|Chaplain Wes Modder, USN|
However, a very small number of sailors requested private, pastoral care and counseling sessions during which they asked him about certain matters of personal conduct and belief. Chaplain Modder’s answers, as always, were in line with the teachings of his endorsing denomination, as required by his denomination and protected by federal law. Then, a handful of sailors complained, because they disagreed with the biblical views Chaplain Modder expressed in response to their questions.In reaction, the Navy removed Chaplain Modder from his unit and isolated him at the base chapel, cutting him off from his sailors and forbidding him from ministering to their spiritual needs. Chaplain Modder’s commander launched a three-pronged attack against him, requesting that Chaplain Modder be:
1) Removed from the promotion list.
2) “Detached for cause,” the military equivalent of being fired.
3) Brought before an official Board of Inquiry, where he could be involuntarily forced out of the Navy.
Chaplain Modder’s attorney, Liberty Institute Senior Counsel Mike Berry—Director of Military Affairs for Liberty Institute, a former U.S. Marine JAG Officer, and adjunct law
professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, will be our guest Tuesday on
Faith On Trial.
Liberty Institute has requested that the Navy rescind all three threats against him, and return him to duty and good standing so he can continue his “best of the best” service to sailors and Marines who need him.
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