Earlier this month, ex-navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt said in an interview on Dove TV that leftist atheists are conniving with President Obama to drive Christians out of the military. The idea, he claims, is to create an atheist military that will aid the president in the persecution of American Christians.
“If the Christians are driven out of the military, I think that is one of the goals of the atheist left, is to get rid of all the Christians in the military so they can take over,” said Klingenschmitt. “Well, now we see the Obama administration is stockpiling armored personnel carriers, and the Department of Homeland Security [has] billions of rounds of ammunition; who are they going to use that against? If there’s no Christians serving in the government, eventually that is all going to be turned against us.”
“Don’t think that can’t happen,” added Klingenschmitt.
Klingenschmitt claims to be a victim of this persecution himself. In 2007, according to his bio page, Chaplain Klingenschmitt lost his navy job and benefits because he took a stand for the right to engage in public prayer (actually, what he did was to participate in a public protest while in uniform, an act that at the time was against the military’s code of conduct). But “Dr. Chaps” as Klingenschmitt likes to call himself, is probably better known for something else: his use of imprecatory prayer against people he disapproves of.
Imprecatory prayers, in case you’ve never heard of them, are curse prayers from the Bible that call God’s vengeance down on an enemy and usually, his children and his children’s children as well. Here’s a sample from Psalm 109, a Klingenschmitt favorite:
Let his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.
Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places.
Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labor.
Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favor his fatherless children.
Two of the people Klingenschmitt has called the Wrath of God down on are familiar names in the Secular and Humanist communities: Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation and the Rev. Barry Lynn, president of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. He also doesn’t like gays, Muslims or President Obama.
You can find an abbreviated video of Klingenshmitt’s interview made by Right Wing Watch on the left side of this page, but if you want to see the full Dove TV interview where “Dr Chaps” inveighs against the idea of Humanist military chaplains, decries government and leftist atheist persecution of himself and other Christians, and describes his victories for the Religious Right’s conception of religious freedom, you can find that here.
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