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Former Navy chaplain: Gingrich ‘worthy of death’ for supporting marriage equality

A disgraced former Navy chaplain says that former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich recently embraced marriage equality for LGBT people because he has been influenced by “demonic voices” and is now “worthy of death” just like all homosexuals.

In an interview with The Huffington Post following President Barack Obama’s re-election, the former House Speaker had said that Republicans needed to understand that “gay relationships will be legal, period” and that conservatives should “accommodate and deal with reality.”

Right Wing Watch on Thursday noted that former Navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt had tried to make sense of Gingrich’s reversal in his most recent The Pray in Jesus Name Show broadcast.

“Newt is now pandering to the left,” Klingenschmitt explained. “He is moving away from the church to position himself as the left-wing moderate Republican candidate for a run for presidency in 2016.”

The chaplain revealed that Gingrich has personally called him during his 2012 presidential run, but declined to follow his advice to reach out to evangelical pastors.

“But now he doesn’t even care,” Klingenschmitt complained. “Now he’s pandering to the homosexual vote. I don’t understand that. It makes me concerned.”

Klingenschmitt continued by warning that the Bible says that “homosexual acts are worthy of death.”

“It’s not like Newt is personally engaging in homosexual activity, but the Bible condemns him now because he takes pleasure in those that do that sort of thing,” he insisted. “When the Bible condemns his endorsement of homosexual sin then he has become one of the sinners condemned by Romans, Chapter 1.”

“What are the voices that are whispering in Newt Gingrich’s ear? In the back of his mind he hears this, on one side is the Spirit of God, saying, ‘Newt, stand for righteousness, traditional marriage.’ One the other side there’s this voice that’s tempting him, ‘Oh, you might be able to get more votes on the left if you pander to homosexual sin.’”

Klingenschmitt concluded: “So, he discerning the spirits and he manifests the demonic voice by saying, ‘It’s not really a sin, we ought to endorse this.’”

by Anonymousreply 301/04/2013

I didn't know Shane's dad was a Chaplain!

by Anonymousreply 101/04/2013

The reason for his career disgrace.

Navy Chaplain Guilty Of Disobeying an Order

Lt. Gordon Klingenschmitt, an evangelical Protestant chaplain, was court-martialed for wearing his Navy uniform to a protest.

By Alan Cooperman

Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, September 15, 2006

A Navy court decided yesterday to reprimand and dock the pay of an evangelical Protestant chaplain after finding him guilty of disobeying an order by appearing in uniform at a political protest in front of the White House in March.

The chaplain, Lt. Gordon J. Klingenschmitt, said he intends to "appeal by all means possible all the way to the Supreme Court."

Klingenschmitt, 38, who belongs to a small evangelical offshoot of the Episcopal Church, has been a vocal critic of the Navy's policies on prayer in ceremonial settings. He has accused his superiors of pressuring chaplains to offer generic, nonsectarian prayers, and he has gained wide attention and sympathy among religious conservatives.

Over the past year, Klingenschmitt worked closely with Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr. (R-N.C.) and other members of Congress to push the Bush administration to issue an executive order guaranteeing the right of chaplains to pray "in the name of Jesus." So far, the White House has rebuffed the request.

On March 30, Klingenschmitt wore his uniform at a news conference in Lafayette Square in which former Alabama chief justice Roy S. Moore and others decried President Bush's lack of action on the chaplain's complaints. Klingenschmitt maintained that his only participation in the event was to offer public prayers and that he had prior written permission to wear his uniform when conducting "a bona fide worship service or observance."

During court-martial proceedings this week at the naval base in Norfolk, a military prosecutor, Cmdr. Rex A. Guinn, said Klingenschmitt had received clear orders from his superiors not to wear his uniform at media events or political protests. The event in Lafayette Square, he contended, was not a true worship service or observance.

On Wednesday, a jury of five Navy officers found Klingenschmitt guilty of one misdemeanor count of disobeying a lawful order. Yesterday, the same jury determined his punishment: a formal reprimand and forfeiture of pay at the rate of $250 a month for the next 12 months.

That would amount to $3,000, or about 5 percent of his pay. But Klingenschmitt is unlikely to incur the full fine, for two reasons: The jury recommended that Rear Adm. Frederic Ruehe, commander of the Navy's Mid-Atlantic region, suspend the financial penalty, and Klingenschmitt doubts he will remain in the Navy for 12 more months.

"The letter of reprimand is actually the worst punishment because it will be used in a couple of months to kick me out of the Navy in a separate process called an administrative separation board," the chaplain predicted.

Kevin Copeland, a Navy spokesman, said that Klingenschmitt's prediction was "strictly hypothesis at this time" because "the ink isn't even dry on the court-martial yet."

But among the documents that Klingenschmitt introduced in his defense during the court-martial was a March 22 e-mail from Vice Adm. John C. Harvey Jr., the Navy's head of personnel, to Adm. Michael G. Mullen, the chief of naval operations, recommending Klingenschmitt's "involuntarily release" from the Navy "due to lack of career potential."

The e-mail noted: "This officer is the individual who conducted a hunger strike in front of the White House several months ago and has engaged in other actions concerning [Defense Department] and Navy Religious Ministry policies."

Klingenschmitt served as an Air Force officer for 11 years before becoming a chaplain four years ago. He said he believes the e-mail, which was sent eight days before he wore his uniform at the Lafayette Square protest, "proves this is a reprisal against me for my whistle-blower complaints to Congress and the press."

by Anonymousreply 201/04/2013

The chaplain has no problem with the military killing innocent civilians. It is only same-sex love that he finds intolerable.

by Anonymousreply 301/04/2013
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