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posted Friday, December 24, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 52
Former Navy chaplain will try to block DADT repeal
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Former Navy chaplain will try to block DADT repeal

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Former US Navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt called on his supporters to bombard Congress with demands that it block implementation of Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal.

"I hereby call upon the new Congress to never certify that the military is ready to implement repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and instead pass strong laws protecting the rights of Christian troops (especially chaplains) to openly speak their opinions about what the Bible calls sin, to refuse common showers, sleeping quarters and 'social re-education' without repercussion, guaranteeing religious freedom even outside of chapel services," Klingenschmitt wrote.

According to Christian Newswire, Klingenschmitt sent 205,000 fax petitions to Congress members demanding they vote against DADT repeal.

He now claims to have a network of "125,000 patriot pastors" who will deluge the next Congress with demands that they block implementation of repeal legislation.

Klingschmitt also called on his supporters to vote against the 25 senators up for re-election in 2012 who supported DADT repeal.

"Homosexual sin will always be a stench in the nostrils of Almighty God, an abomination which God condemns and shall punish with everlasting destruction. Even if the Senate had voted 100 to 0 to legalize sin, they could not remove God from His throne of Judgment, before which every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord," he wrote.

Klingenschmitt was dishonorably discharged from the Navy in 2006 after a court martial found him guilty of disobeying a lawful order and attending a political protest outside the White House in his uniform.

Klingenschmitt was protesting the Bush administration's refusal to accede to his demands for an executive order allowing him to "pray in the name of Jesus."

He had previously complained that Navy officials required him to offer "generic, non-sectarian prayers."

Klingenschmitt has also issued what he describes as "imprecatory prayers" calling for God to kill the leaders of the religious liberty group Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Klingenschmitt reportedly belongs to a small evangelical offshoot of the Episcopal Church, aligned with some anti-Gay African churches and with the Campus Crusade for Christ ministry.

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