You really have to feel for Navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt who has been doing all that he can to make himself a household name.
First, he went on a hunger strike in front of the White House, claiming that the Navy was prohibiting him praying according to the tenets of his faith, though the Navy says that was not the case at all. Then he accused his superior of censoring and harassing him, which the Navy also said was nonsense. The Navy then accused Klingenschmitt of “wrongfully wearing his uniform while attending and participating in a news conference in support of personal views on political and religious issues” while tirelessly highlighting his oppression, but Klingenschmitt “refused to accept non-judicial punishment on the charge … [and] demanded a court-martial instead.” That is exactly what he got and he was quickly found guilty, but the jury merely recommended that he receive a letter of reprimand and “forfeit $250 pay per month for a year but suggested that the monetary punishment be suspended. “
Still not satisfied, Klingenschmitt is vowing to appeal and one has to wonder just how far Klingenschmitt is willing to go
“Jesus was crucified, Peter and John were flogged and I got a minor reprimand,” Klingenschmitt said in a telephone interview after court. “I have not yet become a martyr for the faith.”
This is not surprising rhetoric for Klingenschmitt who, when he appeared at Vision America’s “War on Christians and Values Voters” conference earlier this year, publicly likened himself to Abdul Rahman, the man who faced a potential death sentence for converting to Christianity in Afghanistan.