Dear Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Leader Mitch McConnell (via Congressman Doug Lamborn):

This petition requests that you SPONSOR an amendment to the NDAA to let MILITARY CHAPLAINS PRAY according to the dictates of their CONSCIENCE.

The persecution of military chaplains who pray "in Jesus' name," is widespread and systematic. 65 Chaplains are suing the Navy, after being denied promotion because of their religious beliefs. Political correctness is censoring chaplains, allowing the government to dictate "which God" the chaplain may pray to, or what "illegal words" may not be uttered during prayer, when a chaplain gives an invocation. This clearly violates the Chaplains' First Amendment rights.

Former Navy Chaplain Klingenschmitt was literally court-martialed in 2006, (and later vindicated by Congress), when the military judge declared "worshipping in public" was not protected by federal law. While Congress later rescinded SECNAVINST 1730.7C, the bad policy under which the Chaplain was wrongly punished, that victory was not grandfathered back, so the Chaplain lost his 16 year career and pension.

Former Congressman (the late) Walter Jones tried repeatedly to pass a bill that would not establish any religion, rather it would promote freedom of speech and freedom of religious expression for any chaplain of any faith, to simply pray however his own religion and conscience dictates. Let the Muslims pray to Allah, the Catholics pray to Mary, let the atheists say "good luck," but STOP PUNISHING CHAPLAINS WHO PRAY IN JESUS' NAME.


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G & F.M. Colorado

“Our entire family is military veteran… and my 97 year old mother and I were blessed seeing your show on TV… we are very thankful for Christian brothers like you in this life that have the ‘grit’ to stand up for their beliefs & dedications with Jesus Christ like you have done…

Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt

About Dr. Chaps

Gordon James Klingenschmitt (aka “Dr. Chaps”) is the national TV show host of PIJN NEWS on the NRB network, affiliate faculty at Colorado Christian University, and the former Navy Chaplain who dared to pray “in Jesus’ name.” An ordained Pentecostal minister, he earned his PhD in Theology from Regent University and is ranked among “the top 1% most endorsed in United States for Preaching” by Linkedin in 2013. Learn More