Allen B. West

Navy Pentecostal chaplain may get fired for preaching his faith; but remember, Nidal Hasan never was

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You may recall the story we covered about the Army Chaplain at Ft. Benning, Georgia who came under disciplinary actions for, well, doing what a chaplain is supposed to do — counsel a Soldier based on their faith. Here we go again, except this time it’s the Navy.

According to the Military Times, “A Pentecostal chaplain once assigned to elite Navy SEAL units may be kicked out of the Navy for allegedly scolding sailors for homosexuality and premarital sex.”

Lt. Cmdr. Wesley Modder was given a “detachment for cause” letter on Feb. 17 after his commanders concluded that he is “intolerant” and “unable to function in the diverse and pluralistic environment” of his current assignment at the Navy Nuclear Power Training Command in South Carolina.”

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“Modder denies any wrongdoing and is fighting the dismissal with attorneys from the Liberty Institute, which advocates for religious expression in the military and in public institutions. Modder has served more than 19 years and could lose his retirement benefits if the Navy convenes a board of inquiry and officially separate him before he completes 20 years of service.”

First of all, I tend to believe the Military Times may be trying to sensationalize the incident a bit by saying the chaplain “scolded” the Sailors.

I was been born and raised in the South and let’s be honest, what type of counseling do people think they’ll get from Pentecostal chaplains? They’re going to counsel the Sailor, or any troop, based on their religious belief — notice I did not say faith.

Pentecostal belief is a stringent adherence to the New Testament for Christians. Was this recent or has there been a systemic issue with Chaplain (Lt. Cmdr) Modder? Could there possibly be a group of Sailors targeting the Chaplain?

One of the items we debated in the House Armed Services Committee was language for the NDAA to protect chaplains and their beliefs. In 2013, Congress passed a law that no chaplains will be forced to “perform any rite, ritual or ceremony that is contrary to the conscience, moral principles or religious beliefs.”

Here is the nexus of this case. “Certain commanders felt that allowing vulnerable sailors to be counseled by Modder is “a recipe for tragedy,” according to the letter. The issue arose after multiple Sailors filed equal opportunity complaints about Modder with the command, alleging discrimination. When confronted with the complaints, Modder told his command that “he will not follow Navy policy if it conflicts with his faith,” according to the letter. Officials decided that “counseling is inappropriate in this case” and that Modder “must be removed from the command.”

Military Times reports these specific instances detailed in the letter:

— Told a female that she was “shaming herself in the eyes of god” for having premarital sex.
— Told another student that homosexuality was wrong and that “the penis was meant for the vagina and not for the anus.”
— Suggested to a student that he, Modder, had the ability to “save” gay people.
— “Berated” a student for becoming pregnant while not married.

Yeah, well, Pentecostals do not believe in premarital sex, they adhere to Romans Chapter One when it comes to accepting homosexuality as sin. They believe that God’s saving grace can save anyone from sin. I am not a Pentecostal, but you can bet by the end of the day, the progressive socialist left will have made me out to be one.

Now, I’m not about to debate what Chaplain Modder said or did but here is my stickling point. The Navy Commanders stated in a letter that “he is “intolerant” and “unable to function in the diverse and pluralistic environment” of his current assignment at the Navy Nuclear Power Training Command in South Carolina.”

Did anyone think to say the same thing about someone who was also counseling American troops — a military psychiatrist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center named Major Malik Nidal Hasan?

Reports firmly state that Hasan was proselytizing and condemning Soldiers for fighting against his religious belief, Islam. So I’m going to ask the real hard question here: why did no one make a big deal about discharging Hasan?

Why was it that Hasan berating Soldiers in his care as a psychiatric professional went unpunished? As a matter of fact, Hasan was transferred from Walter Reed to Ft. Hood Texas and as the saying goes, “the rest is history.”

Hasan had Soldiers under his care who were suffering from PTSD and were seeking counsel — I will state, I find his actions far more heinous and disgusting than Chaplain Modder’s. Hasan could have further driven afflicted Soldiers into a deeper darker place.

So why is there this hunt against Christian chaplains but not a doggone thing was done to Nidal Hasan when what he was doing was well known?

Could it be that in this “diverse and pluralistic environment” of the new military, tolerance has become a one-way street? In the case of Nidal Hasan, it certainly led to the deaths of 14 Americans and the wounding of some 32 others, on a military installation.

I bet Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation is probably quite proud of the case against Navy Chaplain Modder. But where was ol’ Mikey in the case of Nidal Hasan? Those of you who will clearly condemn Lt. Cmdr Modder, ask yourself, where was the condemnation letter on Nidal Hasan and his eventual “workplace violence?”

This I will say: Lt. Cmdr Modder has done nothing to warrant a dishonorable discharge and nothing warrants his discharge before his 20-year point. Just as a reminder, we the American taxpayers continued to provide full pay to Nidal Hasan after his Islamic jihadist attack that fateful day in December 2009.

I just thought I would put this into perspective for y’all.

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