DISCLAIMER: The views of former Navy Chaplain Klingenschmitt do not represent the views of the U.S. Navy. 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 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. 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. Read their fascinating "attention-seeking" press release (which got no media coverage)~ below. Ironically~ their press release solicits donations~ trying to make money as "professional complainers" by opposing religious liberty in the military. Chaps defends religious liberty for all~ especially those in the military. To whom would you rather donate?
READ PDF HERE: Chaplain Klingenschmitt’s response to Mikey Weinstein and Barry Lynn’s accusatory press release below~ with seven proofs that Mikey Weinstein and Barry Lynn both do themselves the exact same things they accuse Klingenschmitt of doing. BLISTERING EXPOSITORY OF BARRY LYNN AND MIKEY WEINSTEIN’S BREATHTAKING HYPOCRISY!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 16~ 2009
JOINT AU/MRFF LETTER TO
CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS
April 16~ 2009
To: Admiral Gary Roughead~ United States Chief of Naval Operations
We write today with information concerning Gordon James Klingenschmitt~ a former Navy chaplain whom we believe is attempting to create the false impression that he is still an active-duty member of the U.S. armed forces.
As you may know~ Klingenschmitt was involved in a dispute with naval officials in 2005-06 over the types of prayers he was expected to offer at public events. After a series of such clashes~ Klingenschmitt was removed from the Navy in 2007.
We were surprised~ therefore~ to see the enclosed e-mail message from Klingenschmitt dated March 30~ 2009. The e-mail includes a photo of Klingenschmitt in a naval uniform and it is signed by “Chaplain Gordon
Anyone reading this message who was unfamiliar with Klingenschmitt’s history would assume it was coming from an active-duty chaplain. This appears to be a deliberate attempt on the part of Klingenschmitt to create this impression. He would like to exploit the prestige of the U.S. Navy to promote his latest venture~ a website with political content called www.prayinjesusname.org.
This site~ which also includes a photograph of Klingenschmitt in uniform~ includes an appeal for donations~ noting that funds may be given over the Internet via credit cards. (See enclosed screen image of the homepage of Klingenschmitt’s Web site~ captured April 16~ 2009.)
Title 18 USC Sec. 912 Chapter 43 is clear about misuse of military uniforms. Sec. 912 reads~ “Whoever falsely assumes or pretends to be an officer or employee acting under the authority of the United States or any department~ agency or officer thereof~ and acts as such~ or in such pretended character demands or obtains any money~ paper~ document~ or thing of value~ shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years~ or both.”
By using a photo of himself in a naval uniform and signing his appeal as “Chaplain~” Klingenschmitt has~ we believe~ violated this portion of
We urge you to investigate this matter and fully enforce the law.
Barry W. Lynn~
Americans United for Separation of Church and State
518 C Street NE~ Washington~ DC 20002
Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein~ Esq.
Founder & President
Military Religious Freedom Foundation
cc: Vice Admiral Bruce MacDonald
Judge Advocate Generals Corps~
United States Navy Judge Advocate General
1322 Patterson Ave.
Washington Navy Yard
Washington~ D.C. 20374-5066
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