claiming civil rights to be a serial adulterer.'

"Any charges of hate speech will 'depend on how the chaplains handle themselves,' said the Rev. John Gundlach, a retired Navy chaplain and endorser for the United Church of Christ, which affirms gay sexuality."

Charges of hate speech against military chaplains?  Even the pro-homosexual liberals admit the charges are coming.  The full article may be read here.  But suffice it to say we need to petition Congress to protect our Christian troops and Chaplains right to open religious expression, the same way the Obama Administration is now flaunting open homosexual expression.   

SELECT HERE to sign NEW PETITION to PROTECT CHAPLAINS, TROOPS, AND FREE RELIGIOUS EXPRESSION in the face of PERSECUTION, and we will fax 535 Members of the House and Senate instantly, (saving you much time!)  TAKE A STAND! 

The Obama Administration has now begun writing policies that will result in discharge of Christian Chaplains and troops who cannot "reconcile" with homosexual sin.  Below are four shocking proof examples revealing how the purge has already begun, and why we must fight back NOW by demanding Congress investigate and pass strong laws defending our troops right to religious freedom starting with H.R. 268 which has not yet passed in 6 years, clearly defending military chaplains' right to pray publicly "in Jesus name."  

Report: Chaplains who can't "reconcile" with homosexual sin will be separated. 

The newly released Pentagon plan to purge Christians entitled "DADT Report: Support Plan for Implementation" specifically requires Christian chaplains to "reconcile" with homosexual sin or face administrative discharge. It repeats twice on pages 30 and 57: "If a chaplain is unable to reconcile serving with or caring for gay and lesbian Service members with his or her faith, the chaplain may request that the relevant endorsing agency withdraw its ecclesiastical endorsement for him or her. This would trigger an administrative separation under DoDI 1304.28."  Wow.  Now the Obama Administration is officially on record pressuring Chaplains to quit the service if they cannot "reconcile" with homosexual sin that violates their Christian conscience.  This "plan" alone should alarm the new conservative Congress to the need for bold protection of Chaplains' rights.  Let's help... 

SELECT HERE to sign NEW PETITION to PROTECT CHAPLAINS, TROOPS, AND FREE RELIGIOUS EXPRESSION in the face of PERSECUTION, and we will fax 535 Members of the House and Senate instantly, (saving you much time!)  TAKE A STAND! 

Chaplains will have religious "freedom" only in context of Sunday chapel. 

The Pentagon report dubiously promises to protect Chaplains' freedoms, "in the context of their religious ministry," claiming they won't need to change their sermons, counseling, prayers, or worship.  But speaking from personal experience as a former Navy chaplain, I can decode the secret word "context" to mean chaplains clearly WON'T have religious freedom outside of that "context."  As proof, in my case the Navy twice declared the only safe religious "context" was ONLY inside a Sunday chapel.  As a chaplain I was punished in writing three times for quoting the Bible EVEN inside chapel, but since the optionally-attended worship service was held on a Saturday, not a Sunday, Navy investigators sided with the Commander who punished my sermons.  

Later a Navy judge ruled that my Thursday prayers outside the White House were "not public worship" which was only safe in the context of Sunday chapel, instead finding me guilty of the misdemeanor crime of "worshipping in public" in uniform which he said was NOT protected by federal law, so my commander could order me to stop "worshipping in public" in uniform.  Say what?   Because my prayers in Jesus name were not said in the proper "context," they were properly punished, the Navy judge ruled to punish the chaplain.  


SELECT HERE to sign NEW PETITION to PROTECT CHAPLAINS, TROOPS, AND FREE RELIGIOUS EXPRESSION in the face of PERSECUTION, and we will fax 535 Members of the House and Senate instantly, (saving you much time!)  TAKE A STAND!
 

Friends, our Christian chaplains and troops are under fire, now more than ever, unless Congress passes strong laws to protect their free religious expression.  Let's take a stand today, and demand Congress pass laws protecting their religious rights.   

God Bless you, in Jesus' name,

Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt
 

(For media interviews, contact here.) 

P.S. Time is urgent!  We must make a bold statement to the new Congress before they get distracted with less important issues.  Religious freedom for our troops is my #1 legislative priority this year 2011.  Will you make it yours?  Please sign our petition today!  Prefer to donate by mail?  Please mail paper check or money orders to:  The Pray In Jesus Name Project, PO Box 77077, Colorado Springs, CO  80970.

SELECT HERE to sign NEW PETITION to PROTECT CHAPLAINS, TROOPS, AND FREE RELIGIOUS EXPRESSION in the face of PERSECUTION, and we will fax 535 Members of the House and Senate instantly, (saving you much time!)  TAKE A STAND!

Disclaimer: The views of Chaplain Klingenschmitt, who was honorably but involuntarily discharged from the Navy in 2007 after facing court-martial for praying "in Jesus name" in uniform, (but was later vindicated by Congress), are his own personal views, not the views of any political party, government, or organization.

 

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