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Demon-obsessed ex-Navy pastor ‘Dr. Chaps’ wins Colorado state house primary

By David Ferguson
Thursday, June 26, 2014 8:24 EDT
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Former Navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt uses MLK to justify homophobia [Right Wing Watch]
 
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Ex-Navy pastor turned demon-obsessed conservative scold Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt has won the Republican primary to represent Colorado’s House District 15 in the state House of Representatives.

Right Wing Watch reported that Klingenschmitt beat his opponent Dave Williams by 344 votes, enough to put him in the running for the state House seat vacated by state Rep. Mark Waller (R-Colorado Springs), who ran for state attorney general.

Raw Story readers will recognize Klingenschmitt from his many statements blaming demons and evil spirits for homosexuality, transgenderism, same-sex marriage and abortion, and for declaring that same-sex couples and the people who support their right to marry — including former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) — are all “worthy of death.”

Human beings are not the only creatures at risk from “gay demons,” Klingenschmitt believes. Animals, too, he said, can be possessed by them as well.

Right Wing Watch’s Kyle Mantyla wrote, “Klingenschmitt is a viciously anti-gay theocrat who openly proclaims that American law must reflect God’s law, which is why gay people should be discriminated against since only people who are going to heaven are entitled to equal treatment by the government.”

Klingenschmitt also said that gay soldiers are unfit for combat because they are constantly “taking breaks on the combat field to change diapers all because their treacherous sin causes them to lose control of their bowels.”

The former Navy pastor was booted from the armed services for disobeying a standing prohibition against military personnel wearing their uniforms to partisan political events. In 2006, Klingenschmitt wore his uniform to a protest at the White House at which he complained about the Navy’s policy against denomination-specific prayers in public areas.

A March 22, 2006 e-mail from Vice Adm. John C. Harvey Jr., the Navy’s head of personnel, to Adm. Michael G. Mullen — then chief of naval operations — recommended that Klingenschmitt be “involuntarily released” from the Navy “due to a lack of career potential.”

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
 
 
 
 
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