Retired Navy Chaplain Says Military is Now Hostile to Christianity
Newly retired Navy chaplain Wes Modder said in a recent interview that the military has become openly hostile to Christianity.
In an interview with OneNewsNow, Modder, who the Navy tried to fire in 2015 for failing to act properly “in [a] diverse and pluralistic environment,” said that Christians need to understand if they remain in uniform, they will be attacked by military officials hostile to their beliefs.
The problem is even worse for Christians just now joining the military.
“If you’re a Christian and you come into the military today, it’s going to be difficult for you,” Modder added.
Modder was serving at the Nuclear Power Training Command in Charleston, South Carolina, with regard from his superiors, but that all changed in 2014. A gay lieutenant junior grade officer poked and prodded Modder during private counseling sessions to answer questions about homosexuality and same-sex marriage the officer knew would land him in hot water.
At the time, Modder had no idea the officer was gay.
“I came to find out later that he was a gay activist, and I was targeted,” Modder told OneNewsNow. “And, of course, the chaplain I was working with at this Navy Nuclear Power Training Command in Charleston — she was a very liberal United Methodist command chaplain. She decided to escalate it, brought charges that I was intolerant [and] not able to function in a diverse pluralistic environment.”
The officer then carefully noted the answers provided and used them to build a case against Modder, who previously had earned high praise from his commander officer Capt. Jon R. Fahs, namely that as a chaplain he was “the best of the best.”
Five months later, Fahs turned on Modder and said he discriminated against his students, creating an open controversy about religious freedom in the military.
With a complaint in hand from Equal Opportunity representatives, the Navy removed Modder from his duties.
The Navy attempted to fire the chaplain, but the investigation found that the case was remarkably weak, leading to the removal of the “Detachment for Cause” action against him. First Liberty, a legal defense group focused on religious liberty, provided representation for Modder, allowing him to retire after 20 years of service on September 6 with an honorable discharge and medal of accommodation.
[Stream note: As further proof of Modder’s point, DCNF also reported today that the Pentagon has unexpectedly decided to pay for transgender sex reassignment surgery. You can read that story here.]
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