I have a great respect for military Chaplains, and seriously considered it myself. I had relatives and friends who were chaplains.  It is not an easy ministry.  Now many chaplains are faced with a serious challenge to their ability to minister.

Fr, Orthohippo

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!


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.

via Pick’s Picks of the Day and much more about this on his blog.


About Fr. Orthohippo

The blog of a retired Anglican priest (MSJ), his musings, journey, humor, wonderment, and comments on today's scene.
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