Friday, December 6, 2013

Two Chaplains Punished For Praying "In Jesus' Name"

Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt, PhD, Pray in Jesus Name Project: Two military chaplains, one Army and one Navy, have been booted by the Veterans Administration from a liberal hospital training program because they prayed "in Jesus' name" and quotes scripture in the classroom during academic discussion.

Christian Press reports that "A lawsuit alleges that the leader of a San Diego-based Department of Veterans Affairs chaplain training program severely mocked two Christian participants because of their faith. One of the chaplains eventually left the program voluntarily because of the treatment; the program leader eventually ejected the other participant."

"Chaplains Maj. Steven Firtko, U.S. Army (Ret.) and Lt. Cmdr. Dan Klender, U.S. Navy, entered the San Diego VA-DOD Clinical Pastoral Education Center program in August 2012.

"Shortly thereafter, the program's supervisor, Nancy Dietsch, began to harass the two men for their beliefs. On various occasions and without provocation, she admonished them not to pray in Jesus' name or cite Scripture, sometimes pounding her fists on her desk, accusing them of 'not giving a rat's ass' about VA patients and other members of the military, and threatening to fail them. She continued to openly ridicule them and their beliefs openly in class.

"In February, Klender voluntarily withdrew from the program solely because of Dietsch's harassment. Firtko, whom Dietsch placed on probation, received a letter dated Feb. 15 from the VA and Dietsch notifying him that he would be dismissed from the program March 1. Both Klender and Firtko filed formal complaints with the VA in July.

"The lawsuit, Conservative Baptist Association of America v. Shinseki, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, explains that all administrative options have been exhausted and that the harassment that the chaplains endured violates the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Administrative Procedures Act, and the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution."

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1 comment :

Belinda Duras said...

TIME TO FIGHT AMERICA. OUR FOUNDING FATHERS PASTORS AND PREACHERS DID NOT BOW TO EVIL AND WE WILL NOT EITHER.