A disgraced Navy chaplain promoted the grotesque warnings of anti-LGBT religious leaders Tuesday on his syndicated radio program.
Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt read from a press release issued earlier this month by three retired military chaplains who claimed that allowing LGBT troops to serve openly in the military undermined civilization itself, reported Right Wing Watch.
Klingeschmitt, who was reprimanded by the U.S. Navy for disobeying orders against political activities in uniform, said the retired chaplains were advocating on behalf of active-duty religious leaders who were unable to speak out.
“In the wake of the Obama administration’s repeal of the don’t ask don’t tell policy, many military chaplains would be criticized as ‘not a team player’ or even denied promotions like the 65 evangelicals who are still suing the Navy if they dared to criticize for example the sin of homosexuality,” said Klingenschmitt, making ironic air quotes as he spoke. “But these three retired chaplains are now openly preaching things that other active duty chaplains cannot say.”
He read portions of a statement by Pentecostal chaplain John Kauffman, who argued that heterosexual marriage gave combat troops hope and a reason return home.
“But homosexuality is a combat divider, dividing one’s reason to live while taking breaks on the combat field to change diapers all because their treacherous sin causes them to lose control of their bowels,” Klingenschmitt said, reading from the retired chaplain’s statement.
Klingenschmitt apologized to his listeners for “the graphic image” he shared with them.
“But there are physical and biological consequences of that kind of conduct and he’s just pointing that out,” he said.
Other portions of the press release, which Klingenschmitt did not read on air, identified homosexuality as “the worst sin described in the Holy Bible” and punishable by “eternal damnation.”
“It’s a shame that the U.S. military, historically known to be a beacon of morality and religious tolerance and freedom, while the civilian sector has engaged in immorality, is now having its nose shoved in the dirt of filth to make the Sinners-in-Chief in the highest echelons of politics — the perverts, the pedophiles, and the psychiatrically ill — feel better about themselves,” the claplains’ statement said.
Watch video of Klingenschmitt’s program posted online by RWW Blog:
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