Navy Threatens To End 19-Year Career Of Decorated Chaplain Who Served Navy SEAL Teams. Why, for allegedly scolding sailors for homosexuality and premarital sex.
By order of his commanding officer, Chaplain Wes Modder spends his days alone in the base chapel. He is no longer allowed into his office., and he is not allowed to speak to the sailors in his unit. If anyone from his unit comes into the chapel, he may not speak with them.
Navy Capt. Jon Fahs, NNPTC commander, cited several specific incidents in which Modder offered inappropriate counseling to sailors in the command, according to the detachment for cause letter. The letter states that Modder:
* Told a female that she was “shaming herself in the eyes of god” for having premarital sex.
* Told another student that homosexuality was wrong and that “the penis was meant for the vagina and not for the anus.”
* Suggested to a student that he, Modder, had the ability to “save” gay people.
* “Berated” a student for becoming pregnant while not married.
Liberty Institute responds to the Navy’s threatened punishment of Chaplain Wes Modder, a decorated Navy chaplain and former Marine. Modder has been called “the best of the best” and a “national asset” with “charismatic leadership and sound judgment” by his former Marine and Navy SEAL commanders. The Navy is threatening Chaplain Modder with career-ending punishment because of the faith-based views he expressed in private counseling sessions with sailors. The Navy has requested that Modder be barred from promotion, fired from his job as chaplain, and brought before a military Board of Inquiry, where he could be forced out of the Navy. Modder is only months away from his twentieth anniversary of active military service.
Modder previously served as the Force chaplain for Naval Special Warfare Command. He has deployed overseas multiple times during the War on Terror, including in support of DEVGRU and other SEAL teams in high-profile operations around the globe. He has received the highest possible ratings by his former commanders, who have commanded DEVGRU, SEAL Teams, and Naval Special Warfare Command.
In its response letter, Liberty Institute attorneys assert that censoring Chaplain Modder’s religious expression is unconstitutional religious discrimination. They note that federal law and military regulations forbid the Navy from punishing a chaplain because they act according to their faith. Liberty Institute also requests that the Navy allow Chaplain Modder to return to serving his sailors according to his faith.
“Chaplain Modder is a military hero who has put his life on the line to serve our nation. No chaplain should ever be punished for ministering to others according to their faith. That is the chaplain’s job; it’s exactly what they are supposed to do,” said Liberty Institute President and CEO Kelly Shackelford.
Mike Berry, Liberty Institute’s Director of Military Affairs, said, “The Navy is attacking a military hero who put his life on the line to serve our country – first as a Marine, then as a chaplain. They’ve given Chaplain Modder a choice: your religious freedom or your career. If the military can punish him for his views, what is the point of even pretending we have religious liberty in the military?”
In the past, members of Congress have spoken out in Modder’s defense. The issue now is whether the new gay ascendancy sweeps all before it, including the right to teach and counsel from the Bible.
H/T Military Times
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