Target: Congressman Walter Jones
Goal: Allow military chaplains to pray in the name of Jesus
Military chaplains cannot be forced to say something in opposition to their theology, but they are still being prevented from exercising their beliefs. While inclusive prayers are appropriate for public announcements and such, this idea of political correctness is being abused when it comes to the chaplains. Sign this petition in order to ask that the chaplains be trusted to show enough judgment and discretion during public prayers without being forced to omit Jesus’s name.
Eighty percent of soldiers are Christians and denying them their religion by denying their chaplain the right to prayer to their Lord in front of other soldiers is an abuse of their First Amendment rights. It’s disregarding the separation between Church and State. Why even have a Catholic military chaplain if he cannot offer prayer and comfort outside the chapel?
In 2004, Navy Lt. Gordon Klingenschmitt was reprimanded for his invocation of Jesus’ name while in a chapel and while presiding over a Catholic funeral. Today, he claims he will likely lose his job soon. While present at a protest, he wore his Navy uniform and was court-martialed. The protest took place outside the White House and was for the chaplain’s right to invoke Jesus’ name in prayer.
Military Chaplains have a purpose. To deny them the right to fulfill their purpose and the right to exercise their First Amendment privileges is a frightening misuse of power. Please sign the petition so that chaplains will be allowed to invoke Jesus’ name during their prayers.
Dear Congressman Walter Jones,
There are times when too much tolerance can lead to intolerance. As far as I can tell, there is no law denying chaplains their right to invoke Jesus’ name in prayer, and there have been no instances of Muslim chaplains being penalized for praying to Allah nor Jewish Rabbi’s being penalized for speaking in Hebrew. This is discrimination disguised as tolerance.
If limits are to be applied to military chaplains, they must be applied equally or not at all. There is nothing wrong with invoking Jesus’ name in prayer, no reason for the chaplains to be denied the right to speak his Name, and until the military can come up with a reasonable and defendable position regarding their decision, the chaplains should be allowed to write their own prayers, as they are certainly capable of it.
Thank you for your time and efforts regarding the measures you have taken to ensure Christian military chaplains can invoke the name of their Lord. Please continue your efforts knowing you have my support.
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