IS it something in the water that produces wackjobs like Gordon James Klingenschmitt?
A while back, Klingenschmitt, a former Navy chaplain – discharged from the US Navy in 2007 after facing a court-martial for inappropriate praying while in uniform – called on supporters of his Pray in Jesus’ Name movement to launch “imprecatory” prayers against two prominent American activists, Barry W Lynn and Mikey Weinstein.
For those of you not versed in the finer points of extreme right-wing theology, imprecatory prayers are prayers that bad things will happen to your enemies – things like death, loss of income, loss of property, etc.
Klingenschmitt’s prayer reads:
Almighty God, today we pray imprecatory prayers from Psalm 109 against the enemies of religious liberty, including Barry Lynn and Mikey Weinstein, who recently issued a press release attacking me personally.
God, do not remain silent, for wicked men surround me and tell lies about me. We bless them, but they curse us. Therefore, find them guilty, not me. Let their days be few, and replace them with godly people. Plunder their fields and seize their assets. Cut off their descendants. And remember their sins. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
So what was it that soooo got up this silly tit’s nose?
Well, Lynn, of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and Weinstein, who heads the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, had the cheek to point out that that posturing Jesus junkie Klingenschmitt still refers to himself as a “chaplain” – which he is not – and that his site shows him in naval uniform, which he in no longer entitled to wear.
According to AU, the two atheists wrote to Navy officials, accusing Klingenschmitt of attempting to mislead people.
AU subsequently received an e-mail from the Judge Advocate General’s Office stating:
The Administrative Law Division, Office of the Judge Advocate General will contact Mr Klingenschmitt and inform him that, absent an appropriate disclaimer in his correspondence, use of the photograph depicting him in a naval uniform may, in fact, be contrary to federal law.
KlingenschmittÂ then posted this hysterical disclaimer on his site, egotistically referring to himself in the third person.
The views of former Navy Chaplain Klingenschmitt do not represent the views of the US Navy.Â The picture of Chaplain Klingenschmitt in uniform is a picture of his former self, taken while he was serving on active duty, therefore he was not impersonating an officer, he actually WAS an officer when the photo was taken (Duh).
Chaps (sic) became famous for praying “in Jesus name” in uniform (and Congress vindicated his right to do so), so he reserves the right to publicize his own former identity.Â He remains endorsed and ordained today as “Chaplain and Evangelist to America” by his civilian ordaining denomination, the Chaplaincy of Full Gospel Churches, so Chaplain remains his valid title.
And Barry Lynn and Mikey Weinstein are bone-heads.