An interesting article appeared in the Stars and Stripes regarding the pagan group and its association with the chapel program at Misawa Air Base in Japan. The sidebar has an interesting discussion by the wing chaplain at Kadena, who says in part that chaplains are not required to “extract all language that might have symbolic meaning,” such as the “heavenly Father” that the Wiccans said made them feel awkward.
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Americans United for the Separation of Church and State posted a scathing article on former Navy Chaplain Klingenschmitt. They included quotes from a letter written by his former commander asserting Klingenschmitt’s “dishonesty.” The AU hailed the former chaplain as a vaunted martyr of the religious right. More interesting, in the public comments on the article, both Klingenschmitt and his former commander have faced off with scathing rebuttals.
Former Navy Chaplain Klingenschmitt has been named a “Kentucky Colonel” by the Kentucky state legislature and has apparently kicked off a tour with the intent of praying in every state legislature.
World Net Daily has reported that the restraining order keeping Navy Lt Klingenschmitt in the military has been lifted; the Navy is expected to discharge the Chaplain immediately.
Americans United for the Separation of Church and State picked up on the story of the Army Chaplain who wanted to switch from Christianity to Wicca, claiming that the Army’s treatment of him was “so obviously a case of religious discrimination.” As noted in the public comments on the article, there are questions as to why the AU hasn’t made the same appeal about Chaplain Klingenschmitt, who the Navy attempted to discharge when he switched endorsers. The basic circumstances are nearly identical; in fact, Klingenschmitt’s is arguably harder to justify.
A Washington Post article opines about a former Pentecostal Army chaplain who lost his endorsement when his denomination found out he wanted to switch to Wicca. He was attempting to become a Wiccan chaplain, which is heretofore unknown.
The Rutherford Institute, which is representing Navy Chaplain Klingenschmitt, has announced that they have stopped the Navy’s attempt to separate the chaplain prior to the upcoming trial.
According to a copy of the court order, Chaplain Klingenschmitt’s dismissal from the Navy may be delayed pending the outcome of filings.