Victory for Military Chaplains Who Pray "In Jesus Name"
Gordon James Klingenschmitt
chaplaingate at yahoo.com
Mon Oct 2 07:13:45 PDT 2006
Having lost this debate on its intellectual merits, Mr. Finkelman resorts to personal attacks on my character.
Yet I agree with him on one point, that pride is a terrible sin, so I shall here endeavor to humbly practice Proverbs 27:2: "Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips" lest I appear to toot my own horn.
84% of the Sailors on my ship agreed, "the command chaplain cares for all denominations, regardless of faith or belief.
94% of Americans supported me during my hunger strike, and only 6% supported the Navy's position, in this poll:
85% of Americans supported my position on the issue of letting chaplains pray in Jesus name, in this poll:
Ultimately, even public opinion is secondary to God's opinion, and if I have pleased Him then I am justified.
But having lost this NATIONAL debate, the anti-Jesus crowd was properly rebuked by the American public (who is decidedly pro-Jesus), and so the Navy and Air Force were ordered by Congress to respect public opinion (and the Constitution), so freedom of religious expression was properly restored.
I don't mind the personal insults by Mr. Guinn and Mr. Finkelman, (I've been insulted by better men), but their lack of intellectual argument appears very much as "sour grapes."
Paul Finkelman <pfink at albanylaw.edu> wrote:
Sounds very much like someone tooting his own horn? Is excessive pride
also a sin?
One can only wonder how G-d will respond to someone who brags about his
work to make outcasts of gay members of the human family. Perhaps the
Chaplain should try marching a mile or two in the boot of a gay sailor
I am no expert on the chaplain's faith, but have spent a great deal of
my life studying religion and this is the first time I have ever heard a
Christian assert that praying fomr the Book of Psalms compromised a
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