Sunday, March 4, 2007

Klingenschmitt Admits He Compromised His Faith!

Reaction to Klingenschmitt's Unseemly Behavior is Seen Nationwide

Former naval officer, Gordon Klingenschmitt, admitted two weeks after his federal conviction that he compromised his faith for over eight months while serving on USS ANZIO. On 1 October 2006, Klingenschmitt wrote on ReligionLaw "[I] Compromised my own faith by obediently praying only Jewish prayers (Old Testament Psalms) in public, for eight months..."
This "smoking gun" admission came after months of Klingenschmitt's adamant claims that he was duty bound to follow "the faith of his bishop" regardless of the consequences. Many conservative evangelical Navy chaplains across the nation are left wondering why Klingenschmitt, who was an Evangelical Episcopal chaplain at the time, was impersonating a Jewish Rabbi!

17 comments:

dc rev said...

This man should be ashamed of himself! Not only does he have problems with telling the truth, but now he can't stick with one religion!

Captain Bleigh said...

This Guy is a piece of work glad he's not on active duty anymore. What a disgrace, I've never seen a chaplain conduct himself in such an unseemly manner.

Navy Priest in Iraq said...

Jewish prayers? What a knucklehead! You should have met him at Chaplain's School. He was completely arrogant and totally impossible to get along with. The Navy Chaplaincy is actually rather easy. All one has to do is be faithful to his own church and get along with other people. I guess Gordon couldn't manage either. It is no wonder after seeing him in action.

Navy Priest in Iraq said...

Yes, Disneyland, the happiest place on earth, is no place for the most disagreeable person on earth, Gordon Klingenschmitt.

Marine 0302 said...

Hilarious! Kling sure comes across as a huge idiot with this one. Jewish prayers? Does that mean that the Old Testament doesn't count for Christians? What a moron.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, Jewish prayers? What a complete jerk. I am sure that our Jewish friends are just as offended by this man's stupidity as we Christians are with his dishonesty.

NavyChaps said...

Anonymous,

I agree wholeheartedly with you.

Anonymous said...

I, too, agree with all of you. How could anyone be that completely stupid?

CDR L said...

Wow! How did I miss this one? What a total moron! Jewish prayers? I guess that anyone who is ordained as a protestant, yet claims to be a Roman Catholic lay leader in good standing is just stupid enough to say something this ignorant.

Anonymous said...

I am totally new to the GK controversy (ya I don't get out much), but aren't most of your comments taken out of context? I went to your referenced site and it just seems that his comment about praying 'Jewish prayers' was a concession he was making at the time that he in fact, couldn't live with. This seems to be why he was up in arms about it. He wasn't denying his faith by praying from the Old Testament, but clearly he was unfulfilled by feeling forced to stick to that alone. While I tend to concur that there seems to be quite a bit of spin on his part, based on what I see here I suspect that most of you that have commented here are equally biased.

NavyChaps said...

Anonymous,

No, we are not reading anything out of context in this case. GK has done a more than adequate job indicating just how unprepared he was for Active Duty ministry as a Navy chaplain. He misrepresented his entire sad, short Navy career and continues to propagate false stories concerning "persecution" that only he could perceive. Had the Navy not waived the mandatory two-years of pastoral experience in GK's case, he may have been able to learn how to deal with people in real ministry. Sadly, he had some sort of weird view of chaplaincy that no one else held. When he realized that, he began to attack the organization from the very start. No, GK has made some very extreme, unprovable statements. This is simply one of those extreme GK moments.

Real American Believer said...

Who the heck to you people think that you are? Gordon is one of the most faithful MEN in the USA. Not like you sorry excuses for unredeemed humanity! God bless America and deliver us from traitors in uniform.

A Real American Period! said...

Hey Believer,

Guess what. I think that the Rapture already happened and you were left behind. At least, I know that I would have left a moron like you behind if I were the Lord! Get a real life and become a real believer.

Botany Bob said...

I saw a thing about this guy on some other blog, this is hilarious! I mean how funny could someone like this Klingenshmidt be in real life, I suppose he is a lot more serious about his mission than you, but this is funny as hell. You guys get worked up but it is funny, I could see all you military types bitching about this guy in a bar, but I liked the picture with Klingenshmidt riding the bomb on your other site...whoever did that was a great photo editor. LOL!

NavyChaps said...

Hey guys,

I don't mind comments that disagree with my views. I do, however, mind comments that are trying to sell viagra or other medicines. Those are the only comments that I delete.

Navy Baptist Chaplain Combat Veteran said...

Gordon was the biggest whackjob I ever saw in Navy Chaplains School. I couldn't believe that someone was so stupid despite the naturally brilliant intellect that God gave him. I am still amazed at his stupid, stupid choices.

Conservative Evangelical Navy Chaplain said...

I do agree with most of those who commented here. "Jewish prayers" are typically considered prayers prayed by Jews. A Christian who correctly uses the Old Testament in a prayer is simply praying a Christian prayer. Christian, because of the faith of the one praying; not because the prayer came out of either Testament in the Bible.

How could Gordon Klingenschmitt make such laughably stupid comments as a defense for his very rude, boorish behavior when he wore a Navy officer's uniform?