Christian Chaplain Dismissed; Muslim
By Chuck Baldwin
January 23, 2007
This column is archived at http://chuckbaldwinlive.com/c2007/cbarchive_20070123.html
Chaplain Lt. Gordon James Klingenschmitt has
been court-martialed and dismissed from the U.S. Navy. His crime?
Praying in Jesus' name in uniform outside a chapel. You read it
right. After 15 1/2 years of exemplary service, Lt. Klingenschmitt
is being drummed out of the Navy.
Understand that Klingenschmitt has a
meritorious military record. He graduated from the Air Force Academy
and spent 11 years as an Air Force missile officer. He was promoted
to the rank of Major and was offered a job at the Pentagon at the
rank of Lieutenant Colonel. However, Klingenschmitt wanted to be a
chaplain. As such, he willingly took a demotion in order to serve in
the U.S. Navy as a chaplain at the rank of Lieutenant.
Chaplain Klingenschmitt served in the
Persian Gulf. While there, he and his men won 6 awards, including
Best in the Navy, for outstanding Community Service. But now this
fine Christian man is being discharged. He is losing his career (not
to mention a million-dollar pension) for the "crime" of praying in
I recently interviewed Chaplain
Klingenschmitt on my radio program and invite readers to listen to
that interview at:
Now, compare what the Navy has done to Lt.
Klingenschmitt to this report from World Net Daily. "[T]he Pentagon
recently promoted a Wahhabi-trained Muslim chaplain who catered to
al-Qaida detainees at Guantanamo and fought to establish the first
Mosque in Marine Corps history."
According to WND, "Deputy Defense Secretary
Gordon England personally promoted Navy chaplain Abuhena Mohammed
Saifulislam from lieutenant to lieutenant commander. Saifulislam
also received a Joint Service Commendation Medal at the Pentagon
ceremony held on the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Pentagon
officials say the ceremony was unprecedented. 'It's unusual for a
deputy secretary to personally promote an officer of that rank,'
said one official who wished to go unnamed. 'No one has known of
such a high-level dignitary doing that.'"
Furthermore, the WND report stated, "England
also earlier this year personally dedicated a new Islamic center at
Marine headquarters in Quantico, Va., on the advice of Saifulislam .
Now get this: "The Muslim chaplain, who is
stationed at Quantico, recited verses from the Quran in Arabic and
English at the summer dedication ceremony, which included
representatives from the Council on American-Islamic Relations,
several leaders of which have been convicted on terrorism-related
Yet, it gets worse. According to the WND
report, "Saifulislam, which is Arabic for 'Sword of Islam,' received
his religious training at a radical Islamic school raided by federal
agents after 9/11." Terror expert Paul Sperry said, "The Pentagon is
giving him a permanent, taxpayer-supported platform from which to
convert grunts to Islam." He also said, "With the Quantico mosque,
the Pentagon is facilitating the study of the holy text the enemy
uses, heretically or not, as their manual of warfare."
This kind of idiocy is what happens when
presidents and their subordinates become consumed with political
correctness. Logic, common sense, character, and appreciation for
truth are thrown out the window. And good men such as Lt.
Klingenschmitt must bear the brunt of it all.
Readers should know that since Chaplain
Klingenschmitt's dismissal, public outcry convinced the Pentagon to
reverse its policy of punishing chaplains who pray in Jesus' name.
Unfortunately, the decision is not being grandfathered back to
Klingenschmitt's case, and he is still being drubbed out of the
If you listen to my interview with Lt.
Klingenschmitt, you will immediately be aware that this is a good
man, a fine Christian patriot who is being unjustly punished. He is
not bitter. However, seeking to be reinstated, he has hired The
Rutherford Institute to represent him in filing a lawsuit against
the U.S. Navy. I urge my fellow Americans to pray that God will
vindicate the good chaplain and that he will be restored to his
former position and rank. You might want to let your congressman
know of this injustice, as well.
I wonder how many more Lt. Gordon
Klingenschmitts and Judge Roy Moores will have to be sacrificed
before America comes to its senses?
(c) Chuck Baldwin